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The Maze Runner (Book 1) by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Book 1) (edition 2010)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Maze Runner (Book 1)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Futuristic-fiction; Dystopia; YA

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Having suffered burn-out from so many YA trilogies (a few good, most not so good), I initially passed on The Maze Runner when it was released. When the film came out, I decided to give a try – and loved it. I thought the film had a great mix of action and character beats, and was much scarier than I anticipated. I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait 3 years to see how the story ended, provided it even got those sequels, so I ordered the books immediately.

Thomas awakes in a dark elevator/box which dumps him in the Glade. He doesn’t remember who he is or how he got there. Neither do any of the 50 or so boys already in the Glade. The Glade is surrounded by the Maze, which a few boys, known as Runners, have been exploring looking for an exit. The Maze houses traps and deadly Grievers. The boys and the Maze have been following a routine for nearly 3 years. When Thomas arrives, followed by Teresa the next day, things change.

Though there are definite similarities to “The Lord of the Flies,” I was grateful that they were only superficial. (I hated that book). Instead, the book introduces mystery amid all the action – who trapped these teens in a maze and why? Who or what is WICKED? The book is told from Thomas’ POV as he learns all that the teens know about their situation, even as it takes a turn for the worse, and spurs them to change tactics and fight against the Creators.

I truly enjoyed this book mainly because it stands apart from other YA dystopias. Thomas is innately curious; he’s a rebel simply because he has to know; has to find a solution. And, even characters you come to like can and do die. It added an urgency to the story that I found appealing and provided a realistic support for all the action. Most importantly for me, there is an underlying mystery. The teens aren’t just being tortured by a despotic regime because it has the power to do so – there is a reason. Finally, despite being the first in a series, the book has closure that left me satisfied while still eager for more. Overall, highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Oct 15, 2014 |
The maze runner is about a boy who is sent in a enclosed area known as the glade and stuck there with others until later on in the book they find an exit from somewhere they call the maze. The maze is just that a maze except every night the maze changes and every night things called grievers are sent out to kill what ever got stuck in there. Every day the maze opens and when it hits night time it closes if you get stuck in there chances are you will probably get eaten by the grievers. When Thomas (the boy/main character) enters the Glade he has no memory from before except for his name it happened to all the Gladers(people Thomas is stuck with) but they soon figure out that when there stung by grievers they start to remember other things than there name like Ben a runner(runners are people who go in the maze and try to find an escape) when he was stung he remembered that it was Thomas who put them all there (yes Thomas was the one who put them there; well he worked for the people that put them there until he was betrayed to and put there to) later on Teresa comes through the shaft as well and she was in comma for about a 2 weeks(the shaft was where they all came from to enter the Glade) Thomas and Teresa were able to telecummunicat ( )
  nicholasvb1 | Oct 14, 2014 |
In the dystopian novel a boy named Thomas wakes up in a strange place. He was in a small metal box surrounded by boys he didn’t know. All he could remember was his name.
Thomas had found his way to the glade. The glade was a big area where the boys lived surrounded by a giant maze. There was only one way out and that was through the exit in the maze. The glade had specific jobs for everybody to keep the glade running properly. One job was to be a runner, they ran out into the maze all day trying to find an exit. When Thomas sees the runners, he knows that’s what he wants to do. Throughout all of his time at the glade, all he can think about is that he needs to be a runner.
The second day after Thomas arrived, a girl showed up. The gladers were all boys and they only got a new person once a month. The girl came with a startling message about that she was the last one ever. After she gave the message she was in a coma for a few days. Everybody believed that Thomas had something to do it. None of them know how he had something to do with it, they just know he had something to do with it.
The leader, Alby, calls a meeting with all of the keepers. One of the keepers, Gally, had been through the changing. The changing is when someone gets stung by a griever, which is a big monster in the maze who stings people with poisonous needles. The changing happens when someone takes the serum to cure them of the griever sting, during the changing they get back some memories of their past before they came to the maze. Gally believes that he saw Thomas working with someone on the maze.
The keepers don’t know what to think of Thomas so they forget about it. When a startled runner keeper, Minho, comes rushing back, way earlier than he was supposed to. He claimed he had seen a dead griever and he had no idea who had killed it. Alby and Minho went out into the maze to see the griever. They were gone for a long time and the second in command, Newt, was worried. He knew that anyone who stays out on the maze all night, never survives. Just as the walls were closing, Minho was dragging Alby to get him out of the maze.
Thomas decided to run into the maze to help them. He made it in just as the walls closed behind him. Thomas and Minho were terrified and Alby had been stung by a griever and he needed the grief serum soon. Thomas had tied Alby high up on a wall so he would be safe through the night. Thomas and Minho had run away trying to stay away from the grievers in the maze.
In the morning, Minho and Thomas were at the wall waiting for the walls to open up. They untied Alby and brought him to get grief serum.
When they came back there was another meeting about Thomas and he was appointed as a runner, Thomas’ dream job. The next days, Minho taught Thomas how to be a runner and Newt asked Thomas to visit the girl. When Thomas visited the girl, she talked to him in his mind and he ran away, trying to get the voice out of his head.
Soon, the girl woke up from the coma and she knew she had to go see Thomas. She told Thomas that they were able to talk to each other telepathically. Thomas tried and she was able to hear him. They were able to keep talking, but the next day, inside of the glade, the normal blue sky, had turned gray. The walls wouldn’t shut and the grievers came into the glade. They only took one person, and then they left, to go back in the maze.
Minho and Thomas had found something strange in the maze and they now thought it was an exit. They led all the people who wanted to come. It was an invisible square that led to a hole.
The grievers were all waiting for them in front of the hole, the gladers had come ready to fight. Thomas and the girl, Teresa, were the ones who knew the password to let the gladers out of the maze. They had arrived in a room surrounded by creators of the maze.
I thought that this was a well written book with a good storyline. The storyline did not move too fast to understand and it wasn’t so slow it was boring. The main character Thomas had good character development. He had changed a lot since the beginning of the book. The storyline was god and it had a good plot that kept me interested throughout the book.
Overall, it was a good book that kept me interested and had a good storyline. ( )
  DeCoBr14 | Oct 14, 2014 |
The book The Maze Runner was an amazing book full of twists and turns.It had a lot of action and adventures.The begining of the book was a little boring but it got a lot better as it went on.My favorite part was when Thomas went into the maze for the first time to save newt and Alby. ( )
  Abch14 | Oct 8, 2014 |
Thomas awakens upon a rising platform with no specific memories about his life other than his name. He emerges from the darkness into The Glade, the living quarters of a small community surrounded by an intricate maze. His arrival signals the beginning of drastic changes to the order they have come to rely upon. Now they must solve the maze and escape or die within it. This is the first book in The Maze Runner trilogy it is also preceded by a prequel.

The Maze Runner is a post apocalyptic, science fiction story within the young adult genre. The first part of the story deals with the main character adjusting to life in The Glade. The descriptions are visually vivid and the world building is interesting. I liked the secondary characters and enjoyed seeing the different relationships portrayed. I also liked how their culture, language and society framework were showcased.

It took me a while to get into the story mainly because I didn't find the prominent amnesia issue all that interesting. Around the halfway point surfacing memories in other characters casts a different perspective on the main character. From that point onward I was thoroughly engaged. The second portion of the book is fast paced with increased action and suspense. It ends on a cliff hanger with unanswered questions that sets the foundation for the following books in the series. The Maze Runner is a fairly straightforward easy read with a mild tone that has some violence but avoids being excessively dark. ( )
  eloquent_codex | Oct 7, 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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