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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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While I figured out part of the ending, I did not figure out the whole thing. Great story with enough plot twists to keep me guessing. ( )
  hensley.221b | Oct 27, 2014 |
the characters were great such as tom, Minho, alby, chuk, etc. ( )
  kevinl.b4 | Oct 27, 2014 |
I hesitated on reading this book for a long time since I thought it was just another one of those Young Adult series which are so hit and miss. But finally I gave in and am now kicking myself to waiting to read this series. It was a great concept, with character depth (as much as possible when you have no memory of your history), excitement adventure and intrigue. I particularly liked that although this is a series and there's obviously more questions to be answered, I didn't finish this book feeling unsatisfied. I raced through this book and upon finishing went to the store to buy the second in the series. ( )
  she_climber | Oct 26, 2014 |
Great story, but I had so much problem with this book or specifically with the writing style. Its one thing to build suspense and but another to keep readers in the dark for no good reasons!

I don't need you to spoil the ending or anything but at least attempt to describe this dystopian world - Maze better in the beginning please! There were too many unanswered questions throughout the book and some are just easy questions that can be explained in one sentence but the author somehow felt it was better to leave everything unknown. It was so infuriating!

The first 100 or so pages, are just downright annoying and pointless. I get the author was attempting to build suspense, but honestly, whats the point, if all you readers decide to just gave up the book because we see no light at the end of the tunnel to this crap. I would have given this book 2 stars if its not for the ending.

The last third of this book was amazing, I really enjoyed it. The twist in plots, the surprises and the ending.. wow, it was awesome... though not awesome enough to make up for the horrible start...

P.S. This book is nothing like the Lord of the Flies... the fundamental concepts are completely different. These boys were chosen, they are smart and well trained. They are eliminated based on their ability to survive and eagerness to live. ( )
  o.orange.o | Oct 25, 2014 |
The Maze Runner by James Dashner was mainly about a boy named Thomas. Thomas arrived, in what they called the Glade, in a metal box. The Glade consisted if only boys and was surrounded by a gigantic maze, that changed every night. The only thing Thomas and the other boys could remember were their name. Thomas was quickly befriended by a young boy named Chuck. Chuck was around 13 and had been in the Glade for only 1 month. Thomas didn't think much of Chuck, at first. All Thomas cared about was getting answers. The others thought this was strange because most greenies, new kids that come to the glade, were mostly scared an frighten at first. Thomas on the other hand was just curious. Gally thought of course thought that Thomas was bad news. During Thomas's first few days, a runner, one of the boys who map out the glade, was stung by a griever. A griever was a vicious beast, which was part metal and had these stingers that the would prick you with and send a poison through your body. Ben when he was stung he ran back to the Glade and ambushed Thomas and attacked him. At the time Thomas was in the Dead Heads, the grave yard. Alby, who was 'in charge' of the gladers, the boys of the glade, was forced to shoot Ben in the head with an arrow. Ben however didn't die. From the moment he got there, Thomas knew he wanted to be a runner. Nevertheless Thomas first had to experience every type of job they had in the glade, before he can even get a recommendation to be trained to become a runner. This disappointed him. Thomas had a weird connection with her. He did not know how. Newt and Alby interrogated him, asking him all kinds a questions. One day on a daily run, Minho had found what he thought was a dead griever in one of the 8 sections of the maze. He ran as fast as he could back to the glade and informed Newt and Alby. It was around noon so Alby and Minho went back into the maze where Minho has found the 'dead' griever. Everyone was worried about them. The walls close every night and if they didn't make it back, they were as good as dead. No one has every survived a night in the maze. The walls were beginning to close, and everyone had lost hope, everyone except curious Thomas. Thomas had spotted movement in the maze, it was Minho carrying Alby. The walls were closing everyone was screaming for them to hurry but no one could help, the number one rule of the glade was that no one could step out of the Glade if they weren't a runner. The walls were almost closed and Alby and Minho werent through yet. Thomas ran into the maze without thinking he tightly squeezed through the wall and basically committed suicide. Well so they thought. Thomas of course had hope but Minho did not. He abandoned Alby and Thomas. Thomas was forced to tie Alby up in some vines and pull him high up the wall. Alby was unconscious an dying because he was stung from the so called 'dead griever'. Griever began arriving and one was chasing Thomas, Thomas used a special tactic to dodge a griever. Minho was watching and they teamed up an ran towards the cliff. They used the same tactic to run all the grievers off the cliff, there was only alittle night time left. Then went back towards the doors it was open no one was their except Chuck. Chuck began cheering and people noticed an game all too astonished. Thomas and Minho had become the first every Gladers to survive a night in the maze. The other runner went an got Alby he was actually still alive so they gave him the syrum and Alby went through the changing. After Minho and Thomas had rested after their long night in the maze. They explained everything that happened. Gally was furious that Thomas had not yet been punished for breaking the number one rule of the Gladers so he brought it up with Newt and the other keepers. They decided to put Thomas in the slammer for 1 day without food or water. Gally was still furious, but he wasn't one to talk he had done the exact same thing in the past and was stung. The day after Thomas had arrived a girl name Teresa came from the box, the gladers thought she was dead. She had a note clenched in her hand that said "She's the last one." She woke up and said "Thomas" but then quickly fell into a coma. She had waken up a few days later was able to talk to Thomas through telekinesis. She kept on saying how she 'triggered the ending'. Thomas was confused by this. Thomas had become a runner, an ran beside Minho. One night the walls did not close, making the Gladers vulnerable to the grievers. Gally went psychotic and said 'that each night the grievers would take one of the boys a night till they all were gone'. That was the last thing he said to them before he was taken by a griever that same night. Thomas remember that when they were at the cliff they discovered a secret invisible hole called the griever hole. Thomas found a new pattern, when the walls changed every night. Each of the eight sections spelled put a different letter to a word each night. An it would repeat. They figured out that it was a code. Each night just like Gally said the grievers took one boy a night. Newt, Thomas, Teresa, Minho, and a few others realized they couldn't stay there forever an thought. They remembered the griever hole and automatically realized it was they're way out. They informed the others an about 20 didn't listen and stayed behind. The others that believed in Thomas and Teresa followed them to the griever hole during the day. When they reached the cliff the creators, whoever put them there, knew there plan already. Alby thought that maybe they would only kill one of them like the rest of the nights and decided to sacrifice himself. It did not work everyone was devestated but was determined to get Thomas an Teresa to the griever hole so they could punch in the code to hopefully unlock the door to get out and shut off all the grievers. Thomas, Teresa, and Chuck made it down in the griever hole. They punched in the 8 word code, the last word being push, but it did not work. A griever came down the hole and Thomas fought it off long enough to realize the last word was and action and they had to literally push the button. It shut off all the grievers. One by one the gladers came down the hole only about half of them survived including Minho, Frypan, Winston, and Newt. They went through the door and entered a gigantic room where they met a lady and a boy in a hood holding a knife. The lady began talking about one last variable. The boy had taken his hood off revealing that it was Gally. Gally then threw the knife at Thomas but Chuck jumped in front of Thomas and saved his life, but in the proccess he lost his own. They then quickly killed Gally and Thomas was heart broken staring at Chuck, his best friends, lifeless body.

The Maze Runner was and amazing book. It was filled with action, which I love. Then ending however made me cry, I am still processing how he killed Chuck off. I would give this book 5 stars because it had all the right element of detail. It wasn't too romantic like most teen novels. Every single time I would put the book down it would leave me at a cliff hanger an make me want to read more. Like most great books, this novel had so many unexpected twist and turns. That raised the level of intensity and greatness of the novel. This is by far my favorite book. ( )
  BriannaM.B1 | Oct 22, 2014 |
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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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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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