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The Maze Runner Trilogy (Maze Runner) Paperback – October 8, 2013

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Praise for the Maze Runner series:
 
A New York Times Bestseller
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."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com
 
“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

About the Author

James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, 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 JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, or find dashnerjames on Instagram.




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Product Details

  • Series: Maze Runner
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Box edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385373791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385373791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, or find dashnerjames on Instagram.

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

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#44 Overall (See top 100 authors)
#2 in Books > Teens
#44 in Books
#69 in Kindle eBooks
#2 in Books > Teens
#44 in Books
#69 in Kindle eBooks

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By S.Ludwig on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book to read when my friend challenged me to try The Maze Runner. He said it scared him to death, but to me it sounded interesting.
When I started the book, every page left me dumbfounded and wanting more. The shear suspense and mystery kept me reading. All I could think about was Maze Runner. It made me tell everyone.
The book is about this young boy who gets sent into a maze to survive with other 12-18 year olds. They have no memory of anything except their first name. They live in the middle of the maze with 300 ft. doors that open during the day and close during the night to keep out the monsters.
This book is for kids 12-up because of the violence and suspense that may be too much for kids. It was one of my favorite books in the whole entire world.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Engel on April 29, 2014
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It took me awhile to warm up to the Maze Runner.

As I was reading the first book, I was repeatedly irritated by the lack of character development, the many choice bits of possible dialogue that seemed ignored or discarded without thought, and the inconsistency in the way things were represented. As a fairly non-spoilery example (there are many others), these kids are supposedly geniuses, but fail for two years to figure out a basic acronym, even though the book clearly states they had seen it written many times.

Everything, in fact, seemed to take a backseat to the action sequences, which were frequent and, truth be told, rather exciting. Still, I was fairly convinced that I would not want to read the next books in the series.

Yet, by the time I was done, I found myself hooked anyway. And so I went and read the second book, which was more of the same, yet even more so - and still, by the time I ended that one, I immediately opened the third and read it in its entirety that same day. I simply couldn't let it out of my hands, with every short chapter ending in a perfect teaser, forcing me to stay awake to read the next one.

The truth is, these books just never let go. Like a good action flick, you are constantly in thrall to the "what's gonna happen next?!" syndrome, slightly dazed by the pace, entranced by the visuals and special effects, your heart racing together with the people and things and stuff going on all around, all the time. Who cares about character development when you have Bruce Willis running around blowing things up and yelling "Yippee ki-yay" when he gets the bad guy? Die Hard is a friggin' awesome movie even with characters as flat as cardboard.

And such is the truth of this series.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Softball Mom on August 30, 2012
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My daughter brought the first part of the MAZE RUNNER home from school and had to do Q & A on it. The school year ended before they got through the whole book. She was so upset and enjoyed the book so much that I bought the whole series. I have since read the entire series as well and enjoyed them. They truly keep you sitting at the edge of your seat. The last series that had my daughter this willing to keep reading was THE HUNGER GAMES!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on December 11, 2013
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Amazing series for anyone that liked The Hunger Games. It may be in the YA category, but I'm 22 and I loved it. The Maze Runner is deep and complex enough to keep anyone intrigued to the very end. Like The Hunger Games, it is a little intense and graphic for the lower side of the YA spectrum, but 14 and up should be alright. The overall pacing is good. The first couple chapters of the first book is a little bit slow and confusing, but don't give up. It is entirely worth it. Whether the author did this on purpose or not I have no idea, but it is actually kind of cool because it ties you emotionally to the main character right off the bat since that is exactly how he is feeling. After you get through the initial confusion, it all falls into place and the story explodes into a thrilling, action-packed adventure. Don't forget the prequel, The Kill Order. I haven't read it yet, but intend to as soon as finals are over lol.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jodi R. Harms on June 13, 2013
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I was impressed by this trilogy and even when I thought I could predict what was going to happen next, I was wrong every time with how James Dashner changed the plot and the direction of the story. It was an easy read that was thrilling and kept me motivated to keep reading. Thanks for such great books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Latimer on November 3, 2013
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Fantastic series! First book my 12 year old has shown a real interest in. Looking forward to more from Dashner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristy D. Brown on July 28, 2014
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definitely an interesting story, not as much depth as I wanted, but a very good story. The character development somehow fell a little flat; I can't pinpoint it, but I enjoyed the story so much and the mystery (and it is a good one) that it kept me very engaged. BY the third book though, it was so much happening and coming at me, kind of like in the divergent series, it was so much about the story and one event after another, I actually felt overwhelmed and had the put the book down. Overall, I am really glad I read it. Dashner is a good writer, and what it takes to write is huge. He should definitely continue to write. I'd read his work again; I just hope he works on scene development and pacing the story with more in the moment reality, like being in the present moment with the characters and less summarizing of feelings, more showing of feelings....
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