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The Maze Runner

(The Maze Runner #1)

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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
Hardcover, First Edition, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Delacorte Press
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Henry Jin I understand that you think it starts with a boring intro and stuff, but I promise you everything is going to change. ;) I rated the book 5 stars beca…moreI understand that you think it starts with a boring intro and stuff, but I promise you everything is going to change. ;) I rated the book 5 stars because it kept interested me without putting the book down, although in the middle there was a point where I lost interest. It was generally a good book because it always made me flip the page, making me wanting to know what was behind the next page.(less)
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Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: tween boys
Shelves: ya, wanted-to-like-it
This book was recommended for fans of the Hunger Games 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 not one of them. The pacing is strange, and Dashner's use
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who look for a mediocre sci-fi/dystopia kind of read
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
This book would have been great IF:

1) the characters had some personality

2) the main character - Thomas - weren't such a Gary Stu and showed some character development and growth instead of conveniently "remembering" important information to advance the plot

3) the book weren't filled with atrocious made-up slang - "shuck-face," really, is this supposed to be cool?

4) the villains - Grievers - were actually scary or dangerous

5) the maze had some kind of mystery about it and not limited to moving w
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
You know how sometimes you're running really fast from a horrible creature and, in a moment of panic, you turn around to see how close it is only to run straight into a brick wall?


I don't know what that's like either.

But that inattention to detail would probably totally screw you over because a.) now you're knocked unconscious and b.) the creature is going to devour you. Good job.

I guess this is kind of like Lot's wife looking back on Sodom only to be turned into a pillar of salt.

And it is
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Okay so before I start I want to say something.I personally hesitated to read this book because I heard too many bad reviews and things about this book.But let me tell you something.Yeah it has it's problems like the written style but this book has one of the best story plots I have ever read about.And believe,once you get into the book,you will not care about the writing or anything else.I am seriously so angry I haven't read this book early and even more for listening or reading those reall

Miranda Reads
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

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To Summarize: Wellllll...that was convenient...

Thomas wakes up in the middle of a glen in the center a enormous maze. He (along with all of the other guys in there) have no memory of life outside of the maze.

Absolutely blank slates the lot of them...wellll....mostly.

Their entire lives were conveniently erased just enough so they'd have language, motor skills and just enough memory to
Meredith Holley
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the ending of LOST
Q: if you could edit this book, what would you take out?
A: the words.

. . .

Have you ever had an eight-year-old kid try to describe to you winning a level of a video game? Have you ever had a middle-aged man try to describe to you completing the games section of the New York Times? Did those experiences involve multiple conversations like this:

“What is the maze?”
“Stop asking so many questions!”

I have to say that this book was more boring than having someone tell you in painful detail about winnin
Emily May
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”

2 1/2 stars.

It's funny how just a few years can change everything - your reading tastes, your expectations, your standards... because when I read The Maze Runner in early 2011, I enjoyed it a lot. It seemed fast-paced, exciting and a little scary. Plus, I thought the slang was a nice touch.

Three years and a million dystopian/sci-fi books later and everything about me has outgrown this book. It's not terrible. I can still see wh
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-reads
The last page is turned and all I have to say is this: What for the love of all that's good and pure was this foolishness?

...Aaaaand ..... rant!
When I'm sick - the snotty phlegmy febrile kind of sick - and my brain feels sizzlingly fried, I sometimes turn to easy reading "fluff" to give my neurons a break. Sometimes this strategy backfires and the 'fluffy' book actually tries to break my long-suffering brain cells with its sheer stupidity.

It's not even mediocre; mediocrity would be elev
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Sweat drenched his hair, his hands, his clothes, everything. A fear he had never known filled him to the point of insanity.”

Truth be told, I’ve been waiting to read this book for ages! I don’t even know when the first movie came out, but I think it must have been around 2014 or something like that. Anyway, because I didn’t know better back then I just went to the movies and watched the film only to find out that it’s based on a trilogy that was written by James Dashner. Of course I was very int
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind their brain getting twisted
Reading this book + No sleep= brain shock . Oh more like my brain was blown into freaking little bits. I kept thinking about it after I was done. I finished it into the late hours of the night and I kept circling in my head what was going to happen next. The point is moot but I am definitely going to read the sequel The Scorch Trials.

From the start as the reader we have NO idea what is happening. All Thomas can remember is his name. Not where he came from or any specific details of his life.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
lord of the flies. the hunger games. the maze runner.

these books gave me life when i was a teenager. i was OBSESSED with high-stakes survival stories, especially with a dystopian atmosphere. and while this is a rare case where i think the film is better than the book, this story is just sooo good.

firstly, can we take a moment to appreciate a lead male protagonist?! while its becoming a more frequent occurrence in recent YA lit, it felt quite uncommon a decade ago. and i adore thomas. he is the
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished and all I can say is holy shuck! This book is awesome!

I was a little bit scared when I started this book that I wasn't going to like it as it is my first real dystopia/sci-fi book I've read. After about 110 pages it got to the point where I couldn't put it down for anything even while eating dinner I had it one hand and when bedtime came I wanted to stay up all night and read it.

The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and full of suprises. The twists and turns this book took sho
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1), James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a series of young adult dystopian science fiction novels written by American author James Dashner.

The series consists of The Maze Runner (2009), The Scorch Trials (2010) and The Death Cure (2011), as well as two prequel novels, The Kill Order (2012) and The Fever Code (2016), and a companion book titled The Maze Runner Files (2013).

The Maze Runner is the first book in the series and was released on October 6, 2009.

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The author of The Maze Runner was charged with sexual harassment. This has been a PSA.
Wendy Darling
A premise full of promise, but after 150 pages, how can there still be no answers? Deliberately withholding information becomes frustrating not only for the protagonist, but for the reader as well. The fact that Thomas does not demand more answers from his fellow captives makes it difficult to sympathize with or care what happens to him. The spoilers for the book make it sound intriguing, but I can't wade through another 200 pages before it gets to the point.

Aside from a few physical difference
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
At first I was a bit put out with this book. I don’t know what it is about male authors, but they can be down right infuriating. Men truly do think on a different wave length and speak another language than women. I was becoming rather frustrated with the lack of information being given, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to endure that sort of aggravation for 300 plus pages. Luckily around page 60 or so, Dashner hit his stride and I became enthralled with this story.

It’s so difficult to write a
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Trying to escape in one of the more average stereotypical fanfiction teenage dystopian young adult nightmare battle royal hunger game mix up clones.

I read pretty much children´s books and YA, especially with a focus on fresh, funny, and unconventional writing styles, but I don´t get the hype around this one, it has just nothing, no complex plots, interesting characters, nothing. It´s always a bad sign if I am losing my focus because it´s boring, implausible, or redundant, which happened several
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

Thomas comes to the maze in a box, he has no memories of anything other than his name. He learns that he is the "GreenBean" or the newest boy to arrive. They get arrivals once a month.

There's a ton of questions about how he got there and why there is a maze that has walls that move every night.

Then there are the Grievers. Which for the life of me I could not find scary. A machine-like slug? Pour some salt on that fucker.

The next day a girl arrives.

It throws the boys into an uproar.
Charlotte May
“How could anyone be evil enough to do this to us?”

Just as awesome the second time round!
Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of who he is or his past. He is surrounded by boys all just like him, no idea why they are there, some have been there as long as 2 years.

They all keep the Glade running, they grow food, raise livestock and perhaps the most important job - the runners. The runners go out everyday exploring the giant maze surrounding the Glade, attempting to find an escape. Every
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-series
You know how when people are sad they listen to sad music? I on the other hand read a whole ass sad book. The 'sadness', funnily enough, was the result of watching The Death Cure a thousand times and not getting over you-know-what.
You guys were right though. It was wayy different than the movie (not that I'm complaining or anything I love the movie) Gally's character, the whole maze and everything was much more explicit.
I love Newt so much man. He deserves all the happiness in the world. He's li
Nov 10, 2020 marked it as stay-away-from-this-author
NOTE: This is not me imposing my thoughts on anyone. I am NOT judging anyone for reading this book or wanting to support this author. I've got a problem with the author, NOT the reader. This review is for people who take these things into account. Personally, I don't want to support this author. But I'm not forcing others to do the same thing. This is your choice. I just wanted to get this out. Cause someone else did the same thing, and I'm happy about it.  I was able to cancel my order for this ...more
Claudia Ramírez
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
It's 1am, just finished this and it was aMAZEing, see what I did there ;)
Review to come!!

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Where do I even start this review...
Okay, so, The Maze Runner is absolutely incredible! I loved it so much!

This book instantly sucked me in, when I really just got it off my shelf to look at it! Haha, I had always been a bit hesitant to read this book, because I didn't think I'd like it much... Boy, was I wrong. I even broke a book-lover rule and saw the movie first, because I was nev
the fact of the matter and the unfortunate truth is that this book, in my humble opinion, sucks.

remember in the late 2000s and early 2010s when, if you wanted to read newish YA, your choices were dystopian books about chosen one characters who weren't like other girls and...paranormal romance books about chosen one characters who weren't like other girls?

this managed to transcend that by making the same apply to boys, and also being worse.

this was a snoozefest, the characters were horrible to be
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
With his memory stolen/missing Thomas finds himself transported to the Glade where a population of boys (the Gladers) struggle to survive, as well as work out the meaning of the immense ever changing maze at circles them. The boys tasked with mapping (running in the maze and plotting their journeys) the maze are called Maze Runners. A surprisingly engaging read, despite basic characterisations and dialogue, the overall strong and all consuming mystery content makes it worthwhile. It gets as high ...more
Brian Yahn
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The Maze Runner is a masterfully plotted mystery. It's intriguing. It draws you in quick and then reveals details at just the right time to keep you turning the pages for more.

While many criticize the characters for being flat, which they are, Thomas and his fellow Maze Runners are at the very least likable. They play pranks, they crack jokes, they bond in inventive ways, and most importantly they're just fun in general. You can't help but like characters that are trapped in an almost literal He
Neal Shusterman
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Maze Runner, but not as much as I wanted to. It was a great concept, and the story was compelling, the characters and plot twists interesting, and there was no limit to Dashner’s creativity. My big problem was that the characters were manipulated by the story, and not the other way around.
There were so many times when the characters would have figured things out. They’re supposed to be brilliant kids, and yet they are continually clueless about things that are pretty obvious to th
Whitley Birks
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
See the chapter x chapter breakdown on my blog

As if the simplistic and "tell-y" writing in this book weren't bad enough, we also have to content with some truly atrocious pacing, inconsistent characterization, logic gaps out the wazoo, a Gary Stu of a main character, and an ending that kicks this book up into whole new levels of WTFery.

The majority of this book is people jealously withholding information that gets revealed a few chapters later, which makes it painfully obvious that all the not-t
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it

Well. There was....well, first of all, I have to get a cup of water because I have a major headache.

*Goes to get cup of water*

Aah. Much better.

Okay, first second of all, my friend recommended this book. So I requested it, and (foolish me) left it lying on the table where I do my homework, in plain sight of my parents. Oops. So THEN my dad says, at dinner:
"Oh, Ellie, by the way--I borrowed that book of yours, Runner? Or something?"
*gulps nervously* "The Maze Runner?"
"Yeah, that's it.
mark monday
| oblique spoilers ahead |

A is for Apocalypse! A modern craze; a timeless fantasy. What shall bring us to this place? Can there be life after such an event? And if so… what kind of life would that be?

B is for Banzai! “Banzai” is a traditional Japanese exclamation meaning “ten thousand years”. A Banzai charge is a last, desperate charge.

C is for Cube! “Cube” is a 1997 film by Vincenzo Natali. The characters in this film are trapped in a kind of maze, and must pass from one cube-shaped room to
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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.

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