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The Maze Runner (2009)

by James Dashner

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Series: The Maze Runner (1)

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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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 Book talk: the maze runner series2 unread / 2Ennas, February 2016

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I've not read any of the big-name YA dystopian series that have been popular over the years, so this is my first foray into those books. I liked this story--both the plot in this book, and the larger story that it sets up. While there were some things that I felt could have been done better, they were not enough to detract from my overall enjoyment.

I found the immediate world-building--the Glade and maze around it--interesting and fun to explore (if "fun" is the right word, given the situation). It felt a lot like a community a bunch of teenage boys would create. And Thomas himself I found to be an engaging main character. Others have seen him as a Gary Stu-type (too good at everything), I didn't see it that way at all. Yes, he had his areas of innate ability, but I didn't find it to be overly done, and there were legitimate reasons for all of it.

One thing that bugged me the most was the fake cussing. I get the reason Dashner included it (or at least, my assumption of his reason), but in the context of the story, it really didn't make sense. The boys remembered the world overall, just had no personal memories, so why did they feel the need to make up their own swear words? And speaking of those memories, the progression of life as we know it to the dystopian world these people inhabit seems a little off in conjunction with the things they remember. Especially adding in some other factors that would be a spoiler to mention.

While there were plenty of predictable things that happened, the danger was real, and it kept me moving quickly through the entire book. My husband started listening to the audiobook at the same time, which is not something we've ever done before. I'm also looking forward to continuing the series, and hope we'll do so together. ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
Sounds like an amazing book!
Update: 8/10, this book was so amazing and outstanding, I couldn't stop reading this book. The concept was so original, but terrifying, it was that some kids were stuck in a maze for apparently no reason, but I found out more as I read through the book. I couldn't connect to the characters, they were all flat, so when one character sacrificed himself for the main character, Thomas, I didn't feel anything for him. However, the latter half of the book was very suspenseful, as the characters finally found a way out of the maze, and then it ends on a cliffhanger! Some aspects of the book, such as the Serum, were still unexplained, though I may find out in the next book. If you like an original YA sci-fi novel, this is the book for you. ( )
  Law_Books600 | Sep 19, 2023 |
I thought this book would be easy to like, it's YA sci-fi after all, but in the end I was let down. It felt just too aggressively aimed at a 14 year old male.

Maybe it's been too long since I was actually that age bracket, but to me the slang was forced, the cliques way too obvious and the neat and tidy politics overly simple.

The premise is really great, and the best part of the book. That backdrop and set up is actually what makes me want to see the soon to be released movie. Hopefully the screen writers manage to make it work just that little bit better it needs.

The plot progresses without being too predictable, with enough action to keep it rolling along nicely to the end.

But it doesn't.

End I mean.

Yup, a just enough of a ending to make everybody want to buy the next in the series. I'm still undecided about that.

Could have been really great, but ended up just ok. ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
I could not put this book down. I was highly addicted reading about Thomas's world as the boys, and one singular girl, dealt with the Maze. This book moves very fast and has constant action, making it very hard to put down. Each chapter ends making you want to read the next one immediately, even if you don't have the time. I originally read this book just because I heard a movie was coming out but I definitely enjoyed it. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
I really thought this book would be cool and interesting, but it turned out to be awkward and lame. Oh well. ( )
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
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The story reads like a maze with erroneous turns, dead ends, and a plot that should work but falls short. However, an amazing story nonetheless.
added by alfawolf | 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
James Dashnerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blanco, Marcelo OrsiIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burger, Anke CarolineÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deakins, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Di Liddo, AnnalisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dunajski, ŁukaszTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fournier, GuillaumeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Girolamo, Maurizio DiNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kappel, Rogier vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Korhonen, JussiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mateo, Noemí RiscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendonça, MartaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monteiro, HenriqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musselman, DanExecutive producersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nathan, DavidSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichler, MitchellAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risco, NoemíTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saburit, Carles AndreuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Straub, PhilipCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tõnisoo, MaiTõLkijasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toroscai, SimonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Kappel, RogierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winger, CecilieOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yeşildal, GizemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed



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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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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.
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Teen must run through maze
To figure out his past and
Survive scary plot.

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