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The Maze Runner Files

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  11,237 ratings  ·  841 reviews
The Maze Runner Files is a 50+ page collection of classified records and concealed information from the world of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. Lost emails between WICKED employees, memos meant to be destroyed after reading, and a selection of the Gladers suppressed memories make up this e-original short. These documents offer a unique glimpse of the wo ...more
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Published August 13th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy this was SHORT. I need more! I also wish there was more of Newt in this one. I love Newt, man.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
✫✬⭐️ 3/5 STARS ⭐️✭✫

Genre: Young Adult>Science Fiction > Dystopia
WOW: How much useful information you get.
EW: Something James told before, and now changed it in here.
POV: Files, also 3-POV> Male
READ: 2 times.
WORTH IT?: For a novella, its really good.


So we get a lot in this short book. From files from wicked, to the 3rd phase from Minho eyes. I loved it. I flew trough it, and i was just sad that it was over. BUT WHAT DID I NOT LIKE THEN?

Well, there is a part in this boo
Remy Blas
I enjoyed reading this, but I can't give it more than 3 stars, since it was excesively short and didn't really clarify much about the story. As a complement to the saga it's good and fun, but it's missing a lot to be justified as a separate book. It could be just an annex for some special edition of The Maze Runner, but a separate book seems like a waste for so little.

Also, I was hoping it would include the second epilogue from The Kill Order that was only in certain editions, and that I had to
Neil (or bleed)
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: novellas
This collection of files and short stories is more interesting than The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure combined. How sad.
C. Maria
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, yes. This is what I was talking about. How all this started and some in depth information and knowledge about the characters and WICKED and how the virus appeared (really bad decision and awful - I made my skin crawl).
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Read for the booktubeathon 2015 challenge to read the last book you bought.

I really enjoyed this addition to the Maze Runner series. I haven't reread the series in ages so I was worried I'd forgotten most of the story and wouldn't understand this additional piece but it was actually really helpful in reminding me about what happened in the series. I loved the extra memories most of all, especially Minho's at the end. It's made me want to reread the series again.
Colleen Houck
If you are a Maze Runner fan then you should check this one out. It has some nice Pre Maze Runner scenes.
Sara Jovanovic
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it

A nice addition to the original trilogy. It was really short, but still entertaining. Minho's phase 3 of the trials was interesting, but my favourite scene must be the one where Frypan regains his memories and hence himself.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Maze Runner Files is supplementary material. It's over quick and it's for people that have read the series already. There are some emails written between members of Wicked and between the people responsible for the virus. Nothing big is revealed, it's just a reminder that there were people behind those projects. More interestingly are a few random chapters from the points of view of Thomas, Frypan, and Minho. They're basically a bone thrown to fans. No big reveals but it was interesting to g ...more
Cecilia Jo aka miro
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Finally, some answers! I wonder why I bothered with The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure... Only drawback was it's length(too short...), and that's why it got 3 stars. This book also showed me Prologue(about Newt's first memory of WICKED) and 1 chapter(about when Thomas got his new name) of The Fever Code and it was promising, too. I realize that I'm naturally very curious person and can't satisfied until I got enough answers, and that's why I kept reading this series even if I complained a lot ...more
Arturo Guzman
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible!! This book is AMAZING. I haven't words for describe, I just do not like the end, I expected more about of Minho and others Gladers or Runners... but i like it, I recommend it 100%. ...more
Jess the Audiobookworm
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mini-Review: I don't listen to many "novellas", but this was a nice little refresher before The Fever Code is released in two days. This one-hour short story was enough to remind me of why I was so enamored with this series 2 years ago. The formatting of The Maze Runner Files is very similar to that of Illuminae. I don't think anything in it is absolutely essential to the overarching story, but information in novellas rarely is. It's more about furthering the world-building and character develop ...more
Floor Janssen
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Dystopian/Science Fiction.
Recommended to Floor by: Brittbiba
Shelves: dystopian
This small book let me dive deeper into the world James Dashner made. From Wok to lost files to Minho. It shocked me what they did with childeren.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was an amazing add on to the already amazing Maze Runner series's. The book provided interesting and disturbing stories and files that gave background information on the Gladers and what there purpose was in the trails. Even though the information didn't answer all the questions I'm guessing most fans had it gave a somewhat satisfaction of knowing more about Thomas and his friends life before they were thrown in the Maze. I really enjoyed the stories not because they were p ...more
Nerdish Mum
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, ebook
Another book and still no answers. I thought we might finally get some of the memories that we still haven't heard, but no. I thought we'd get more information, but no. The information for the most part is stuff I'd already read and some of it seemed off from the timeline from the other books, sooooo yeah. I'm giving this two stars as I do like the different formats used to try and present the information. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Maze Runner Series
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Maze Runner Files is a short, novelette-length ebook of about 56 pages by my e-reader’s count that provides supplemental material to the Maze Runner series. It mostly consists of internal memos and emails exchanged by the powers that be at WICKED regarding the Flare virus. I would say that these things only offered some mild insights into certain events in the story. There are also three short scenes involving the memories of three different characters, Thomas, Frypan
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Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved The Maze Runner, so of course this was right up my alley. Yes it's classified files, but you would think that the files would hold more then what they held, honestly I wanted to know more about Michael as well as Wick! super quick read 2 hours Maximum.. I gave it three-star because it is an okay little fill.. ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This ebook was totally worth the buy! I loved every little extra in it but most especially the suppressed memories chapter where we learned just a little but more about Thomas, Frypan, and Minho.

Especially Minho's little story I especially loved because it tells a lot about his character and it was interesting and I really enjoyed him using his quick wit like that.

Besides that, there is a lot of background look into the planning WICKED did before the trials and planning the Variables as well as
Jessica (Books: A true story)
Maze Runner Files is the story of how the flare came to be and is told in bleeped out recording transcripts and inter-office WICKED memos. It was so creepy. I haven't been creeped out that much since the bridge of Khazad-dûm in Lord of the Rings (I'm talking about book not the movie.) it talks a lot about setting up the experiment and really makes you ponder ethics and science. There is also a memory in here of Thomas remembering how the flare affected his parents and it's really sad. This is a ...more
I think this short book is a little bit useless. I can't wait to read the Fever Code, which, I think, will explain more about everyone's past before the maze. ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a nice read. A solid book. I've read it in one day! Overall rating: 3.5!(: ...more
Levi Erdmann
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:

I enjoyed The Maze Runner by James Dashner because of how many events happened. I also enjoyed how the author painted an image in my head with his words, and he always had the best adjectives to describe something. I liked how this book dealt with a very interesting futuristic setting.
I thought that the story moves quickly, which made me not want to put the book down.

The main events of the story are about a group of kids who are trying to solve an unsolvable maze. Thomas
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
The Maze runner Was very interesting and also a nail bitter. It started off boring but then it got more interesting. This book is based on a kid who came up to another world practically and saved all of them by escaping through a maze. This book made you feel like you were inside the book you can imagine what is happening in your head. This book is very creative i think anyone who reads this would think the same way I think of this book
Actual rating: 3.75/5

I read the very last Maze Runner book almost a year ago, and it was so interesting to dive back into the universe James Dashner created and its secrets. I listened to the audiobook which, I think, really helped me get into these files. A must read for the fans of the series!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve listened to this as an audio book, and i enjoyed it!!
Of course minho is still my favorite! Especially after the last part if this book!
Now i’m more excited to read the scorch trials!
I saw the movie, but the books are way much better!
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Loved Frypan's story! The rest was meh. ...more
Jada Grant
I didn't really understand the point of it there wasn't that much information on it but I enjoyed the section about Minho at the end ...more
J Hood
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Little to Nothing

Calling this a book would be generous. Part of it was included and the prequel to the series. Really was not interesting, not really worth the money.
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The Maze Runner (5 books)
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