The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

eBook - 2009
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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.
Published: New York : Random House Children's Books, [2009]
ISBN: 9780375893773


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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.

Teenage boys are deposited from a freight elevator into the middle of an enormous maze with no memory of their prior life or how they got there. One of the boys, 16-year-old Thomas, comes to a frightening understanding that he and the other boys must lock themselves in at night just to remain ali... Read More »

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Aug 18, 2017

Thomas woke up in a crowded elevator, remembering nothing but his name. When the elevator doors open, Thomas is exposed to a whole new world led by teenage boys called the Glade. As far as they all remember, the Glade is all they know. Since Thomas' appearance, the Gladers begin to discover things lurking beneath the surface. Products of nuclear war, the first ever Glader girl, and finally escaping the Maze.
This is a book you read for a quick read and a good adventure. Throughout the book, you keep getting drawn in by the alluring mystery while you ask yourself the same questions: when, why and how. I loved the use of Glader vocabulary sprinkled in every chapter, it really helped me immerse myself. The dystopian world itself was something I hadn't thought of before. Though this book has its fair share of flaws. Come of the characters were a bit flat, though they delve into it more into the series. Also, Thomas had a sense of "The Perfect Protagonist." Other than his dangerous curiosity, which is something all protagonists have, he doesn't actually have any flaws. Ignoring that, it's a good read, I strongly suggest it.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 08, 2017

I started this book feeling optimistic but soon got very bored.
I think you should give it a chance just to see if it is for you.
I can't give it a full review because I only read the first quarter of the book.

Aug 04, 2017

This was an absolute torture to read ... i choked it down hoping that the story would get better but was let down as the series unfolded . Great concept but poorly executed IMO

Jul 25, 2017

it was so amazing. not one of those cheesy books. it really took a hold of me and i read it to the end.

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
I love the vocabulary unique to this story. I tore through this book as quickly as I could; it was mysterious and thrilling, and I dove right into the sequel.
Side note: the first movie is a pretty good representation of the book. Worth watching. *The sequel is not.*

Apr 30, 2017

This was a book which was very descriptive and had lots of adventure in it. There was almost action in every part of the book and it was well written. The way the group of teenagers tried to solve the way to get out of the maze was incredible. Personally my favourite character is Newt because he seems like a nice guy and acts as a good leader as well. There are more challenges to overcome, but I don’t think that will be a problem for Thomas and his friends to overcome. The grievers were pretty scary based off of their descriptions in the book. It was very surprising how Thomas got one to die. Because of that, I think that is how he earned his respect among the others.

Apr 11, 2017

Love, love, love this whole series! The kill order excluded though. James Dashner has some real writing skills! The fever code was amzing as well! Read the whole series. But theres no way you can read it and not just love newt! Belive me! Anyone whos read the series know what i mean! Anyway, this whole series is a must read! Full five stars for sure!

Apr 11, 2017

This book was fantastic! Totally recommend to any teen or adult looking for a scare combined with action and an unusual setting and plot. Three words define my opinion of the Maze Runner: FIVE FULL STARS!

Jan 19, 2017

I loved "The Maze Runner" and recommend it to everyone that likes adventurous and sad books. I thought that this book was amazing and i think you will like it too.

Jan 09, 2017

I was recommended The Maze Runner as a preference since I enjoyed the Hunger Games Series but I simply could not finish it. This book was boring and did not capture my interest what-so-ever. The author seemed more interested in detailing everything Thomas saw, smelled or did instead of moving the plot along. The only character I liked was Chuck...and he (SPOILER) dies!

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Aug 23, 2016

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May 19, 2016

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Apr 21, 2016

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Aug 25, 2016

"Chuck is a wee little fat shank." - Newt

Jul 04, 2016

"Everything is going to change"

If you aint scared, you aint human.

black_giraffe_41 Mar 21, 2016

"Shuck it all and kiss a Griever goodnight" -Newt (my fav character)

Feb 22, 2016

"Great, we're all bloody inspired." -Newt
pg.324 of The Maze Runner

Nov 11, 2015

"...You're the shuckiest shuck-faced shuck there ever was." - Minho

Nov 11, 2015

“Don’t do it, Tommy! Don’t you bloody do it!" - Newt ( my fave character)

Aug 17, 2015

u run through a maze and den deres monsta

Jul 07, 2015

“You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin' up. Plain and simple.”

Jul 07, 2015

“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.”

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Aug 25, 2016

This book is about and bunch of boys trapped inside a maze full of monsters. Worst of all, the boys memories have been whipped! Every month a boy would come up into the maze They have been looking for a way out for 2 years! When a boy name Thomas arrives into the maze everyone thought he was a normal boy the had his memories whipped but everything changes when the following day, for the first time ever, a girl comes! With the help of Thomas and his friend Minho, they discover a way out of the maze but it is gaurded by giant spiders. If you get stung by them your memories come back. Half the boys die trying to get to the end. In the end of the book, Teresa (the girl) and the remaining boys escape from the maze by helicopter. Or at least they think they have been saved.....

A group of boys trapped in a maze, only to find out that they were placed there by other members of society. Will they be able to escape? Or will they remain trapped forever?

Jun 22, 2016

Thos action/thriller book leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat Thomas through the maze of discovering himself. This teenage boy faces bone shocking, enormous spiders (grievers) to the complicated mind of a girl he can't stop thinking about

Apr 14, 2016

*Some spoilers* Crazy whacked out idea but I loved the wild ride of reading this story. So many twists and unexpected revelations in the book. The main character is trying to find answers to who the good guys are and what has happened to his world as we try to figure it all out with him. It is set in the future where mankind needs saving from a horrible disaster that has turned humans into monsters. Now scientists use children to figure out how to save the human race. Great book!

Oct 17, 2015

Thomas wakes up with no memory except his first name,Thomas, of his previous life in a elevator. He finds himself living in the glade and trying to escape the maze. Then, a girl comes up from the box holding a note saying that she was the last one ever, and they find out how to get out of the maze. When they get to the Griever Hole, they have to kill grievers and then they deactivate the maze. They get to the creators, and find out there is a disease called the "flare" in the real world that kills people and turns them into zombie looking people before they die. then the story ends at the boys resting in a house not infected by the "flare".

Jul 23, 2015

Thomas arrives in an elevator and still does not know his name. He is shown around and is told the rules. He gets in a fight on his first day and remembers his name. He is told he needs a job and says he wants to be a runner. After Rule 3 was to not go into the maze was broken by Thomas they debated banishing him, but he did so well that he became part of the runners. It is Thomas and Minho's job to find a way out of the moving maze and not get everyone killed. Can Thomas save his people?

Jul 15, 2015

Maze Runner by James Dashner, is a thrilling story about life in the future after Earth has been struck by sun flares and a disease called ‘the flare.’ When Thomas finds himself in “the box,” with no memory of his life except his name, he realises he’s no ordinary individual and he’ll need all the help he can get if he’s going to escape the concrete maze that surrounds him.

Jul 13, 2015

He thought it was just a dream at first, but he never woke up. Thomas is stuck in a life sized maze with only one way in and one way out. Just as he was beginning to get used to it a new girl shows up. This would't be a problem but you see she is the only girl. After that things began to get weird so Thomas and any friends he has must find a way out before it's to late.

Jun 28, 2015

This book is about some teenagers who wake up and find themselves in a maze and when they get there, they can't remember anything except their name. Anytime they try to escape the get attacked by some scary animals. They lost all hope until a boy named thomas arrives.

Jun 11, 2015


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Jan 09, 2015

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

Jan 09, 2015

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

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

Oct 17, 2013

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

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

Violence: violence. some major.

LIANGBAH Apr 09, 2013

Violence: disturbing scenes, and lots of blood near the end :)

klints Feb 22, 2013

Violence: I was surprised about the amount of violence in this novel, but I enjoyed the story regardless.

Dec 24, 2012

Violence: It has quite a bit of violence that makes you feel uneasy

cale07 Jul 23, 2012

Other: There are also disturbing scenes in this book they can make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable.

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