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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (original 2009; edition 2010)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Maze Runner
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Press (2010), Editie: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pagina's
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, science fiction, dystopia, mystery, amnesia

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)

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Interesting science fiction book for young adults. ( )
  Baochuan | Jan 27, 2017 |
The Maze Runner - James Dashner (The Maze Runner #01) What's it about? (from Goodreads): 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 30 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.
After a long time wanting to read this book, I finally did it as part of my 2104 TBR Pile Challenge and my 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.
The first thing that caughts one's attention is how short each chapter is. With just a few pages long each, the author doesn't fill you with meaningless situations just to occupy pages, but instead he makes everything goes faster, only showing you what you need to know for the story to advance. And that served another purpose, too: since you only know what Thomas knows (and that's not much, to begin with), and then the author doesn't show much of this new world either, you feel just like Thomas, confused and frustrated, trying to understand what's happening and not getting too many answers.

You only know there's a maze outside with awful monster-like creatures called Grievers that want to kill you, that once a month you get a new guy and also new supplies, and that so far, they haven't found a way to get out. And they have TRIED. Everyday, a bunch of kids run through the maze risking their lives, in order to find an exit or a clue for anything that can get them out or that giant, ever-changing maze. It's a disturbing situation.
What I didn't like was that everything was completely predictable. There was nothing that caught me by surprise, every bad guy, every good guy, every character's reaction, every death, every discovery, every turn of events was something you could see from miles away (except for the very last pages, with I didn't predict at all, and I won't say what it was!). HOWEVER, strangely enough, that didn't stop me from really enjoying this book. I have no idea why that happened, but even though I knew what was going to happen, I never got bored (once again, the short chapters were a very good move) and I never stopped being interested. Maybe it's because I liked the general idea of somthing like that happening and I really wanted to know how it ended. Either way, I hope to read the next books in the series.
The good news is that there's a movie coming out so it's going to be interesting to see how they capture the Grievers, the maze, and the characters in general. I just learned that Thomas Brodie-Sangster is portraying Newt and I've loved that kid since Love Actually, so I could not be happier about this! 

And just so you know, you can also see him in HBO's Game of Thrones :) ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 13, 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 ( )
  jordanakaforever | Jan 13, 2017 |
Wasn Scheiß. Die Story war unausgegoren, hanebüchen; der Schreibstil als hätte sich eine 14-jährige an einer Geschichte versucht und die wäre zufällig im Druck gelandet.

Ständig wurde etwas wiederholt. In einem Kapitel wollte Thomas gleich 3 mal aufstehen und jemandem Applaudieren, der seiner Meinung etwas gutes gesagt hat. Thomas lässt sich von jemandem etwas erklären, um dann zu denken "Ach ja, das hat mir ja schon jemand anderes erzählt." Ja, und daran kann sich der Leser auch noch ganz gut erinnern, weil das erst letzte Seite passiert ist.

Die Charaktere haben keinerlei Persönlichkeit. Jedes mal wenn einer gestorben ist war das eher eine Och, hm, ja.-Reaktion. Nicht nur vom Leser, Thomas interessiert sich auch einen Dreck für seine Mitmenschen. Angeblich ist das anders, weil der Autor ständig schreibt, dass das nicht so ist, aber gefühlt habe ich davon nichts. Genausowenig von anderen Emotionen. Dashner schreibt, dass Thomas irgendetwas fühlt, aber merkt es der Leser? Nö. Ihr würdet mir jetzt auch nicht glauben wenn ich schreibe, dass ich diese Rezension schrieb als ich vollkommen glücklich war, als hätte ich mir gerade Hundewelpenfotos angeguckt. Man kann als Autor nicht einfach eine Puppe hinstellen und sagen, das fühlt sie jetzt. So funktioniert das nicht. Die restlichen Figuren waren genauso interessant.

Das "Labyrinth". Man sieht davon als Leser überhaupt nichts. Beim Lesen hatte ich den Eindruck, das ist nur ein einziger Gang, der zur Klippe führt.

Dann gehts weiter mit dem Bauernhofleben: Die Jungs versorgen sich selbst. Dennoch gibt es jeden Tag zu jeder Mahlzeit Fleisch. Morgens, Mittags, Abends, Zwischendurch. Wie? Müssen die das Vieh nicht erst großziehen vor dem Schlachten? Ansosnten könnten sie ja damit nicht weiter züchten. Sehr seltsam.

Ein anderes Problem waren die Uhrzeiten. Die Tageszeit war, was der Autor bestimmt hat. Es kann sein, dass Thomas aufwacht, drei Schritte läuft, und dann ist es plötzlich Abend. Überspitzt ausgedrückt. Es kommt einfach nicht rüber, dass in der Zwischenzeit mehrere Stunden oder sogar ein ganzer Tag vergangen sind.

Plotmäßig passiert auch nicht wirklich was. Deus ex machina. Deus ex machina überall. Alles in allem sehr langweilig weil die Charaktere nie vor Herausvorderungen oder Verluste gestellt werden (naja, ausser, dass konstant welche sterben. Aber das interessiert ja keinen).

Warum zur Hölle da plötzlich überaus für das Buch unwichtige Superkräfte bei Thomas aufgetaucht sind soll mir der Autor auch erst mal erklären.

Leckomio, war das schlecht.

Und die wichtigste Frage: Was ist mit dem Hund passiert?? ( )
  Nomnivor | Jan 12, 2017 |
It's been a while since I've read a book that I disliked this much.

The characters don't feel like real characters; they are bundles of inconsistent reactions without unifying personalities. They bounce from sad to slightly joyful to afraid to bitter to brave, paragraph by paragraph, like talking particles experiencing Brownian (e)motion.

The worldbuilding makes no sense. That's not unusual at the outset of a dystopic thriller; part of the fun of the genre is trying to guess how the clues and insights fit together to explain what's wrong with the larger world, or what conspiracy is threatening the heroes. But in this book, every time the story enlarges, it becomes more ad hoc and random rather than less.

The actions of the characters are implausible, starting with the refusal of everyone to tell anyone anything substantive within earshot of the reader. Then, when the protagonist (Thomas), who we are told repeatedly is insatiably curious, finally finds another character who will answer him, here's how the conversation goes after the first couple rounds: "Thomas had more questions. Lots more. Chuck and everyone else around the Glade never wanted to give him the answers to everything [ed: true that]. And here was Zart, who seemed perfectly willing. But suddenly Thomas didn't feel like talking anymore. [cut: series of spoilerish random thoughts]. His new life pretty much sucked. He drew a deep, long breath. Just work, he thought. And he did."(105). This is a book where the characters do what they do not because of who they are, but because otherwise the plot would stop.

Finally, the book is just heartless. Sure, it's not unusual for an author to have one or more characters suffer or die. But you kind of hope, in the context of a story, that suffering means something, even if the author's point is that existence is arbitrary or absurd. This book isn't that deep; it's just brutal to its characters, with no larger framework or perspective, or even any visible affection or empathy for them. One can debate whether there's some way to defend that project as an artistic choice - I don't see it - but it sure makes for a unpleasant reading experience. ( )
  bezoar44 | Jan 11, 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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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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