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The Maze Runner [Kindle Edition]

James Dashner
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (732 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

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    About the Author

    James Dashner is also the author of the 13th Reality series. James was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. After several years working in finance, he is now a full-time writer.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 860 KB
    • Print Length: 386 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385737947
    • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (12 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008LUM25M
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (732 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Maze Runner 21 Nov. 2014
    By kirsty
    Synopsis: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a bizarre maze.
    Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there, or what's happening to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.
    Review: I really enjoyed this book. I think it may be my favourite of all the young adult dystopian novels I've read so far. I debated with myself for a while as to why. The Hunger Games Series has to me, the more horrid premise of teenagers killing each other to keep down the threat of rebellion yet The Maze Runner with less death keeps the reasons for being in the maze vague and creates more of a grittier feel. It comes across as more brutal.
    I always love a book with short chapters. To me when you say 'Just one more chapter' with short chapters that usually ends up being half a book and with each of these chapters ending with little cliff hangers you really do just have to keep going. After a number of duds recently it was nice to find a book I couldn't put down.
    There are a number of plot holes, it's true. The description of how many lads are in the Glades doesn't fit with the descriptions of the way they are brought there (one every month over a period of 2 years) but it doesn't really affect the overall story. I'm also wondering about the point of Teresa. Apart from being able to speak telepathically to Thomas she doesn't really do much or add that much to the plot. Maybe she will have more to do in future books?
    I liked the story, loved the feel of it, and can’t wait to see the film to see of the Grievers match on-screen how I saw them in my mind. A high recommendation
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    32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great 17 Sept. 2010
    By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    What is it about young adult fiction and dystopian futures? Why do the nation's teenagers relish such downcast visions of their future? I don't know the answer to that, but this sub-genre has generated some great novels in recent years. Whilst never quite reaching the heights of Unwind, The Hunger Games or The City of Ember, the Maze Runner is an interesting addition to an ever-growing list of fictional dystopias.

    The novel opens with Thomas arriving in the 'Glade'. He has no recollection of how he arrived there, whether he has any family, or what his life had been like beforehand. The Glade is populated by adolescent boys, who have arrived one per month, as part of a strange and little understood experiment. They are surrounded by huge walls, in which doors open during daylight hours. Beyond these doors is a maze.

    At night the doors shut, sealing the Glade off from the horrific 'Greivers', peculiar mechanical-organic hybrids that ruthlessly hunt down and kill anybody unlucky enough to find themselves outside after dark. The entire area is a man-made construct - night and day are artificial, the climate is constant and the maze terminates at the sheer and vertiginous 'Cliff'.

    Thomas's arrival immediately alters the community's dynamic. He questions why they are there and how to get out, sowing discord amongst the boys. In an attempt to find answers, he starts to explore the maze, and even takes on the dreaded Greivers.
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    76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    By Lorrie
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase

    I bought the Maze Runner series after seeing extremely positive reviews here on Amazon. I can only imagine that I must have been reading a completely different book to the one purchased by all the 4* and 5* reviewers, because I've rarely read something as poorly written. It's hard to even know where to begin with criticising this monstrosity, but some of the major bugbears are as follow:

    The plot: clunky, slow, so contrived it's untrue. Instead of genuine suspense and clear plot arcs, the book is just a long line of events that never really succeed in building up any suspense.

    The 'suspense': Dashner seems incapable of showing the reader anything, instead choosing to describe *everything* in painstaking (and often painfully boring) detail. I was never able to lose myself in the story because the omnniscient narrator and the annoying protagonist (whose voices often get mixed up, annoyingly) are always there, explicitly stating which emotions/reactions are appropriate at any given time. We don't *feel* suspense; we get told that things are Super Tense.

    The characters: the protagonist, Thomas, is one of the most unlikeable characters I've had the misfortune of encountering recently. He's a textbook Gary Stu, and we're supposed to find him admirable/heroic/impressive when he is, in fact, erratic, unpleasant, obtuse and ridiculously entitled. Oh, and unbelievably dense, a lot of the time, although this seems to be more of a plot driver than anything - he does a lot of daft things and asks a *lot* of very daft questions simply so the reader can be privy to information that was obvious already:

    "'Where was he bitten?' Thomas asked. 'Can you see it?'
    'They don't freaking bite you. They prick you....
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Exceptional book but nothing like the film. Completely different but 100 miles better. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
    Published 7 hours ago by Sparky72
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A good book. Comparable to the Hunger Games (but cooperative), and almost as good.
    Published 1 day ago by Joseph Grimer
    1.0 out of 5 stars Just trust me.
    It's an awful book.
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    Published 2 days ago by A MILLAR
    2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot but the writing style is just painful.
    As a teacher I often like to dip into the books that my students have recommended. The Maze Runner fell into this category but unlike the Hunger Games, Artemis Fowl or even... Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Jensti
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Maze Runner - Five Stars
    This book was thoroughly enjoyable and lived up to everything that it promised. It certainly is "A must for any fan of 'The Hunger Games'" as it channels some of the same... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Robert
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable start to a series
    This one has been on my radar for a while (I mean, who hasn't heard of it?) but it's taken me a long time to get round to it. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Maia Moore @ MaiaMooreReads
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    really good read
    Published 5 days ago by taylor
    1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
    This book isn't very good it's a bit boring
    Published 6 days ago by Emily
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
    I didn't think that it was that good because it was completely different from the movie and it wasn't very exciting at all.
    Published 6 days ago by live it
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