- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; 1 edition (1647)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910655104
- ISBN-13: 978-1910655108
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I see a lot of reviews talking about how the characters were without personality, boring, unreadable, flat. In some ways I do understand the frustration. At times it's near impossible to read what is going on exactly, BUT I think I've found purpose to what so many deem madness. I mean, these are kids who woke up in a strange place with no memory of who they are, where they came from. To top it all off, they're trapped in a maze crawling with monsters at night. And no matter how much they try to escape, they can't. They have lived in a place with no idea of what they were, who they were supposed to be, or what they ARE supposed to be now. For me, it would only make sense for a stagnant environment to produce stagnation in the people occupying it. I know that may be reaching a little bit - but it's what has helped me to manage through the book with a peaked interest.
I couldn't put the novel down. Overall, I find the concept of the story good. And despite the blank slates of many characters, they are still fairly likable (except for Alby. Book Alby worked my absolute last nerve. He was a complete 360 from his movie self and I have never hated a character so much so quickly. I disliked him more than Gally >:( ). All in all, the movie made me want to dive directly into The Scorch Trials, so it definitely did something right. Honestly, I think the biggest issue that most people can agree with is the lack of personality in the characters. But in my perspective, I can kind of make it work in my head! I look forward to continuing these books.
I read the Series chronologically because I watched movies first and thought would be good idea to start with completely new source material. As it turned out, everything was new source material but that's different story altogether. :)
Anyway... 'Kill Order' proved to be strangely anticlimactic. General storyline is interesting enough but writing style is very sloppy at best. Author is not in full command of his characters (unlike the characters from original trilogy). Pacing is uneven and overall text is plagued by expositions, annoying, repeated instructions to reader what he or she should think and feel and better part of the story feels somehow disjointed. 'Kill Order' leaves the impression of a draft, two to three versions and good editing away from final novel. It made me suspicious toward quality of original trilogy and wonder how it gained all that traction.
Quality of the 'Fever Code' is immeasurably superior to 'Kill Order'. Storyline is good, if a bit drawn-out at times. Occasional exposition still pops up here and there but virtually non-existent compared to first prequel. Author is obviously familiar with both characters and general storyline. There are minor inconsistencies with original trilogy but I'm really nitpicking now. I'd say 'Fever Code' is only one version away from really good novel.
The original trilogy (Maze Runner, Scorch Trials and Death Cure) is downright excellent. (Hence four stars.) Well written, strong narrative, well developed characters, distinctive voices, excellent world building. Story gripped me instantaneously and I basically put everything on back burner until I inhaled all three novels. Minor complaint goes toward keeping readers and characters in the dark as at times unnecessarily protracted. Another complaint goes towards disturbing ease with which Tomas switches from Teresa to Brenda, especially at the end. It feels neither genuine nor organic. The rest is just excellent story well told.
Let me just finish with a bit of dry humor - it is strangely comforting to know bacon and eggs will be readily available even after the apocalypse. :)