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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780385737951
0385737949
Branch Call Number: FIC D
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 21 cm.

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List - Books to Movies 2014 by: nypl_west_farms Apr 10, 2014

Release date: September 19

When the doors open to The Glade, Thomas finds that he has no memory of how he got there or of his past. And he's not the only one . . . Inspired by Lord of the Flies - William Golding


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Jan 12, 2015
  • 1tarheel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Points for originality, but his style's a little bit....simplistic?

In addition, If you liked the hunger games, I think you will definitely enjoy this book. I found that James Dashner is a much better writer than Susan Collins. The hunger games(complete with long, drawn out love triangle and uninteresting, pallid characters) paled in comparison to Dashner's masterpiece. I would easily choose Thomas and the rest of the gladers, over clueless and depressed Katniss any day.

When I first opened this book, one thought ran through my mind. "this book is gonna be another poorly written, unoriginal waste of my time that I will end up reading half of it before never giving it a second thought." I am( or was) an avid reader for a long time. Ever since I was young any book that touched my hands was ingested into my system in a matter of days. At some point along the way, I became very discouraged with the ever increasing lack of good writers and good stories to read. Perhaps I was fed up with the generic characters who had no depth or life, perhaps it was the endless plots that had been
written and rewritten a thousand times. Whatever the reason I stopped reading for a long time, giving up hope that I would ever find a good book again.
This book, my friends, has blown me away. James Dashner has talent to weave a story full of color, intensity, emotion, and adrenaline. As soon as you pick up this book, you immediately feel like you join Thomas in trying to learn about his new confusing world. The story constantly runs high on emotions and adrenaline, something new always flying in your direction. Its incredible that I did not find myself skipping to the end(or worse, predicting the end a few chapters into the book). In fact, its quite the opposite. You feel trapped along side of the rest of the gladers, desperate to find the answers. By the end of reading this book, I was very much looking forward to what 'tomorrow' would bring. Instead of reading this book i felt like i was actually in the story. I was angry, confused, crying, laughing, fighting, fearing, running through the maze of James Dashner's first enthralling book. I recommend this book to anyone who has given up on literature today. This book will restore your hope and that maybe(just maybe), our sorry generation might have some ability to write a compelling and wild adventure.

Jan 08, 2015
  • BeBeHansen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first out of 4 in the Maze Runner series is mainly building suspense and laying ground work for the three incredible books that follow! I did enjoy this book as I am an escape reader; it certainly does the job but if it's not enough wait long enough to try the following books. Without this book the rest make no sense and trust me it's a series you don't want to skip there just aren't enough books to run into when the real world bites. Check out other books by James Dashner he's a good author and for the target age he's astonishing I'm in my mid 20's and loved it.

Jan 06, 2015
  • Dtrasler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It's going to be tough to be a voice of dissent in this love-fest, but I wasn't blown away by this book. It's certainly cast in the mould of the standard YA dystopian future, where the smart teens outwit the cruel and stupid adults with their brilliance and lovely hair, but the plot seemed more labyrinthine than the maze of the title. Reaching the end of the book, I found it hard to care what happened to any of the characters who survived this book, and was prepared to bet heavily that if anyone did come through the experience, they wouldn't be portrayed with the realism Suzanne Collins conferred on Katniss, traumatised and crippled by what she had seen and done. I suspect the hero of this trilogy (name, sadly, already forgotten) will stand up straight at the end and lead his fellows into a brave new future unencumbered by tedious adults.

There is really only one word needed to describe James Dashner’s The Maze Runner – Wow! Imagine that you wake up in a strange place knowing nothing but your name. Your memory has been wiped and you have no idea what happened to you before you woke up in the pitch black of an elevator that opens to reveal a walled-off area and a bunch of boys staring at you. The leader of the group tells you that you are in the middle of a maze, in a place called The Glade where these boys all live, carving out an existence. Nobody knows why the maze is there or why they are all trapped inside with no way out that they have discovered in the past two years. As well as trying to solve the maze they must survive the attacks of sinister blob-type creatures called Grievers. The story follows Thomas and the other ‘Gladers’ who strive against the odds to escape the maze alive.

The story is heart-stopping and the plot races along. It’s one of those books that you just don’t want to end and I was excited to discover that The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy. Now I just have to wait patiently for James Dashner to write the sequel, Scorch Trials that comes out later this year. If you loved Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games you’re sure to love The Maze Runner.

Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was for sure one of the best books I have ever read. There was a strong bond between all of the characters and so much suspense. An amazing read.

great book :)
definitely recommend it

Dec 01, 2014
  • wanny4dance rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book a lot. The plot idea was cool and I love every character for a different reason. My only disappointment was that the writing was very simple and easy. Other than that, it was a great, fun read!

Nov 24, 2014
  • chelslug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Maze Runner is the best book I've ever read! Full of action and suspense, teens will love it! There's also a movie. It's also great!

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Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

meagan3 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Dec 22, 2014
  • blue_zebra_1226 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

blue_zebra_1226 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Nov 20, 2014
  • waterpolo25 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Nov 07, 2014
  • grip9898 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

grip9898 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

blue_cat_6420 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Oct 25, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

crazycoolbff thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

asmitabirring thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Oct 19, 2014
  • yellow_lion_277 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

yellow_lion_277 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Dec 27, 2014
  • meagan3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Three Grievers were up ahead, rolling along as they dug their spikes into into the stone, coming directly toward him.

Nov 30, 2014
  • GB4478 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“But there was something about the largest object in the solar system vanishing that tended to disrupt normal schedules.”

"Great, we're all bloody inspired."

-Newt

"How do you ask a dead man what he did wrong?"

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

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Sexual Content: Please, there is no Sexual content or Romance in this book. The only things that comes close to it, is holding hands. And if you think that counts as Sexual content you are not from this generation. :P

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book is very intense, and sometimes scary. Violent at times, but no where near as gruesome as the hunger games.

Oct 25, 2014
  • crazycoolbff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Kinda creepy scenes, some violence. And NO there's NOT any romance. AT ALL.

Oct 12, 2014
  • chicken_nugget rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: this title contains a lot of sexual content.

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!!!

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Nov 07, 2014
  • grip9898 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Its a good book I read it a while ago and i cant wait for the movie It is a thriller for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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