The Maze Runner

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,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780553511536
Branch Call Number: Y FIC DASH
Characteristics: 375 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Aug 09, 2020

Really nice read, but it is also set in a really fictional world. It may be difficult to come back to reality after delving into this world. A lot of action and suspense warranted it a place on the New York Times bestselling novels list. The Glade is described so well, and so are the other kids’ reactions and situations, that it almost feels as if the reader is in those situations. Every mini plot and story, as well as most events, connect together to form a smooth plot that fits well with the dystopian science fiction genre. The characters are so realistic - every reader can almost be a character working with the main character, Thomas, to solve the maze. If you want to distance yourself from reality and experience a fantastical world, but one worth observing, I encourage you to read this novel and the rest of the series.

Jul 30, 2020

This series is truly a masterpiece. I watched the movie first and then after realizing it was a book immediately read it, I really enjoyed it and I am considering buying the series. Thomas wakes up in a small clearing surrounded by a large, intricate, ever changing maze. Every boy in the maze has no memory of why they are there. Who they were. And how to escape. With deadly creatures stalking them at night and getting no closer ton escaping than they were years ago the boys are desperate for clues. And when a GIRL appears in the maze instead of a boy their tiny society inside the maze is flipped upside down as a complicated conspiracy is revealed. And it all centers around Thomas's past. 13+

Jul 29, 2020

Thomas wakes up in an unknown world called the Glade with several other boys.
Everyone’s memories are gone, including his own. Outside the Glade is a maze. No one has
made it to the end of the maze alive, but it’s the key to escaping this world. Then a girl comes to the Glade. No girl has ever entered the Glade before. The arrival of the girl changes the entire Glade and everyone within it. Thomas and the others try to make their way out of the maze.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. It is a good Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel for young adults
readers. If you were a fan of the Hunger Games series, you’ll love this book. The book has a
great overarching theme of survival. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in
Sci-Fi books or survival storylines. Overall, it’s a good read.

Jul 14, 2020

Thomas wakes up in a box and he can only remember his name. He has been transported to the Glade. Outside the stone walls that surround the Glade is an unsolvable, infinite, ever-changing maze. No one has ever gotten out. This book is slow at first, but once the story starts to escalate the nail-biting plot will overwhelm you. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sci-fi thriller that won't disappoint.

Jun 11, 2020

The Maze Runner is set in a maze as you might guess but getting lost isn’t the biggest problem, it’s the monsters that lurk around at night and threaten everyone’s lives. Despite the danger that surrounds them I found I loved how daring the main character, Thomas, is. He actually risks his life very early on in the book just to help out a friend. I like wholesome characters like this who always do the right thing even in the face of danger. You’ll certainly enjoy this novel if you love page turners and lots of dramatic actions scenes. I recommend it especially to young readers as I read these in late elementary school and couldn’t get enough! 3/5 stars
@Celine of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The novel has the similar sci-fi theme as The Hunger Games. A main character who is trying to change the world and a trilogy of young-adult dystopian novels. The first novel is violent, but has few violent parts, I would say about four. The main character is called Thomas who proves to be brave and that he is loyal and clever. Thomas shows this through his antics of getting through the maze and trying to get out as soon as he can. Thomas shows that he is a true leader and will work to prove that he is. The other characters Newt, Teressa, Minho, Gally, and Chuck are a very interesting group of characters that all have different goals and points to the story. Gally, who is jealous of Thomas and doesn't trust him, becomes the very one to betray. The author worked more plot than characters. I would give this novel 6 out of 10 stars. I didn't really get to care about the characters. I cared more about the story.
@Nando90 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 04, 2020

This book was in a genre I normally do not read. I have to admit that I enjoyed the fast pace and the surprise ending.

May 04, 2020

Not much to say about this middle of the road, YA dystopian. It feels a bit like The Hunger Games with a bit of Divergent tossed in. The idea of it is interesting, if a bit unoriginal- a group of kids are placed in the center of a maze and tasked to find a way out. The fact that the walls move every night, and they're being watched, and there are giant monsters that can kill them or inject them with poison throws an intriguing wrench in the mix. The chapters are short enough that it keeps you reading to find out what happens next. The characters are rather bland or one-note, with the exception of Newt. The withholding of information never drew me in as a reader- it actually frustrates me. I don't see why the author felt the need to tell the story this way. It feels unnecessarily drawn out and serves only to pad the pages of the book. I'm thinking I will check out the next novel, as we're left with a bit of a cliffhanger here. The Maze Runner is interesting and entertaining, but only on the surface. There's really nothing deep here, just a fun apocalyptic romp through a puzzle.

Apr 30, 2020

If I had to describe this story in one word, it would be thrilling. So much tension was constantly built up, that I had to keep reading to see how characters got through yet another challenge. Personally, I adored the action-packed, if rather gruesome, tale. Despite the gory details, The Maze Runner is full of suspense and demonstrates trust and growth of characters. I became emotionally-attached to some characters, and even shed a few tears when they faced such devastating hardships. Overall, I found this novel to be quite addicting, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. It’s a must-read!
@ThePageDweller of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Maze Runner is a novel with striking similarities to other Famous books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. This enhances the book rather than making it seem like a cheap clone. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world Where governments have full and strict control over the people. The protagonists are teenagers who are seeking to take back their freedom from their government. Their goal brings them at the brink of life and death many times throughout the book. The main character Thomas as well as several other kids are trapped in a maze and must find a way to escape. Solving the maze would be bad enough, the walls of the maze move every night so the layout of the maze changes everyday. The book is action packed all around and delivers many twists and turns throughout its story. The hunger games may be the book with all the action but the maze runner has a nice mystery setting about it. The Maze Runner book as well as its accompanying movie are both excellent. Id rate this book a 5/5.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 20, 2020

This book is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It was kind of hard to get into and follow at first , because the main character knew nothing and that was just boring and not fun to read but you really get pulled into the action later on the book. I love all of the books in this series. there isn' t really any great life lesson but sometimes you have to read a book just for fun!

Jan 17, 2020

I absolutely loved Maze Runner, it's probably my favourite book series now. It's really exciting, super intriguing cliffhangers, and, in my opinion, it doesn't get boring. I would totally reccomend this book, it's amazing.

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Jan 22, 2020

"Run like your life depends on it, Cause it does."
- Minho

"Good job. You just killed yourself." - Minho

Feb 09, 2019

“I've been shucked and gone to heaven.”

Jan 28, 2019

"Shouldn't someone give a pep talk or something?" Minho asked, pulling Thomas's attention away from Alby.
"Go ahead," Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. "Be careful," he said dryly. "Don't die."
"Great. We're all bloody inspired," Newt answered.

Aug 23, 2018

"We're telepathic! We can talk to each other in our freaking heads!" - Thomas

Dec 19, 2017

For the first time, he felt something for Chuck that made him so angry he wanted to kill somebody. The boy should be in school, in a home, playing with neighbourhood kids. He deserved to go home at night to a family who loved him, worried about him. A mom who made him take a shower every day and a dad who helped him with his homework.
Thomas hated the people who'd taken this poor, innocent kid from his family. He hated them with a passion he didn't even know a human could feel. He wanted them dead, tortured, even. He wanted Chuck to be happy.
But happiness had been ripped from their lives. *Love* had been ripped from their lives.
- Page 194

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)

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Jul 01, 2020

The maze runner invokes the gripping tale of several teenagers who arrive in the middle of a giant labyrinth via lift, with no memory on how or why they got there. Our main lead features a teenager named Thomas, who's a newcomer to the eerie situation. But between these teenagers, they only suffer one goal, and that's to escape. You'll have to read the book if you want to see whether they escape or not! The plot only thickens, and the tension of some scenes put you at the edge of your seat! I've read this book three times, and not once has this book ever disappointed me. If you happen to enjoy it, consider reading the sequels!

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.

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Aug 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense scenes. If you want a scare, then read this book. Great book but it’s also interesting

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

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