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The Maze Runner [Paperback]

James Dashner
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2 Aug 2010
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 patrols its corridors, to find out.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190642750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427504
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 5 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was recommended this series by a friend, who thought they were amazing. I certainly don't disagree.

This novel begins with the main character, Thomas, showing up in a area called the glade with no memories except for his first name. The glade has fifty to sixty other boys around his age in it all with no recollection of their previous life. All of the boys are attempting to find their way out of the glade through the maze which is next to the glade. The day after he arrives, another person shows up - but this time it's a girl. Usually they get one new boy once a month on the same day so this is highly unusual. The girl then seems to be the root of more problems that start occurring and Thomas seems to recognise the girl from somewhere. It is so interesting how everything is like a jigsaw, metaphorically speaking. The fun is in how the reader guesses how it all works out. Then you discover Thomas's secret near the end. A must read, in my opinion!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Have Ever Read 21 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
When my friends told me about this book, I was sceptical, thinking it would be a repeat of The Hunger Games. It was not. Although I loved the Hunger Games trilogy, this is head and shoulders above it. The description is unbelievable and the storyline is never boring. At the end of each chapter, it ends on a cliff hanger making it impossible to put down. I ended up finishing it in under a week and it usually takes me at least 3 weeks to finish other books of the same length. I cannot praise it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to the trilogy 11 July 2014
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This is going to be done from memory as I read this book over a year ago now and never wrote a review at the time. What's spurred me on is that I've recently finished the trilogy and now feel that I should review all three books.

This is the first book in the trilogy and introduces us to Thomas and WICKED (although by the end there still so many unanswered questions about this organisation). The book starts with Thomas in 'The Box' where he is being transported somewhere unknown and with no memories at all. All he knows is that he is called Thomas. He ends up in a place called The Glade with a group of boys called the Gladers. It's here that we meet Minho, Newt, Gally, Alby, Frypan and Chuck among others and we start to find out about life in the maze. Not long after Thomas arrives in the Glade, they get another new arrival, which is strange as they don't normally arrive so quickly. Stranger still is that fact that it's a girl who calls out Thomas' name before lapsing into unconsciousness. Attached to Theresa is note that says that she will be the last one. Later we find out that Thomas and Theresa can communicate via telepathy and that they may already know each other. The book then becomes a journey for the Gladers trying to escape the maze.

It took me a while to get into this book as I, like Thomas, had absolutely no idea what was going on! Obviously this turned to be very clever and as Thomas found things out we, as readers also got more of an insight into life in the Glade and why they were there and what they need to do to escape through the Maze. Once I got used to this and being in the dark for so long I really started to enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as I hoped, but still a good book. 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now, and when I heard that Dylan O'brien was going to be starting in the film version, I knew I had found the motivation to read it that I've been looking for. (I'm kinda in love with the dork haha).

The book starts of with Thomas arriving, without his memory or any clue as to how or why he is there. We learn pretty early on that for 2 years, everything has gone pretty smoothly and like clockwork, apart from being forced to run through a maze to find escape of course. Anyway like I said, everything has run like clockwork for 2 years. Once a month they get a new person arrive, once a week they get supplies at the same time every week. They don't ask questions anymore as their job is survival and finding a way out. That is until another new person arrives the day after Thomas, that would be strange enough if it wasn't for the fact that person is a girl. Since Thomas arrives he has the uneasy feeling like his been there before, but with nothing to back it up he puts it down to nothing other than deja vu, only as time goes on some of the other boys start saying they know him, that he has something to do with The Creators. Why should he believe them though? they are just delusional kids who have gone through the changing, something that happens after being stung by a griever right? only the girl who arrived on spoke one word before slipping into a coma, his name.

It's plain to see early on that Thomas has a bigger part to play than he knows, and while he is still trying to earn his stripes around the community its getting harder and harder to ignore. Faced with a massive maze that's constantly changing, life is pretty hard and when it seems like time is running out, desperation levels reach an all time high.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Lorrie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
[SOME SPOILERS!]

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 gripping
Amazing suspense with a cliff hanger leaves you wanting more a must read for all ages can't wait for number 2
Published 1 hour ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars ... my sons to read (11 and 13) but I've enjoyed it as much as they...
Bought this for my sons to read (11 and 13) but I've enjoyed it as much as they have - looking forward to seeing the film together.
Published 9 hours ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Awesome book, loved the characters, loved the base line, loved the context.
A must read for people that like adventure.
Published 11 hours ago by Max Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
best book ever in the history of the world. cant wait to read the second!!!!!!!!!!!
if you dare try it now. aerents the kids will love it.
Published 1 day ago by avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Amazing book if confusing if you like that sort of stuff try a book called Drift House can't wait to read book 2
Published 1 day ago by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling ride
It was exceptionally thrilling. I couldn't put it down from the start! I loved every single part of the book and the way the story line played out was a ride and a half! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Liv
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - very much enjoyed
At first, when I started reading the book I thought it was quite strange and odd because of the vocabulary used such as "shuck" "greenie" "slinthead" etc. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kelis Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely riveting. Keeps you enticed and wanting to read more
Published 3 days ago by unicorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Had me gripped from the start. I am now reading book two :)
Published 3 days ago by kirsty smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It's been a while since I've not been able to put a book down, but this one succeeded brilliantly in making me do just that. Read more
Published 3 days ago by David Devlin
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