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The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Dashner
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Read the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a movie, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
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 maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—
“Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—

“Breathless, cinematic action.”Publishers Weekly
“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.”Kirkus Reviews
“Exclamation-worthy.”Romantic Times
[STAR] “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred

From the Hardcover edition.

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    From School Library Journal

    Grade 6–10—Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "the glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys. Thomas is a likable protagonist who uses the information available to him and his relationships (including his ties to the girl, Teresa) to lead the Gladers. Unfortunately, the question of whether the teens will escape the maze is answered 30 pages before the book ends, and the intervening chapter loses momentum. The epilogue, which would be deliciously creepy coming immediately after the plot resolves, fails to pack a punch as a result. That said, The Maze Runner has a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH END


    Praise for the Maze Runner series:
    A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
    A USA Today Bestseller
    A Book Sense Bestseller
    An Indie Next List Selection
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
    An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
    An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
    "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—
    “Wonderful action-writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday

    “[A] nail-biting must-read.”—

    “Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
    “Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
    “Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times
    * “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred
    “Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.”—Deseret News

    From the Hardcover edition.

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    452 of 516 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read Though Not Very Thought Provoking August 26, 2009
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    I first heard about this book at an SCWBWI conference where its editor from Delacorte spoke highly of how it grabbed her attention right away.

    I have to agree. The one thing that Dashner does right from start to finish is barely provide enough information to answer the questions that form in the reader's mind BUT what information he gives does promote one to keep reading.

    Curiosity drove me to read this book straight through...that and the fact that the writing wasn't all that challenging.

    I'm not trying to bag on Dashner, but I was a little surprised at the many passed-on opportunities he had to draw me further into the story or even care more about the characters' fates .

    I felt consistently disappointed with what I was offered of Thomas's character -- far too sulky and desirous of screaming at people who can hardly offer him the answers, etc. he's so desperate for. And Teresa, for as important as she's made out to be, is so flat. I think it was well within the author's scope to improve the depth of these characters considering the decent job he did on secondary characters like Chuck and Minho.

    By the time I reached the end, I all but rolled my eyes. I felt roughly the same as I did when I finished watching 'The Cube'...interesting story, but what was the point of putting the characters through all that? Especially when the characters themselves hardly spend any real time trying to understand their situation. And this latter part actually seems quite critical to the purpose of the situation they're in.

    Okay, I know this is meant to be YA but it certainly had room to grow in the 'thought provoking' department. It's a decent and entertaining story, but will it become the topic of critical academic discussion? Not likely.

    It's far too light in depth and development as it stands. Perhaps the eventual trilogy as a whole will provide something 'more'.
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    145 of 173 people found the following review helpful
    After completing the Hunger Games trilogy, I was eager for another great YA dystopian read but did not find it in The Maze Runner. I was initially intrigued by the book's description. I knew there would be boys caught in a maze, with their memories wiped and little hope for escape, and I knew that the appearance of a girl on the scene would change everything. Mazes, games, riddles, and other sorts of non-traditional mysteries attract me, but Dashner's execution of his book did not.

    The plot was ill-paced. At times it felt slow, because Dashner introduced the reader to the maze in the same way the main character, Thomas, was introduced to it: both the reader and Thomas learn almost everything through numerous secondary explanations by characters. In more skilled hands, this might be an effective way of immersing a reader in a fictional world. Dashner's exposition, however, felt cumbersome. As a reader, if I'm going to be told about a world rather than shown it, I'd better be told well. When I wasn't slogging through Dashner's writing, I was tumbling head-over-heels down its textual cliffs. Parts of the novel simply moved too quickly for any real character or plot development to occur. Readers are barely introduced to the main protagonist before being introduced to Teresa, the girl who supposedly changes everything. We really have very little sense for what's changing, because this inciting action comes so shortly after our encounter with Thomas.

    The plot also felt as if it had been constructed with little forethought. Each step or twist in the plot seemed as if it were generated on the spot as the author wrote his way linearly through this novel. Shazam! Such and such happens out of the blue. A quick patch-up of missing explanation ensues. Shazam!
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars James Dashner is great, but the Maze Runner isn't. October 4, 2010
    By Nae R
    I really wanted to love this book. I met James Dashner at a writing conference once. He seemed like a really amiable guy, with a good sense of humor. I read the first book in the 13th Reality series and didn't love it, but I was quite willing to give him another shot. Especially because the premise of the Maze Runner is fascinating. Sadly, while this review does make me feel rather traitorous, I have to say that the execution of the concept failed on many levels. There are a lot of good things about the book, but they don't quite make up for the flaws.


    1. The idea is fantastic.
    2. The ending of the book is a total slap in the face (in a good way).
    3. Chuck, Minho, Newt, and Alby were likeable enough.
    4. The mystery of the book is enough to stop readers from putting the book down until the very end, and it is suspenseful to keep you on edge throughout the duration.
    5. James Dashner has created a very vivid well written dystopian world that's really quite fascinating.

    THE BAD:

    1. James Dashner has a horrible habit of treating fairly obvious things like they are mysteries. He tends to foreshadow and suspensefully lead up to these big reveals toward the end of the novel that sound like they're going to be a major turning point, and then the main character is like 'I've figured it out! We have to throw the ring into Mount Doom!' and then all of the characters react to this like it's mind blowing, all while the reader is thinking... "Well of course you have to throw the ring into Mount Doom. Gandalf said that was the only way to destroy the ring....In like the first chapter, and there hasn't been a single alternate option given" while they bury their faces in their palms. The 13th Reality had the same problem.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Maze Runner was amazing
    The characters were developed very well the story was incredible. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
    Published 1 hour ago by John J. McIlvery
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
    Loved loved loved this book. Highly recommend it.
    Published 3 hours ago by hollyann403
    5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and thought-provoking
    A great story for young teens through adults. Valuable ethical ideas are posed and the suspense of not being "in the know" keeps the reader engaged. Read more
    Published 4 hours ago by Keith Ondra
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very well written. The book keeps you intrigued and turning page after page.
    Published 6 hours ago by Shelly J. Brawley
    3.0 out of 5 stars Chasing fire
    The Maze Runner is a book I chose because a movie was made based from it and I was curious. I did not know what to expect, except there is a maze, probably some running, and the... Read more
    Published 9 hours ago by Supified
    4.0 out of 5 stars ... action and it really is violent so I would recommend it for kids...
    I think this book has a lot of action and it really is violent so I would recommend it for kids ten and up
    Published 9 hours ago by Rafael Matos
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hooked but not satisfied
    It's irritating hearing how popular a certain teen rating book is. I bought this book because I heard of good reviews from classmates and a cheap price. Read more
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    Published 1 day ago by Rowan O'Sullivan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Movie.... then book
    So different from the movie, I cannot believe how much they changed. I'm very excited to see what happens next!
    Published 1 day ago by Leah Crelley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good book I couldn't wait for the next one
    Good book I couldn't wait for the next one!
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    More About the Author

    James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series that includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. He has also written The Eye of Minds (book one in the Mortality Doctrine series), the 13th Reality series, and two books in The Infinity Ring series: A Mutiny in Time and The Iron Empire.

    Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, or find dashnerjames on Instagram.

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    #1 in Books > Teens
    #12 in Books
    #20 in Kindle eBooks
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