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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series #1) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series #1)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Dystopia, Fiction (Young Adult & Middle Grade), Science Fiction & Fantasy, Your library, To read

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)

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Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: In this book a boy named Thomas wakes up in a strange maze with only males living at the center of it. Then one day a girl shows up with a note saying she is the last one. Scary grievers lived inside the maze, so the boys didn't try very hard to get out. Until one day, the grievers came into where the boys (and 1 girl) lived. At this point, the group all had to find their way out of the maze. Thomas leads the group and they eventually make it out, only to realize that they aren't yet safe. This is science fiction because grievers are made up, and the world is not falling apart with a deadly disease. It was a story about a dystopia set in a very science ridden world.
Use in classroom: I think this book would be too scary to read outloud, but would be a good book to recommend to boys in the classroom.
Age appropriateness: Intermediate ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Apr 9, 2017 |
This is one of those books that sits in the young adult in dystopian world genre. In this book, we have a bunch of teenage boys, being sent to the maze, with no memories of their adult life. They don't know why they are there, or what they might have done to deserve this.

In some ways, it is typical, in others, not so much. I found it interesting the society that this group makes, with law and order. In a book like this, I would have expected the author to go with a less coherent group, more tribal.

The story itself is interesting, but it is way too long for what it tells. There is too much focus on the day to day, with action only happening in the last few chapters. There is also not enough explanation - the book ends on a cliff hanger.

Without giving spoilers, the reason for the maze is convoluted - and too wasteful. I can't imaging a society short on resources being willing to have the best and smartest teens killed. The other thing that baffles me is the solution to the maze... even if the meaning of it isn't apparent, the kids should have found the key fairly quickly into their imprisonment.

The writing is spare, characters while a bit above stereotypes - still fairly cardboard. The ending seemed too easy and does not actually explain anything. However, its a fast read and is exactly what it seems to be - a Young Adult Dystopian Novel. ( )
1 vote TheDivineOomba | Mar 19, 2017 |
(5/10) I really wanted to like this book, I persevered in the hope it would improve and there would be some reward or revelation for me that would make me desperate to read the next book (because I have the whole trilogy in my possession). Alas it would appear I waited in vain as I am no more knowledgeable now than I was going in.

The key thing that really annoyed me about this book was the total lack of explanation throughout. The characters seemed to spend all their time withholding information from each other for no apparent reason. Just to be clear these boys are supposed to be smart and the best they can come up with is to continuously run around the maze making maps and keeping it a total secret from the majority of the group. They kept saying "we have tried everything", well clearly not as within a few days of the introduction of Thomas the code has been cracked and they were escaping I just got so tired of hearing it, if you're trapped in an apparently exitless maze why are you literally running in circles achieving precisely nothing?!

On the up side it was a light read for a young adult dystopia, don't expect any The Hunger Games emotional weight as the characters here are more two dimensional than a piece of paper. I know that sounds harsh but I actually like a bit of substance to my characters and just because this is young adult I see no need to dumb down their plight.

On the whole this was a bit of a miss for me, I'll read the rest of the series but if I didn't already have them on my bookshelf I don't think I'd care enough to hunt them down. ( )
  LiteraryReadaholic | Mar 8, 2017 |
Interesting science fiction book for young adults. ( )
1 vote Baochuan | Jan 27, 2017 |
its really weird to b done a book and have more questions now than i did after the first 5 chapters. yet im interested and happy that i bought the scorch trials. onto the next i guess ( )
1 vote jordanakaforever | Jan 13, 2017 |
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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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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.

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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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