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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,, [2009]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385737944
0385737947
Branch Call Number: Y FIC DASH
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm

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haileyrose13
May 05, 2021

I’m sure you have heard of the hit book and movie series “The Maze Runner”, if you haven’t this is your sign. “The Maze runner” is a type of dystopian novel that focuses on a society that is suffering. The book starts out with Thomas waking up in an elevator going up, but where to, the maze. When he reaches the top he becomes surrounded by boys who are strangers. Thomas only remembers his name and nothing else, same with the boys. All of the boys are surrounded by towering stone walls that surround the glade, which is where all of the boys are. The only way out is going through the maze and no one has ever survived a night in it. Suddenly a girl arrives, the only girl, and it turns out she is the last person to ever come up again. This novel is one of my favorites for the reason that you are constantly in suspense of what is going to happen. There is honestly nothing that I don’t like about this book. If you enjoy reading this book there are 4 more so you are in luck. Also the movies are directed by the author himself which is very abnormal.
Age rating: 13+

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kyang_91
Mar 31, 2021

In this story set in a hypothetical science fiction setting, the plot centers around a boy named Thomas who mysteriously appears in front of a giant labyrinth. People of similar unknown origin accompany him, and they must solve the maze to find an escape route. Knowledge of the maze is severely limited, emphasizing the horrors and lack of certainty “runners” experience while running in the maze. Readers interested in dystopian novels or puzzle-solving plots will be captivated by such.

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AlexaLe
Mar 30, 2021

This series is a refreshing take on the YA trope of a dystopian society, in which a young teenage boy named Thomas is dropped off in a maze without his memory or any indication of who he is. He soon discovers that the same has happened to a variety of other boys, who are also trapped in this maze and have formed a society of sorts. He becomes a Runner in the society, one of the most perilous jobs, for he must attempt to navigate the maze filled with dangerous creatures and unknown circumstances. however, the situation becomes much more complicated when Teresa, the first girl in the maze, is delivered in the box. Soon, their entire mini-civilization falls apart as more dangerous and mysterious events begin occurring. Thomas and his friends work to uncover the strange circumstances around their arrival in the maze and how to get out.

I thought that this was a fun read, especially if you do have an interest in dystopian societies. It is almost reminiscent of the Lord of the Flies with its main plot point about a group of boys struggling to survive in an unknown area. The plot was always intriguing, and I was drawn to all of the characters with all of their well-developed personalities. What I especially liked was that it was not first and foremost a love story; instead, it focused on the situation and made it as realistic as possible in a fictional setting like a strange, almost sentient, maze. It has a great balance between the humorous and the tragic, contrasting the death of some of the young boys with the humor of the dialogue.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA novels such as The Hunger Games or Divergent. It’s a great, light read for someone who wants to escape the troubles of their own life and delve into that of a teenage boy searching for answers.

Age rating: 12+
Star rating: 4 stars

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keerthananoru
Mar 26, 2021

The Maze runner is a very thrilling story. A kid named Thomas arrives in a glade where few other people are already there. He is completely lost and has no memories from his past. The Glade is inside a huge maze that he, and others must solve. There are also horrific creatures that come out at night and try to kill all the people in the Glade. While Thomas is getting used to this new setting, he realizes he recognizes the Glade - in fact he helped create it. With this sudden burst of information from the back of his head he tells everyone he knows a way out from the maze. Some are hesitant while others immediately join him as they try to fight their way out of this dystopian society. At points I did have to power read when the author was setting up the scene, or when the story moved slow. I still highly recommend this book for people who love thrillers, and are 9+. There were a lot of moments in this story where hope was created, and lost, but it makes the story more realistic. The movie is great to watch if you read the book.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

A group of boys have arrived in a land known as the Glade with their memory wiped. Outside the Glade is a ginormous maze that they have to solve. They must solve the maze while surviving the creatures that the Creators have placed in the maze. Every month, the Creators send another boy up.

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maharshi_m2005
Mar 05, 2021

Thomas wakes up in the lift. He cannot remember anything but his name. He soon finds himself surrounded by a bunch of boys. The boys are surrounded and trapped by tall stone walls that construct a maze. No one has ever escaped the maze alive. Soon after Thomas spends some time with the other boys, the first girl arrives to deliver a message: "Remember. Survive. Run." Thomas and others must find a way to escape the maze alive. Will they be able to do it? This book was very entertaining because of the unique concept of the story. How the boys are affected by the scary message spikes their adrenaline and forces them to think hard about how they can leave the maze, adding to the plot of the story. The interactions between the boys add to how entertaining the book was, making it a great read.

CMLibrary_KimUC Feb 15, 2021

16-year old Thomas wakes alone in an elevator, no memories except his name. When the doors open, he finds himself in the Glade, met by other boys who came before also without memories. Thomas soon breaks the number one rule, finding himself outside the Glade's massive stone doors and inside the Maze at night. Can Thomas find his way out of the maze back to his memories, back to his life? Does he want to find out what is on the other side? Fans of Hunger Games will enjoy this fast paced adventure as well as the entire series.

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marlovesducky
Feb 09, 2021

I really enjoyed this book when I was younger. I didn't stop reading until I had finished reading the series!

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woahitsandrew
Feb 03, 2021

The Maze Runner is a young adult dystopian novel written by author James Dashner. The book follows Thomas, a teen who finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of the Glade, an area filled with boys who are trapped in the center of a gigantic ever-changing maze with no recollection of their past or the world they came from. All they know are their names. Everything changes when the first girl ever arrives. Told through the point of view of the main character Thomas, the reader is similarly in the dark regarding the maze and why the boys are placed there, adding a sense of mystery and intrigue. Dashner crafts a well-written story that captures the reader’s attention. Although its themes are surface level and lack sufficient depth to make it truly great, The Maze Runner is still an exciting read, leaving off with the reader wanting more.

Rating: 3.5/5
Age Rating: 10+

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Zoeyting
Jan 23, 2021

The Maze Runner is a science fiction trilogy by James Dashner. Thomas, the main character, wakes up in a dark elevator with no memories of anything. The next second, the door opens and he sees a group of boys his age surrounding him in a place with four high concrete walls covered by ivy. After a few days, Thomas discovered that there is a maze beyond the walls and they’re stuck in it. Thomas quickly becomes one of the Runners, whose job is to explore the maze everyday until they find a way our. Throughout the plot, it is illustrated that a group of boys discover the unknown and challenges they faced. This is so far my favorite novel and kept me on tenterhooks. Each chapter ends with revealing a surprising fact that leaves me in suspense. This book would be the perfect selection for everyone who enjoys reading science fiction novels.

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kyang_91
Mar 31, 2021

kyang_91 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Orange1Monkey
Dec 10, 2020

Orange1Monkey thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

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Shreeya_Amin
Nov 19, 2020

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samvar
Sep 28, 2020

samvar thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jul 30, 2020

GreenNinjaGirl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Anika_Singh
Jul 14, 2020

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starbits
Jul 01, 2020

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orange_penguin_420
Apr 07, 2020

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navy_elk_50
Jan 31, 2020

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DarkWolf024
Jan 17, 2020

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noory17
Jan 22, 2020

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

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

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LexiLou2
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."
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"Great. We're all bloody inspired," Newt answered.

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alyssaanderson
Aug 23, 2018

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

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BeanieBoos101
Aug 25, 2016

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

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mmmm0201
Jul 04, 2016

"Everything is going to change"
-Teresa

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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OfMazesandMages
Feb 22, 2016

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

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lilacat
Nov 11, 2015

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

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Orange1Monkey
Dec 10, 2020

Thomas is a young teenager who suddenly wakes up inside a small elevator that arrives at The Glade; a small region of land where many other boys live, all with no memory of their past lives. The Glade is found in the middle of an extremely complicated maze that, not only is very hard to map because of its constant shifting, is also filled with Grievers, monsters that live in the walls of the maze. The boys in the maze have been trying to escape for a long time, but their attempts prove unsuccessful due to the maze’s constant shifting. Read this book to join Thomas as he adjusts to his new home and decides to become a runner, one of many to explore the maze everyday trying to find a way out.

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starbits
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!

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BeanieBoos101
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?

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SahilHans
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

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vv19
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!

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bk_tiger
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".

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Jglazer9
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?

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DobbysSock
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.

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anna_banana02
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.

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green_ant_2572
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

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Elentari
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

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Elentari
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.

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crazycoolbff
Oct 25, 2014

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

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deannamt
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.

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Chokri_Fable
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.

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JihadiConservative
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.

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007_Trout
Dec 24, 2012

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

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