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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1)
The Maze Runner - Maze Runner, Bk 1
Author: James Dashner
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE... — 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 Thoma...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385737951
ISBN-10: 0385737955
Publication Date: 9/14/2010
Pages: 374
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 203 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Oh my gosh! This book was absolutely fantastic! Fantastic! It took me a chapter or two to really get into the swing of it, but then it sucked me in. And I really want (need!) the next one.

Great protagonist. Thomas responded well to the situation: not moping around for 1/2 the book (which would be an easy thing to do) nor did he seem wooden. Great blend of action & emotion. Plus, the plot/developments were revealed slowly so I kept wanting more. I did get annoyed with Thomas once or twice when he would run away from learning about something because I was curious, but it usually made perfect sense that he wouldn't want to know.

Definitely 5 stars.

Everyone should read this book! : )
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 207 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Another book in film adaptation limbo. Can't wait to see how they translate everything! Should be visually astounding and full of action. Safe for ages 12 and up. It is fairly violent, so keep that in mind. Make sure your kids know what is make believe!. Read the book for yourself before you pass it on, you won't regret it! I'll be reading the rest of the series!
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Author does a pretty good job of creating and describing a simplified alternate world. It's a little different than "Lord of the Flies", the conflicts between the boys is not quite the center of the story. Has a 16 year old hero, who discovers !surprise! he is different than the others. Ending gets a little unbelievable, but, after all, this is science fiction. It's the first of a trilogy, supposedly.
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book. It is action packed and full of questions. Some that are answered in the book and some that are not. While I was reading it sort of reminded me of The Lord of the Flies. The way they had to work together and of course you have some who play by their own rules.

Thomas wakes up in a lift. He can remember nothing except his first name. When he arrives at the
Glade he finds it filled with young boys, like himself. They remember nothing about their past lives, nothing before the Glade. Something feels familiar to Thomas even though he is sure that he has never been to this place before. Even the Maze that closes tight every night does not scare him like it should.

Then something different happens. A girl arrives the next day with a message. A message that they don't fully understand, or do they?

As I said before, I liked the book, I didn't love it. If you liked Lord of the Flies or even The Hunger Games, you will probably like it. I was so excited in the beginning and the middle but toward the end it started loosing its flavor, in my opinion. I will read the other two to see what happens.. I hope you enjoyed this review..
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

Thomas is brought up to the Glade in an elevator with only his name and no memory at all. He finds himself with a group of boys like himself. They all have no memory of an outside world. All they know is that there is a maze and they will try to find a way out -but every night the doors to the maze will shut.

The day after Thomas arrives, a girl, the first ever in the Glade, arrives with a note that she is the last. Thomas is determined to figure out what is happening in the Glade and unlock the secrets that are buried.

THE MAZE RUNNER is the start to a thrilling new trilogy. If you are a fan of dystopian science fiction, then this title needs to be added to your must-read pile.

Author James Dashner has a brilliant start to the book; the Gladers use different slang, which takes some time to get used to. However, this leaves the reader feeling just as jarred as Thomas when the book starts and you find yourself learning about the Glade right along with the main character. I've never really had that experience with a book before, so kudos to Mr. Dashner for a brilliant storytelling device.

The story has somewhat of a slow start, but readers who stick with it will be rewarded. I'm warning you - there are lots of cliffhangers and heart-stopping adventure, and you'll want to stay up late turning pages to find out what happens next.
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reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 71 more book reviews
I had heard all the hype about this book, and we had just gotten the DVD, so I was excited to read the book and jump onto the bandwagon. Unfortunately, because I have read so many similar books in the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre, I believe I set my expectations rather high and this book simply did not meet them.

The characters were flat, and the reasoning behind the decisions they made was flimsy at best. I felt completed disconnected from every single individual in this book, and because of that I didnt care one bit what happened to any of them.

The plot and backstory as well as the ultimate reveal felt half-done and, at times, totally illogical. There are so many questions and so many flawed, nonsense conclusions and connections that it makes the entire story unbelievable. I understand this is a fictional dystopian novel, but speculative fiction like this should at least attempt to make the storyline flow well, and the reasoning moving from one conclusion to the next should make a bit of sense.

I found this book to be totally underwhelming. The characters, the plot, the writing, everything was flat and uninteresting to me. There are so many better books to read in this genre, I simply do not understand the fame this series has. I currently own the other books in this series, but I highly doubt I will be reading them, probably will donate to the library. I cannot recommend this book to anyone. If youre thinking about reading The Maze Runner, go pick up The Hunger Games, Divergent, or Under the Never Sky instead. The plot and characters are significantly more engaging, and the overall feel is similar to The Maze Runner.
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 291 more book reviews
Thomas is a teenager who wakes up one day in a service elevator that deposits him in the Glade, a section of land with a farm and a house, that just happens to be located in the middle of the maze. The maze is also populated with scary slug-like creatures known as Grievers who come out at night to feed. Thomas has no memory of his life before waking up in the elevator, as does anyone else. The Glade is populated entirely with young men, until the day that a girl pops up in the Glade; a girl who has some unknown special connection to Thomas. I read this because I plan to see the movie when it comes out in Septemeber. This is an excellently written, edge of your seat thriller which will leave you wanting more. I can't wait to read the sequel.
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
This book was acceptable up until the ending, which sort of lost me. Overall, this was a good read, but it's not on my favorites list.

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