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The Maze Runner (Book 1) Paperback – August 24, 2010
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
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 writing—fast-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
[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
"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News
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Top Customer Reviews
Even though it was slow, I wanted to finish it to see how much different it would be from the movie...what would be changed. And a lot was. The book bothered me a lot because the author would write something like and this is where the good part was... or And then it really started to come together. But as I read it, I didn't feel that way and I was waiting for what the good part actually was when it didn't come.
The dialogue bothered me because everyone sounded the same, even Thomas a couple hours in started to say their slang like he was saying it all this life even though he didn't know what it meant. The only one that sounded a little different was Newt with his bugger.
Overall it was just okay, it only kept me into it at the very end when they began to escape other than that it was blah and didn't keep my attention. Took me way longer than I thought to read it.
Thomas's thoughts are repetitive, including the over 10 times he says he wants to be a runner, he also panics every second page in one form or another.
I don't understand why the boys didn't fight the grievers and devise clever ways to escape. I didn't like any of the characters and I found the dialogue just as dry, there was a sense of disconnect. There were so many things that irked me, not least of which was the "swearing", cutesy words made up to replace real curse words. I wanted Thomas to be a maze runner, and he became one (like I knew he would) but at the same time he never really did take me on the adventure I had hoped for, inside it. It didn't do it for me, I wanted it to. Really wanted it to. Procrastinating boys, I didnt think it worked.
The most profound things that caught my attention about this story is the sadness, the drive, and the acceptance of these boys. They live without a memory of their past, an uncertainty if they'll ever escape the maze, and the fear of monsters. While this story does not really approach a happy ending, it gives examples of how one person can make a difference in a community of underlying despair. How rules sometimes need to be broken. That order is needed but should be thrown out the window when life doesn't give you a choice. That is the deeper meanings I got from this tale.
I will also say that this author knows how to leave you wanting more. Each event leads to another, and it's hard to close the book. Who is this girl? Why the monsters? Where is the maze really located at? Who is behind it all? Question after question, and I was mad because I wanted more of the story. A lot of questions unanswered, but I am hoping the next book will clue me in on a lot of things.
I do recommend this book. It's a great adventure, and I'm getting the hardcover The Scorch Trials.
Tragedy, doubt, and adventure- are just the things that you will encounter reading the novel Maze Runner by James Dashner. It is filled with twists and turns in the plot leaving you on the edge of your seat.
It starts out with a teenage boy named Thomas who comes out of the box coming from the ground which serves as the entrance to the maze. No one knows how you get in there or where its comes from. He comes into a clearing towered by walls that are part of a gigantic, dangerous, tricky Maze. Thomas, just like all of the other boys has lost his memory of his past life. They all what lies outside of the maze. The maze is filled creatures called Grievers, with their half mechanical bodies. Getting stung by them will leave you wishing you were never born. In the center of the maze is a clearing called the glade. Every day the boys do their jobs while the runners go out into the maze hoping they will find a way out. Thomas soon befriends a boy named Chuck that is also relatively new there. Shortly after, someone arrives in the box unexpectedly. It was the first girl ever to enter the maze, coming with an alarming message. After she arrives things change; nothing will ever be the same in the glade again.
The theme of the book is to persevere through hard problems. If you look at a problem with a different angle you can think you way out. The characters have to be smart with the maze and can not mess around which can also kept the book interesting. One thing that I thought is great was that the author always was surprising you with new events every chapter. I recommend this book to boys and girls, ages between ten to fifteen. The subject might be too confusing for younger ages and may boring for older.
There was one thing I did not like about the book, the ending. Now I will not tell you, but I will say it does not leave you wanting more and on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens. The rest of the book was great but the ending did not live up to the expectations and depth of the rest of the book. Just like all books, The Maze Runner has ups and downs even with a boring ending, it was an enjoyable book.
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ease can u send me a copy of the scorched trials please thank you two for a great book have a wonderful day bye.