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The Maze Runner Trilogy

(The Maze Runner #1-3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,862 ratings  ·  406 reviews
The perfect gift for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent, this boxed set of the paperback editions of James Dashner's New York Times bestselling series includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure. The Maze Runner motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, ...more
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it

In light of The Maze Runner movie coming out later this year, I thought I’d get a jump on the story by reading The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner over the weekend. It was probably the most frustrating reading experience I've ever had in my life.

Brief Synopsis: Thomas wakes up alone in a lift with no memories other than his own first name. When the lift opens, he finds that it has delivered him to “The Glade,” an open arena surrounded by giant stone
Book #1 ‘The Maze Runner’ - 4 stars

* Remember Survive Run *


Book #2 ‘The Scorch Trials’ - 4 stars

* There are no rules There is no help You either make it or you die *


Book #3 ‘The Death Cure’ - 4 stars

* It’s the end of the line The truth will be terrifying The time for lies is over *
Jessica Cullen
Finishing the last book of the trilogy, The Death Cure, has convinced me that this is one hell of a good series. Despite the cover of the book claiming that Hunger Games fans will love this, I have to say that as a HG fan, I found The Maze Runner series more enjoyable.

The characters feel real, but conflicted, and more interesting than any other YA characters I can name. Thomas in particular is a protagonist that draws you in so much that you can't help but see it through to the end, for his sake
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
So, I needed to review the trilogy as a whole because I read them all furiously back to back and now they've become one long book, overall:

Maze Runner: frustrating
Scorch Trials: better-ish
Death Cure: slightly ridiculous

I didn't hate this series as much as some people did, or maybe as I should have, as I've said before I'm very accepting of flawed writing. The concept of this series is rather brilliant, the execution is not. If you're reading it after the Hunger Games you'll see how roughly cut
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Having read the three books as a bundle I bought in iBooks, my review is for the entire trilogy.

For me, this was a wild ride which started off good and then went, slowly, down the drain.

It all starts with a teenage boy, called Thomas, waking up inside some sort of box, without remembering much of his past, and being delivered to a place called the Glade where only teenage boys like himself live. It doesn't take long for Thomas to get acquainted to some of the other boys, the place where he is
Jonathan Malamy
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Irritating. Starts decently with an interesting situation and just goes down hill. The second and third book are most unsatisfying.
Kerry Ann
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Most low reviews I read expressed disappointment, let down expecting a similarity with other near-future teen-lit (Hunger Games, Divergent). I ignored those reviews. Having not read these other books and seeking a fast paced mindless weekend read I felt confident disappointment would not be my fate.

I pen this rare review to save the next unsuspecting reader.

This author has lazing writing habits. Something that can be forgiven if the plot is fast paced and well developed. It was not.

Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
James Dashner amazes me with this book series. I thought the first book was exotic and compelling. The second book, I looked like an idiot with my jaw wide open in the middle of class. That was by far the best of the series, just like the dark night movies it clearly peaks at the second one. The third I thought was the weak link. Terasea was clearly not owning up to her mistakes like she was in the second one and Thomas is still being a jerk to her. STOP FIGHTING PLEASE!
Christian H.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole series of the Maze runner was an amazing and interesting trilogy. I believe it is one of the most original ideas for books I've ever seen. I love how each book ends with a twist or a cliffhanger. I recently read the prequel, and surprisingly the first book has the best story line and keeps your attention and never bores you for a second. In the end you are like. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

I believe the major theme of this book is Global Warming. The book has a disease called the Flare
Heba Haj
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
To say it frustrated me to death would be an understatement because I didn't outright hate it, I wish I did.
It has potential, plot wise and character wise but the author didn't take it any where!! The questions the mystery and the plot brought up made you wanna continue reading but then it got to a point where nothing was convincing and it felt like I was being bullshitted there! i sensed no character development whatsoever, it all felt plain and superficial after the first installment in the
Jami Hunt-Williams
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This trilogy should have been ONE book. JUST ONE. The second book does not continue the story... in actuality it just rips it apart and starts over and the third book is just a recycling of the first and second told with a bit more desperation and the inevitable and gross love triangle. We are never really told why the perfect candidate is the perfect candidate or any of the other important details... evidently that is in a prequel which came out after the trilogy, however I will not buy the ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
They were okay. I was intrigued, but the writing style isn't anything to write home about. The story line drags on through each book. I'd say the first one is the best and you don't truly need to continue after that. But, it was a easy and light read.
Lara Aita
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
First thing first, I didn't like it.
After the first novel, which was kind of interesting and somewhat engaging, the story goes downhill, FAST! Ridiculous plotlines, character defined as the best of the best, the Einsteins of their age (literally, they get their nicknames from historical geniuses), making stupid choices and not seeing betrayals coming even when they practically introduce themselves while curling their metaphorical evil moustaches!
The lead character goes from being a pretty
Lisa Elis
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Phoebe Rolfe
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
So many people had recommended this series to me as the next big franchise and something I should definitely get my hands on. However, when I looked at the Goodreads page for The Maze Runner I saw ratings of one star, which completely put me off - I didn't want to waste my time reading something that people thought was one star! But eventually by coincidence I got my hands on a copy and decided that I might as well read it while I had it.

I'm not going to delve into any plot points, because there
Dexter Chiasson
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: second-term
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If I am to be completely honest, The Maze Runner Trilogy is one of my least favourite young adult trilogies out there. I wanted to enjoy it so much, and yet when it comes down to it I enjoyed the film more than the book. Now doesn’t that suck? It’s one of the worst things in the world. It rarely happens, but every so often something will pop up with a great premise only for you to be let down.

I cannot say what my exact problem was as there were quite a few things. I disliked the main character,
Jeanne Tarrants
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dashner kept dangling the carrot that enlightenment and understanding was coming for the characters and the reader. It always seemed just out of reach and I almost gave up on it a few times. We are kept mostly in the dark until the third book but I'm glad I made it to the end. There is still a lot left unanswered and I do wish that the reader was given more details throughout the story. I don't think it would have detracted from the overall story. If you can keep your frustration in check... I ...more
Drew Lundgren
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
**Skip to the end if you want the TL;DR**
--->>Massive Spoilers, do not read if you have not read the whole series<<----

Thoughts on the Trilogy

First off I want to say that I saw the Maze Runner movie, and it intrigued me so much that I got and read all three books in two days, so that should show how much interest I do have in this series. That being said I do have some major problems with how the Maze Runner Trilogy was handled

First of all, I wanted to see more Characters developed.
Asraful Shumon
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little disappointed about the ending, but i guess, I should not expect to get an all-out happy ending in a dystopian fiction. And also the middle part of the third book was not that pacy as the first or second one. But Overall, that is a great and unique series.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Ack! This is another time I wish goodreads allowed portions of stars. This trilogy would be 3-1/2 or 3-3/4 stars. Just below 4 stars.

First the positive aspects: I cared about the characters, especially the Glade boys: Thomas (the story is told from his point of view), Minho and Newt. I want to hug those boys. Also, it's a well thought out story arc. Everything fits in a cohesive way, without seeming forced. It makes me think that the story was originally plotted out as a trilogy. The dramatic
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maze Runner trilogy

The book series ‘the Maze Runner’ has three mysterious and page-turning novels, ‘Maze Runner’, ‘Scorch Trials’ and ‘Death cure’. All three books are more than worthy of the read. With loveable characters that you gradually feel a relation to, a twisting and turning plot unraveling over time and the great use of language and sentence structure, there is no wonder James Dashner's best-selling trilogy was created into an action-packed movie with a wide range of viewers. I would
Iuliana Manea
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a series I began reading after seeing the movie. I liked the movie, wanted to know more about the story. Teenagers seems to be preferred characters for Sci-fi writers. Or I am still under the spell of Orson Scott Card's Ender.

It's a nice series, I have to admit that, but I always want more from my books. I love a good story and I love to see how characters grow. I expected more from Thomas (main character) and a whole lot more from Teresa. Theresa just gets somehow replaced by Brenda in
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book series was great until it got to the third book. The first book was amazing. A 4.5/5 stars. It made me want to keep reading and get so many questions answered. The second was really good. 3/5 stars. I honestly didn't like Brenda that much an it annoyed me that Thomas wouldn't try and forgive Teresa. I never thought wicked was so terrible. I didn't think they should have let so many people die but in the long run, those people allowed themselves to be tested and it could end up saving ...more
Michael McDonald
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mataya Philbrick
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These were one of the only trilogy that kept me hooked all the way though. The number of pages was 1058 and the copy right date of the last book was 2011. I got these book from both my teacher Mr. Burbys room and, the library. These books seem to have a twist at every corner and kept me guessing all the way through, I found my self staying up at night reading this book. It was scary and fun at the same time. All of the characters are relatable in the ways that they handle the the situations in ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I went in reading the series expecting it to be amazing and exciting. Sadly, it wasn't. I feel like this trilogy is veered towards young adult so being 17, these book were a little childish to me. The first of the trilogy introduced such a great concept, and it gave the second and third book so much potential for it to be a great series. But it failed to impress me. The second book was completely irrelevant to the first book, and the third one was just all over the place. The ending of the Death ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
The concept of this series is intriguing, but unfortunately, its effectiveness is based on how suspenseful and action-packed the scenes can be. This series is definitely targeted at a younger audience who need that much constant adrenaline in order to stay interested. I would have really loved for there to be more truth discovered, rather than the confusion and life/death stakes that defines all three books. I got more out of the prequel, even though it meant discarding the main characters in ...more
Tiffany Mercer
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well I finished all three books, but my box set came with a fourth which I thought was the final book in the series only to find out it the PREQUEL!!!! I'm so disappointed because the third book was not a sufficient ending. Maybe he's writing another? I sure hope so. In the meantime since I have it I'll read the prequel and hope it brings everything together enough for me to happily move onto other books/topics!
Kelly M
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As good as The Hunger Games trilogy.....definitely a page turner. Has some witty humor albeit usually via juvenile retorts but I don't consider myself high brow when it comes to comedy. Books center around the Machiavellian question, "Do the ends justify the means?" and while it clearly favors one answer over another, there is still ambiguity surrounding this moral dilemma, which creates a depth/complexity of thinking not usually found in young adult fiction.
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James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

Other books in the series

The Maze Runner (3 books)
  • The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)
  • The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2)
  • The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, #3)