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The Maze Runner

Dashner, James (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Dashner, James, 1972-
Title: The maze runner
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: James Dashner
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection
ISBN: 9780385737944
0385737947
9780385737951
0385737955
9780385907026
0385907028
Branch Call Number: y DASHNER 2009
Subject Headings: Amnesia Juvenile fiction Cooperativeness Juvenile fiction Labyrinths Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Science fiction
Topical Term: Amnesia
Cooperativeness
Labyrinths
Additional Physical Form Entry: Dashner, James, 1972- Maze runner. 1st ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2009 9780385737944 (DLC) 2009001345 (OCoLC)299381315
LCCN: 2009001345
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Thomas wakes up remembering nothing except his name. 60 other teen boys exist with him and another boy appear every 30 days. No one knows how they got there and no one knows how to escape.

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.

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.

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.

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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Aug 17, 2014
  • Ashan22 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Since I first watched the trailer for this book, I was excited to both see the film and read the book. The Maze Runner is a truly amazing book that is a combination of The Hunger Games and Divergent, both taking place in post-apocalyptic societies, with a twist. This book was recommended for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent series, a series that has become one of my favorites. I began The Maze Runner excitedly, hoping for an equally enjoyable, dystopian adventure. I didn't find it. The plot was intriguing and kept me reading; in fact, it was probably the only reason why I kept reading. Some writers are able to seamlessly integrate characterization and good writing with a fast-moving plot; James Dashner is one of them. If Dashner got anything right, to be honest, he delivered with the suspense. The writing can be a little dry and non-descript (maybe it's a guy thing), but once I became involved with the story, I didn't want to put it down. My problem with the book is that Dashner sometimes sacrificed the story for the suspense. It didn't always feel organic, the character choices and the plot direction, and it made me pull out of the story a little. Also, because he built up the suspense so much, the story didn't always deliver. Therefore, this is why I should read this book before the movie, as it is like The Hunger Games and Divergent, but with less fighting, but with a lot of adventure and suspense.

Aug 07, 2014
  • kiko34 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was really intriguing and I enjoyed the plot development James Dashner writes really good books!

Although this book was suspenseful & interesting, it was also a bit disturbing. Additionally, when I got to the end of the book I realized it was part of a series. They added the beginning of the next book to get you interested in reading it. Of course, I was interested, and read it. The beginning of the next book is awful, making me think of a horror book. I was afraid I'd get nightmares.
I'd recommend this book only for those who don't feel the need to finish a series, or for those who enjoy a good horror series.

Aug 05, 2014
  • JocyPerez rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book ever! My family members had to take the book away from me that's how addictive this book was. I love this book completely!

Aug 03, 2014
  • rflieg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Filled with action and packed with suspense, James Dashner's The Maze Runner is a fantastic read for any lover of science fiction.

The story follows Thomas in his adventure in the Maze that surrounds his new home, the Glade, after he shows up with a limited memory of his life. Everything starts to change after his arrival. First, a girl shows up in the Glade for the first time. Then, a Glader named Ben goes berserk, and that's only the beginning. Thomas and the others have to race to solve the Maze before time runs out.

Despite its slow beginning, this book was very entertaining and rather hard to put down. It is very well written and easy to follow.

With the upcoming movie, The Maze Runner is becoming even more popular, so hurry to read this aMAZEing novel.

Aug 03, 2014
  • McEnroe442 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Blew through it in a week and thats only because of working a full time job. Can't wait to read the Scorch Trials.

Jul 29, 2014
  • brigittereads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

loved this book! took me awhile to get into in, but once i got into it, i couldn't put it down! really good!

Jul 27, 2014
  • addieiscute rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is amazing!!!!! I would strongly suggest it.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Dear James Dashner,

Learn how to write.

Jul 21, 2014
  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first part of the book is a bit frustrating because, like Thomas, you are very confused. There is a lot of strange vocabulary used and it takes a while for you to get used to it. As soon you get used to the language and the setting, the book is impossible to put down.

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Sep 07, 2014
  • erinelaine rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sep 04, 2014
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Aug 16, 2014
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Jul 28, 2014
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Jul 21, 2014
  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • Torstad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • bullycar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 22, 2014
  • jinkim844049 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

it is good

Jul 20, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is so good

Jun 08, 2014
  • violet_elephant_249 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Four is on the run from the police with only two people with him. Will Four stay alive? or die?

May 08, 2014
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

i didnt really like this book buit it is what it is

Mar 30, 2014
  • superman2234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In the distant future, catastrophic Sun Flares has devastated Earth and now an infectious man-made disease - The Flare - has washed over the land, killing millions and turning them into ravenous, vicious animals called Cranks. In the world's last attempt to save Mankind, all of the world's biggest, most powerful governments have come together to form WICKED, an organization bent on saving the human race. Now, with the help of Thomas, WICKED builds a maze and send Thomas into it, tracing his brain patterns in hope to find the cure for the disease. When doing so, they wipe Thomas of his memories and then they send him down into the maze, via Lift. When Thomas wakes up, he is greeted by a large group of teenage boys which they call themselves the Gladers. Now, Thomas lives in the place where he was no recollection of and what the Gladers call the Glade. Then, Thomas soon finds out that they are very desperately find a way out of the maze. But to no avail. Until Thomas helps.

i havnt read the book yet xD

Nov 08, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.
The Glade is surrounded by tall, stone walls with four massive openings. (Also referred to as doors) in the center of each wall. These doors close each night to protect them from the monsters that live in the giant maze beyond the Glade's walls. These monsters are called Grievers and attempt to sting the Gladers with their needles. If the Gladers get stung, they must be given a special antidote called the Grief Serum and undergo a painful process called the Changing in order to survive. Gladers who have gone through the Changing claim to gain memories into their lives before the Maze. The walls to the maze move every night so there is a different maze outside each door every day.
The day after Thomas arrives in the Glade, another person is sent up in the Box, the elevator that regularly brings new people and supplies to the Glade. Only boys live in the Glade, but to their surprise, a girl, Teresa, is sent up in the Box. They were also surprised because it was the first time someone new had been brought to the Glade in less than a month. She brings with her a message that she will be the last one to ever arrive in the Glade and that the end is nearly coming someday soon. She then falls into a deep coma. After the arrival of Teresa, the boys blame Thomas for everything abnormal going on, saying everything is all his fault.
In the end, the boys realize that they are against a force called WICKED. The boys believe that they are being put through a series of trials to find the best boys for the job WICKED have planned for them. They realize that the Maze is to be solved.
People called Runners; they have studied the maze for the two years, running around their section of the maze each day avoiding the Grievers. Every day the Runners go into the maze and look for changes in the maze. They come back to the Glade and sketch the day's changes. Teresa has a telepathic connection with Thomas and tells him that WICKED is good, and that the maze is a code, and meant to be solved. Thomas is completely scared to tell the others about their Gift, and other people, who have gone through the Changing, claim to have seen Thomas before. In an effort to bring memories back about whom Thomas really is and why the Gladers are there, Thomas purposefully gets stung by one of the Grievers. During the Changing Thomas understands why they are there. He and the girl Teresa both helped design the maze, and Thomas finally understands how to escape the Maze. He gets all of the sketches of the maps of the Maze and stacks them over each other for each day and for each section of the Maze that day on wax paper.

Mar 25, 2012
  • IreneReads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

16 year old Thomas is the new boy at The Glade. He has no memory of how he got there or of his past. But he is not the only one.

Once he gets to The Glade, he discovers that every boy there went through the same thing and that they also have no memory of their past.

Thomas's arrival was not surprising (they get a new boy every 30 days) but what was truly unexpected was the arrival of another new kid the next day. This new kid is a girl. The only girl they've gotten ever. But what is truly frightning is what the girl says and the note she is carrying. She says that the ending is near then goes into a coma. The note in her hand says that she is the last new kid. Ever!

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Violence: Just a bit of violence but not to much it was a perfect amount of violence. Someone below said there is a lot of romance but there is none.

Sep 02, 2013
  • Chokri_Fable rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some creepy scenes throughout the book, and a traumatic back story but it just adds to the intensity of the story. Definatley not for those who get sad easily.

Apr 15, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense but its awesome

Apr 15, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: violence some major but to tell the truth it was entertaining

Apr 09, 2013
  • LIANGBAH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: disturbing scenes, and lots of blood near the end :)

Mar 04, 2013
  • M_M_M rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There were a few creepy/intense scenes, but I still loved the book!!!

Feb 22, 2013
  • klints rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: I was surprised about the amount of violence in this novel, but I enjoyed the story regardless.

Dec 24, 2012
  • 007_Trout rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: It has quite a bit of violence that makes you feel uneasy

Jul 23, 2012
  • cale07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: There are also disturbing scenes in this book they can make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable.

Jul 23, 2012
  • cale07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This book has a lot of violence. For those who are squirmy about that kind of stuff I wouldn't recommend this book to. The author offers a lot of description in that aspect of the book which can make it worse at times.

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Jul 20, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is so cool

Jul 13, 2014
  • bullycar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Such a display of death - how could it be considered a victory?”

Jul 13, 2014
  • bullycar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”

"World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department"

May 08, 2014
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

great and outstanding

Sep 02, 2013
  • Chokri_Fable rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

FLOAT
CATCH
BLEED
DEATH
STIFF
PUSH

Dec 13, 2012
  • 007_Trout rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Gotta solve the buggin maze".

Nov 08, 2012
  • JessicaGMei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It was you and me, Tom. We did this to them. To us.”

Jul 24, 2012
  • cale07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"WICKED is good."

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The Maze Runner- Conversation with Cast and Creators

A conversation with the people responsible for adapting the book to film.

Maze Runner Movie Trailer

If this doesn't make you want to read the book I don't know what will!

Book Trailer for The Maze Runner

Young Park Ridge Library patrons act out a scene from The Maze Runner

Maze Runner Trailer

James Dashner's thrilling novel, THE MAZE RUNNER gets star treatment in Brighton Linge's dazzling video, a finalist in the Kirkus 2009 Book Video Awards, sponsored by Random House Children's Books and co-hosted by BN.com. Linge is a fourth-year cinematography major at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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