The Maze Runner Trilogy

The Maze Runner Trilogy

Book 01, The Maze Runner

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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780553511536
9780385385206
9780385737951
Branch Call Number: DASH
Characteristics: 375 pages, unnumbered pages of plates : colour photographs
Alternative Title: Maze runner

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SCL_Justin Aug 03, 2017

I read James Dashner’s dystopian YA dystopia book The Maze Runner more out of duty than pleasure. The story isn’t terrible. There’s a small colony of teenage boys living in a compound in the middle of a shifting maze with no memories of their lives before they arrived but their names. Thomas is t... Read More »


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SCL_Justin Aug 03, 2017

I read James Dashner’s dystopian YA dystopia book The Maze Runner more out of duty than pleasure. The story isn’t terrible. There’s a small colony of teenage boys living in a compound in the middle of a shifting maze with no memories of their lives before they arrived but their names. Thomas is the hero and we follow him from the day he arrives in the maze.

A few bits of the story irked me (a colony of boys – plus a telepathic Smurfette character – might have made sense when Lord of the Flies was written but without a reason, it seems pretty stupid this century) but it was the writing that really killed the book for me. Its sentences were boring, and everything felt very telegraphed. There weren’t any really interesting questions beyond the information everyone withheld from Thomas, but the withholding felt incredibly manipulative throughout.

I would recommend this for kids who found The Hunger Games too dense/intense, but it pales in comparison on pretty much every other level. Not terrible, but there’s way better stuff out there (The Knife of Never Letting Go leaps to mind, especially since the consequences of the all-male colony are explored.)

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allisonallain
Dec 04, 2012

The Maze Runner was written by James Dashner and originally published in October 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

This is the first book in the YA dystopian Maze Runner series. It all starts when, a teenage boy, Thomas wakes up in an elevator and the only thing that he remembers is his name. The elevator deposits him into the ‘Glade’ which is inhabited by other teenage boys and is surrounded by a giant maze. It takes a while for Thomas to figure out that these boys have been left here and have been working for years to find a way out of the maze. Each month there is a new boy that is brought in with Thomas being the latest addition. Normally it takes an entire month until there is someone new but this time something different happens the next day the first girl arrives in the elevator which seems to trigger something important. Thomas is still learning all about his new environment and trying to figure out why he doesn’t remember anything but seems to remember the girl. Each day the designated runners go through the maze and try to find a way out and each night they come and the gates close to the maze. Thomas is shocked to see that inside the maze there are ‘Grievers’ creatures which can attack and kill people. Soon things begin to change and Thomas knows that he somehow has to become a runner and figure out the tricks of the maze. He doesn’t know why but he has been sent here for a reason and he wants to know what that reason is.

Wow this book sure was action packed; from the very beginning I wanted to know what was going on and I couldn’t figure it out. Even after finishing the book there are still so many unanswered questions that are driving me crazy meaning of course that I have to pick up the sequel “The Scorch Trials” sooner rather than later. I think that lots of people both boys and girls, young and old will enjoy this story because there is so much to going on that keeps your attention throughout the entire story. It’s a new take on the lost boy story like “Lord of the Flies” which I personally didn’t like.

I liked Thomas because I was glad that he kept pushing to get answers from the other boys. I mean if I had just been put into a weird place and didn’t remember anything then I would want to know what was going on. It seemed that the boys were very nonchalant like you will learn things as you need to or whatever. Of course he has a ton of questions because he wants to get the hell out of this maze and back to whatever life he had before. I also enjoyed the other boys especially Chuck the other newbie who kind of took Thomas under his wing and showed him the ropes since he knew what it was like to be the newest boy. It was interesting that they had developed their own slang and ways of doing things; they had a functioning society. Each boy had a job and something that he was responsible for as well they had developed a government of sorts to make sure that decisions were made to benefit the entire group.

Like I mentioned before the ending was irritating because I now have to read the next in the series to find out what is going on. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the entire series. Now that all the books are out as well as the prequel I have no reason to put it off any longer. I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the books, and I will recommend this book to friends for sure. I also read that there is a movie in the works. It has been on the back burner since 2011, but from what I understand there is a script already written by James Dashner himself and a director attached. I hope that it actually gets made.
Check out my blog for more reviews http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/

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schaarzy
Sep 23, 2011

I Read the hunger games and then I read this. THIS IS BETTER! I couldn't believe the creativity of this book! So amazing and a twist around every corner! 5 stars for sure! Everybody I recommend this to tells me I was right when I tell them it's the best book ever. Join the fan club! Read it!

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Sep 23, 2011

schaarzy thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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