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The Maze Runner

Dashner, James, 1972- (Paperback - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Maze Runner


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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-
Statement of Responsibility: James Dashner
Title: The maze runner
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2009
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 21 cm.
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Report This Apr 21, 2014
  • manuelte rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is a horrible mess of a book. The story keeps you interested due to the lack of information it gives, so you keep hoping there will be a shed of sense on the next chapter, but it never comes. The book is also terribly sexist: there is only one female character, and her only role is in function of the male protagonist, and once a glimmer of an explanation to the character's situation is provided it works against the all-male setting driving home a chauvinist message of male superiority. I do not recommend this book, it is just another in the teen novel bandwagon. Poorly written, poorly executed, and with no logical sense at all.

Report This Apr 19, 2014
  • qwertyuiop12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good dystopian theme, not the best, but pretty good, there making a movie, ther probly gonna mess it up '

Report This Apr 01, 2014
  • ekk097 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I got through half the book before I got bored. Nice concept, but not the best writing- it doesn't engage the reader as a good book should. The idea is there- I can see why this book gets good reviews, its just the writing that is dry and not very interesting.

Report This Mar 31, 2014
  • kingabdi1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You'll be Amazed if you read this book, once you start it you wouldn't want to put in down even at night. It's so addictive that once you read it, you would want to read it again over and over. I would never get tired of reading this book. Its an Amazing book for Adults and mature teen. It's so cool how you can imagine all the action going on in your head. I cant wait to read the next book, i recommend you read this book because it's just and amazing book. Best time and place to read this book is at a quit place and time. These are the next three JAMES DASHNER books you guys should read, THE SCORCH TRAILS, THE DEATH CURE, THE KILL ORDER

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought the premise was interesting, but the "mystery" of the maze and its purpose seemed overdone and got to be annoying. The plot was a bit predictable and simplistic at times - I saw some of the "big" revelations and developments from a mile away. I liked Thomas, Teresa, and the boys, but I don't feel like I got fully invested in them. Nevertheless, it's enjoyable enough that I'll keep going.

It was soooo good. I couldn't wait to read the next one. Have fun reading this AWESOME story!

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • soulsurfersteph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of those "can't put down" books you want to stay up all night to finish. I don't get why people are complaining about character development. Not all books are meant to be about complex relationships between characters or deep psychology. Go read Wally Lamb if you want that. The Maze Runner is *plot driven.* It's about building a strange world layer upon layer like LOST. If you use your imagination and place yourself in the world of the Maze Runner, you won't be "bored" or busy worrying about deeper psychology. You'll be busy trying to solve the puzzle. Good read for adults as well as mature teens.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • jeesup99 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

its bad

Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • 4funtrader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

slow at places. overall good story line. Seems similar to Hunger Games idea.

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Report This Feb 19, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • Chokri_Fable rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chokri_Fable thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

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  • Star252 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Star252 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 20

navy_giraffe_36 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • violet_whale_33 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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  • LIANGBAH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LIANGBAH thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • M_M_M rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

M_M_M thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense but its awesome

Report This 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

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

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

Report This 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!!!

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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.

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

FLOAT CATCH BLEED DEATH STIFF PUSH

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

"Gotta solve the buggin maze".

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

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

Report This Jul 28, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

great and outstanding

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

"WICKED is good."

Report This Nov 06, 2011
  • aj4ac rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An idea had just occurred to him. A horrible, terrible, awful idea. The worst idea in the history of horrible, terrible, awful ideas. - Chapter 45 page 11 of 13

Report This Jan 08, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!

Report This Jan 08, 2011
  • bluebelle11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've been shucked and gone to heaven.

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The Maze Runner- Conversation with Cast and Creators

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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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