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Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maze Runner (2009)

by James Dashner

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Title:Maze Runner
Authors:James Dashner
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Tags:teen fiction, science fiction, survival, dystopia, cooperation

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)

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Meh. It was fine. I enjoyed listening to it with my kid but it's not something I would have finished if it were just me. We'll be listening to the second one in the near future. ( )
  amcheri | Jul 12, 2016 |
This book doesn't give you any real history. You don't know why these boys are being sent to this place. You don't know why they can't get out. They have been in the Glade for 2 years and haven't figured out how to get out/escape. The "runners" go into the maze when the walls open up during the day and they try to see if they can find an opening. Then Thomas shows up and then Teresa and everything changes. It's an interesting read and I wanted to get to the end to see what happens. Do they get out? Do they all die? Or do they stay there forever? what does, is pulls you into the story. On to Book Two! ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
I was a bit disappointed with this book compared to all of the praise it got in reviews and blogs. The main character, Thomas, woke up in a box that was seemingly going up. When it reached the top and opened he was met with a large group of boys who all lived there. They were in the middle of a huge maze and had everything they needed to survive, although they are looking for a way out. I thought the whole idea of this wasn't very interesting or unique because throughout the book they refer to the people who put them there as "Creators". I thought that this was not very different then other dystopia novels. Many of them involve a bad government forcing them to do something cruel or to be subject to them. I thought the character development was pretty decent. Especially due to the fact that Thomas does not find out his name until a bit later in the book. The other characters in the book are all very different from each other so it provides a good dialogue. With a lot of humor and a plot twist later on it was a pretty good book. The only thing I didn't like was how it wasn't very different compared to other dystopian books and did not live up to its reviews because of this. ( )
  fennsli7903 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Mind blown! This was a thinking woman/man's kinda book. It constantly kept me thinking, wondering, trying to work out what was going on. I only had a good idea about what was happening once throughout the entire story.

This was really good. It kept me interested the whole way through the book. I was cheering and jeering for characters and getting completely wrapped up in the story. I think this is one of the best plots I've read in a long time. Maybe because this isn't my usual type of story, but it captured me. I am very much looking forward to starting the next book in the series and am seriously happy with myself for buying the whole series at once!

Also, Dylan O'Brien is gonna kick so much ass as Thomas! Looking forward to the movie even though I know there's a high probability that they will ruin it. ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
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This must be one of the very first books where I loved the book, but disliked the main character. He does become more bearable towards the end of the book, but I found him very annoying at first. He’s not a bad person and I can see why he dislikes the people there because very few make him feel welcome when he arrives at the village, but I didn’t like the way that he so quickly discards other people’s experiences and knowledge of the village and the maze.

I wish that we knew more about the secondary characters, as I found them much more interesting than Thomas. The story is told from his point of view and it only covers a few days, but I think that characters such as Minho and Newt and underrated, as they’ve survived running in the maze for about two years. They must have interesting backstories that I hope will be explored in the rest of the series.

I loved the mystery and the questions and the intrigue and it’s a book that I found very difficult to put down and not peek at the end. Not all of the questions are answered at the end, but it’s not a bad thing because it left me very curious the rest of the trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll be disappointed at the end, but this book was an amazing start of a story. However, one thing that I didn’t like was how convenient some situations turned out to be. There are people in that village who have been studying clues for two years and Thomas arrives and solves it all in a couple of days.


Éste es uno de los primeros libros que me gustó mucho aunque no me gustara nada el personaje principal. No es tan inaguantable hacia el final y entiendo por qué no le gusta mucho la gente del pueblo porque no le hacen sentir bienvenido cuando llega, pero no me gustó el modo en que pasa completamente de la experiencia y el conocimiento que tienen otros del pueblo y del laberinto.

Me gustaría haber sabido más cosas de los personajes secundarios porque me parecieron mucho más interesantes que Thomas. La historia está escrita desde su punto de vista y sólo cubre unos pocos días, pero creo que personajes como Minho y Newt están infravalorados, ya que sobrevivieron corriendo en el laberinto unos dos años. Tienen que tener historias interesantes que espero que descubramos en el resto de la serie.

Me encantó el misterio y las preguntas y la intriga y es un libro que me costó dejar de leer y no mirar el final antes de llegar a él. No se descubre todo al final, pero no es malo porque me dejó con mucha curiosidad de saber qué pasa en el resto de la trilogía. No se si me decepcionará el final, pero es un principio increíble para una historia. Sin embargo, hay algo que no me gustó tanto y es cómo de convenientes son algunas cosas. Hay gente en ese pueblo que lleva estudiando pistas a lo largo de dos años y Thomas llega y lo soluciona casi todo en un par de días. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
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The story reads like a maze with erroneous turns, dead ends, and a plot that should work but falls short.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Media Connection, Constance G. Pappas (Nov 1, 2009)
James Dashner has created a thrilling dystopian novel.
The Maze Runner has a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Kristin Anderson (Oct 1, 2009)
With a fast-paced narrative steadily answering the myriad questions that arise and an ever-increasing air of tension, Dashner's suspenseful adventure will keep readers guessing until the very end.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 21, 2009)

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Teen must run through maze
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385737955, Paperback)

The first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner is a modern classic, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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