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Books. #, Title, Pages, Chapters, Words, Audio, US release. 1, The Maze Runner, , 62, 94,, 10h 50m, October 2, The. The Maze Runner is a young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American author James Dashner and the first book released in The Maze. To ask other readers questions about The Maze Runner, please sign up. of The Maze Runner (), The Scorch Trials () and The Death Cure (), The Kill Order () and The Fever Code (), and a companion book titled .
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The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a major motion picture featuring the . series–The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2) (Oct 12, ) MAZE RUNNER SERIES now features chapters from The Fever Code, the .. series that includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. The first novel, “The Maze Runner,” tells the remarkable story of Thomas, a young In this new novel, “The Scorch Trials,” Thomas and his friends are faced with a action continues to build in the remaining third novel called “The Death Cure.
But it is dangerous and risky. The doors close at night to protect the inhabitants from the Grievers. The day after Thomas arrives, a girl steps out of the box. She is the very first girl to ever set foot in the Glade. He name is Teresa and she brings a mysterious message with her.
As the story progresses, Thomas is confronted with many conflicts that will test his physical strength, his emotional stability, and his mental quickness. Will he find the courage that it takes to become a Maze Runner?
It is a fast-paced journey that definitely leaves the reader wondering what will become of Thomas. Will he and the others ever safely escape the Glade and make it through the horrible, scary and dangerous nightmare of the Maze?
They find that they are living on a planet in ruin. The earth is overcome by sun flares and as a result a deadly illness is raging. Thomas and the others once again awaken in a strange place, presumably being told they are safe. But as the reader soon realizes, Thomas is special and he knows there is no safety here. They may act like they have the health and safety of Thomas and his friends in mind, but they may just want to use them for something else to their benefit.
Did Teresa ever wake up? Did they safely escape the maze? Did everyone survive? These books must be read in order to be appreciated. It is through superior character development, realistic chemistry between the characters, and the endearing qualities that make each character who they are, that the reader becomes enthralled by and attached to these books.
Thomas realizes he has strength he never thought possible and the ability to choose the right path when faced with impossible decisions. There is a prequel to the Maze Runner Series as well. It should come as no surprise to anyone that these books would make incredible movies. As is the case, the movie version will hit theatres on February 14, It stares new, young, talented actors that are sure to delight the younger viewers in the crowd.
It will surely be discussed long after the books are read and the movies are seen due to its perfect combination of thought-provoking and entertaining qualities and unique, appealing and memorable characters.
If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Book s. The guy is a master! I really want to see what Dashner has up his sleeve this time.
They had all these books that were hugely popular within the young adult realm and I had read all of them except, you guessed it, this one. I couldn't have any of that! Added later: Great news guys, there are making this into a movie! Here is a link to the little info that is out about the movie.
Basically nothing but hopefully in the coming months that will change! Okay the trailer is out! I am officially excited guys.
View all 56 comments. Breathe, Inge, breathe. Oh, this is gooooood. The Maze Runner was like a breath of fresh air to me.
I needed a nice, clean cut from the typical YA books filled with whiny protagonists, insta-love and love triangles, and I got exactly what I asked for. This book is like a giant puzzle that you solve along with the characters.
It is filled with unexpected twists and turns, full of action and I sighed every once in a while because it was so much to take in at once. It started off highly confusing, but soon took a turn for the exciting and left me hanging with so many unanswered questions; after the last page, I was still begging for more.
The Maze Runner had me gripping my seat until the very end. A great and very thrilling read. Thomas was a curious, smart and brave protagonist and basically everything the Gladers needed at the time. I felt all the emotions myself. I felt the sorrow, the despair, the excitement, the need for survival, everything. They ended up being quite gross and I started fearing them as well.
The arrival of the girl definitely lightened things up, not much, but enough. The deaths were very predictable but they did add to the story. And that ending! Ooooh, that ending killed me! I was so happy when I read the last sentence, and then I read that freaking epilogue. That was heart-wrenching.
Now I must get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible. Damn you, James Dashner. View all 66 comments. Easy fun thrilling read.. Hard, Mysterious Dangerous Maze though.. View all 49 comments. May 28, Nic rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've just finished and all I can say is holy shuck! This book is awesome! After about pages it got to the point where I couldn't put it down for anything even while eating dinner I had it one hand and when bedtime came I wanted to stay up all night and read it.
The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and full of suprises. The twists and turns this book took sho I've just finished and all I can say is holy shuck! The twists and turns this book took shocked me unlike any other book I've read. It also has some creative lingo but I found it easy to understand and I actually think it added to this books charm.
All I have to say is read this book especially you, Morgan: Oct 12, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: At first I was a bit put out with this book. Men truly do think on a different wave length and speak another language than women. Luckily around page 60 or so, Dashner hit his stride and I became enthralled with this story.
Dashner mastered the art of dolling out need to know information in spades while maintaining an air of mystery that keeps you immersed in the story, craving for more. The Maze Runner begins with Thomas finding himself memory-less, surrounded by teenage boys of varying ages, in a strange place called the Glade.
There even appears to be order within the Glade, though it is filled with nothing but testosterone fueled teenage boys. There appears to be only a handful of rules, 1. Never threaten your fellow Gladers, 2. Everyone must pull their weight, 3. No one is allowed in the Maze aside from runners, 4. No one is allowed in the Maze after dark. Though the rules are rather self-explanatory, their necessity becomes all to clear once Thomas is allowed to know what lurks behind the stone walls protecting the Glade.
While no one knows how they came to arrive in the Glade, why they were sent, or who sent them, they all strive towards a common goal, solving the Maze and leaving the Glade. But once the first ever girl arrives into the Glade, a trigger is pulled, and the stakes for survival are raised. Luckily, there is a conclusion of sorts; however, this is clearly a series as you gain new information that tickles your intrigue before coming to a major halt.
View all 61 comments. Apr 06, Wendy Darling marked it as dnf Shelves: A premise full of promise, but after pages, how can there still be no answers? Deliberately withholding information becomes frustrating not only for the protagonist, but for the reader as well. The fact that Thomas does not demand more answers from his fellow captives makes it difficult to sympathize with or care what happens to him. The spoilers for the book make it sound intriguing, but I can't wade through another pages before it gets to the point.
Aside from a few physical difference A premise full of promise, but after pages, how can there still be no answers? Aside from a few physical differences and "bad" or "good" actions, the boys tend to blend together as well.
They're not fully fleshed out or unique in any way, and for a book that's centered around characters in a bleak environment in a desperate situation, this is a most unfortunate weakness. View all 17 comments. Thomas comes to the maze in a box, he has no memories of anything other than his name. He learns that he is the "GreenBean" or the newest boy to arrive. They get arrivals once a month. There's a ton of questions about how he got there and why there is a maze that has walls that move every night.
Then there are the Grievers. Which for the life of me I could not find scary. A machine-like slug? Pour some salt on that fucker. The next day a girl arrives. It throws the boys into an uproar. A GIRL! Then they realize she has a mysterious note. It's all about to change. I wish it would because I am dang confused. No complete answers are ever given in this book.
So a sum up of the whole book could be this very gif: Will I move on in the series? Probably not, it's not the worst book ever but I hate not having answers so I'll just get pissed off if I continue.
View all 98 comments. Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of who he is or his past. He is surrounded by boys all just like him, no idea why they are there, some have been there as long as 2 years. They all keep the Glade running, they grow food, raise livestock and perhaps the most important job - the runners.
The runners go out everyday exploring the giant maze surrounding the Glade, attempting to find an escape. Every night the doors close, and no one can get into the maze, or back out! When another Glader arrives, Teresa - the first girl Glader, things go from bad to worse. Eventually they have to decide what to do.
It was so exciting to watch everything unfold, with the terrifying grievers that live in the maze! To see all the secrets and answers come out. Onto book 2! View all 14 comments. Aug 05, Brian Yahn rated it liked it. The Maze Runner is a masterfully plotted mystery. It's intriguing. It draws you in quick and then reveals details at just the right time to keep you turning the pages for more. While many criticize the characters for being flat, which they are, Thomas and his fellow Maze Runners are at the very least likable.
They play pranks, they crack jokes, they bond in inventive ways, and most importantly they're just fun in general. You can't help but like characters that are trapped in an almost literal He The Maze Runner is a masterfully plotted mystery. You can't help but like characters that are trapped in an almost literal Hell and somehow make the most of it to the point you secretly wish you were part of it. There's something magical in that. A story can only go so far with characters that don't really have any meaningful connection to the plot or the setting , though.
Any of these guys could've been replaced for any other personality with barely any notice. I think James Dashner really squeezed the best possible plot he could out of the characters he created. The real pitfall of The Maze Runner is the writing.
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As Dashner might write, It's really, really bad. So bad, it leaves you feeling nothing in a lot of scenes you should feel loss or adrenaline or relief or View all 5 comments. Dec 09, Zainab rated it it was amazing Shelves: You know how when people are sad they listen to sad music? I on the other hand read a whole ass sad book. The 'sadness', funnily enough, was the result of watching The Death Cure a thousand times and not getting over you-know-what.
You guys were right though. It was wayy different than the movie not that I'm complaining or anything I love the movie Gally's character, the whole maze and everything was much more explicit. I love Newt so much man. He deserves all the happiness in the world. He's li You know how when people are sad they listen to sad music? He's like 99 percent of the reason I started reading this series I'm not even kidding.
We're all bloody inspired,' Newt answered. Newt is one of the best, most understanding character ever and no one can tell me otherwise.
View all 26 comments. La trama de la novela es muy buena. El corredor del laberinto es una novela ya muy famosa y de la que queda poco por decir, quien no la conozca es porque vive debajo de una piedra. Review more like gush: Where do I even start this review Okay, so, The Maze Runner is absolutely incredible! I loved it so much! This book instantly sucked me in, when I really just got it off my shelf to look at it!
Haha, I had always been a bit hesitant to read this book, because I didn't think I'd like it much Boy, was I wrong. I even broke a book-lover rule and saw the movie first, because I was nev It's 1am, just finished this and it was aMAZEing, see what I did there ; Review to come!! I even broke a book-lover rule and saw the movie first, because I was never actually sure if I'd read this! Yet, I still enjoyed the book so much, even though I knew what was going to happen!
Makes me so excited for book 2, because I don't know what's gonna happen Reading this made me feel like it was Christmas morning, all jittery and happy.
It gave me nostalgic feels even though I'd never read it before Idk, it's hard to place. This book caused me severe lack of sleep, not even just by reading late into the night, but also because when I wasn't reading, I was thinking or dreaming about this book!
I even read it at every break I got on my biology excursion! I've never said 'just one more chapter' more in my entire reading life! Which I think is fair to say I'm pretty obsessed with it! I'm SO happy that I loved this book the way I did, because it's been soo long since I've completely and utterly enjoyed a book! Go read this if you haven't already! Might go read Scorch Trials now View all 6 comments.
The Maze Runner isn't all bad, for dystopian YA fiction. That's kind of damning it with faint praise, but I just can't summon up a whole lot of enthusiasm for it. It was reasonably well-written and had a promising setting, but I found it a frustrating read on SO many levels: Other kids keep telling the main character not to ask questions, so, so often. It was incredibly annoying and -here's the capper - it turns out there's no real reason for that.
Other than hiding the Big Mystery 2. Other than hiding the Big Mystery Ball from the reader a little while longer. Gary Stu. Lots of teenage boys die, and the reason just isn't compelling enough to justify it. Kind of weak. This is the first book in a series and way too many questions were left unanswered.
Why would the Powers that Be think a bunch of teenagers, however smart, can solve it? I'm just not sure I care about the answers enough to read the sequels. Certainly not enough to buy them. Maybe I'd read them if someone put them in front of my face, but I'm not even sure about that. I gave the book to my older teenage son. He never read it. I tried to talk my younger teen into it. He usually likes this kind of fantasy, but no go. Maybe I just hate to admit I paid full retail price for a book that no one in my family will much like.
View all 24 comments. Sep 23, Ellie rated it really liked it. There was Much better. Okay, first second of all, my friend recommended this book.
So I requested it, and foolish me left it lying on the table where I do my homework, in plain sight of my parents. So THEN my dad says, at dinner: Or something? Lucky me, there isn't any sex or even kissing. How was it? Yes, he actually said that. So there is pretty much ZIP chance of him reading 2. D Hoorah! Seeing my dad reading fantasy was just too weird. On another note, I liked it. Except Teresa, who, from her description, reminds me of a vampire. And the fact that my friend, who read it first, claimed Minho.
View all 68 comments. Jun 15, Whitley Birks rated it did not like it Shelves: See the chapter x chapter breakdown on my blog As if the simplistic and "tell-y" writing in this book weren't bad enough, we also have to content with some truly atrocious pacing, inconsistent characterization, logic gaps out the wazoo, a Gary Stu of a main character, and an ending that kicks this book up into whole new levels of WTFery.
The majority of this book is people jealously withholding information that gets revealed a few chapters later, which makes it painfully obvious that all the not-t See the chapter x chapter breakdown on my blog As if the simplistic and "tell-y" writing in this book weren't bad enough, we also have to content with some truly atrocious pacing, inconsistent characterization, logic gaps out the wazoo, a Gary Stu of a main character, and an ending that kicks this book up into whole new levels of WTFery.
The majority of this book is people jealously withholding information that gets revealed a few chapters later, which makes it painfully obvious that all the not-telling going on is just for the sake of dragging things out. The "puzzle" of the maze should have been solved in the first week or at least, parts of it should , the "monsters" were so easy to beat that I'm still confused as to why the boys didn't kill them all sooner, and Thomas got way too much praise for merely existing.
The rest of the cast had to be dumbed down to some truly paint-eating levels in order to make him look good, but the book went ahead and did that.
At one point, Thomas was actually praised for his "brilliant" tactic for getting around the monsters, which consisted of "fake right, dodge left. And I really have no words for that ending except: Clearly, too many lessons facts about how the planet works need to be re-taught first. To cap off the fail-cake that is this book, we also got the lovely message of "if anyone disagrees with you and gets angry about it, call them insane.
View all 16 comments. Jan 20, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: A modern craze; a timeless fantasy. What shall bring us to this place? Can there be life after such an event? And if so… what kind of life would that be? B is for Banzai! A Banzai charge is a last, desperate charge. C is for Cube! The characters in this film are trapped in a kind of maze, and must pass from one cube-shaped room to oblique spoilers ahead A is for Apocalypse!
The characters in this film are trapped in a kind of maze, and must pass from one cube-shaped room to another. The characters do not know why they are in this place. They must escape or die. D is for Despair! As Thomas Jefferson once said: Extrasensory Perception involves reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind.
F is for Flare! G is for Goethe! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and politician. A timeless question! H is for Hybrid! Machine-animal hybrids often appear within genres such as science fantasy, steampunk, and the post-apocalyptic young adult adventure novel. I is for IQ! The Intelligence Quotient is a score derived from standardized testing in order to assess intelligence.
Some have questioned its use… J is for Janissary! As children, the Janissaries were taken from their parents to become elite soldiers in the Ottoman Empire.
K is for Killing Zone! But the phrase just really fits. L is for Lord of the Flies! A bunch of boys stranded in a dangerous environment! They revert into savages! Murder and Mayhem and Malice, Oh My! But why was it so hard for them to maintain their own sort of society, to stay civilized? They should have consulted the lads of The Maze Runner! M is for Maze Runner!
N is for No Exit! The play is about three deceased characters who are punished by being locked in a room together for eternity. Hell is other people! O is for Ouroboros! P is for Pandemic! A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide. Q is for Quotient! In mathematics, a quotient is the result of division. R is for Runner!
S is for Survivor! Contestants attempt to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other; the key goal is to not be voted out. T is for Tenacity! I would say that running around in the same maze for two years is pretty damned tenacious. U is for Unanswered Questions! Some readers felt frustration or anger at the end of The Maze Runner — too many questions left unanswered, too abrupt of a cliffhanger.
I felt quite a bit of frustration as well, but for the opposite reason: I would have appreciated less questions answered, more ambiguity. I wanted less of a plunge into a rather typical post-apocalyptic adventure and more running about in a maze for reasons unknown. Although I did enjoy the actual cliffhanger. V is for Vendetta! The characters in The Maze Runner use the idea of Vendetta to fight back, to inspire themselves, to fling themselves into the unknown. The movie adaptation of that comic contains this quote: W is for Waiting for Godot!
The characters wait for answers that never appear. Beckett, describing his creation: X is for Xbox! The Xbox and its various successors are video game consoles.
I trust you can connect the dots here. Y is for Young Adult! I think that many of our classic and modern young adult stories together form the fables of our times.
A handful of narratives that are repeated and reshaped, told through hundreds - thousands? Their prose is usually transparent and their meanings overt. The reader and the protagonist are given clear lessons to learn. But the reader may, in turn, choose to project their own meanings onto these archetypical stories.
Z is for Zarathustra! I truly do love you Jun 10, Neal Shusterman rated it liked it. I enjoyed the Maze Runner, but not as much as I wanted to. My big problem was that the characters were manipulated by the story, and not the other way around.
There were so many times when the characters would have figured things out. I think Dashner should have trusted his characters a little more, and let the story flow from them, rather than letting them be constrained by the plot he wanted to maintain.
View all 11 comments. Nov 13, Forrest rated it liked it. I apologize up front about the spoilers in this review. They are hidden, but if you don't want to know some of the spoilers, don't click on them!
Fair warning! I read this at the encouragement of one of my kids, who dearly loves this book. So let me state right up front, buddy, I'm glad you loved this book. Now I'm going to express my opinion. Please remember that we're all allowed to have our opinions, even if mine is wrong.
Now, I didn't hate The Maze Runner by any means. But Preamble: But I didn't love it either. It was. Likeable, but not loveable. Speaking of which, I really need to reread it and write a review. In any case, I think the real problem is that Dashner got some things backwards. I was frankly put off by the blatant foreshadowing or, more appropriately, "backshadowing" that Dashner used like a blunt object to hit readers over the head with information.
The view spoiler [memory-wipe trick hide spoiler ] that provides so much of the impetus for the plot could have been carefully employed to maneuver the reader's thoughts and emotions into place for a brilliant ending. But I felt that Dashner used it as a cheap parlor trick. He also misses the opportunity to really make the reader care deeply about view spoiler [Thomas and Teresa's hide spoiler ] relationship, not to mention the relationship between Thomas and Chuck, view spoiler [whose death did very little to tug at my emotional heartstrings when I wanted to be ripped apart with grief hide spoiler ].
Rather than allowing Thomas to love deeply and passionately, which would have endeared readers to him and others , the view spoiler [memory trick hide spoiler ] got in the way of us getting to know and love him, flattening him out as a character.
The Maze Runner
The plot itself is strange and intriguing. Because this is the first book in a series, I found the ending unsatisfactory.
I sort of want to read the next book, since I'd like to understand some of the mysteries, and I want to give Dashner the chance to redeem himself, but time being what it is, I'm not rushing to the bookstore to add the sequel to my TBR pile. I suspect that if you're willing to go the distance, and if you're not an over-educated snob like me, you might love this book. Again, I'm not in love with it, but I'm in like with it. But for the meantime, The Maze Runner remains stuck in the maze at 3 stars.
View all 20 comments. My experience with this book turned out to be a unique one: Let's discuss. I bought this book over a year ago because of the Dystopia craze.. It's been a while though, and I picked it up at a time where I was excited for it which turned out for the best. I was first stricken wi My experience with this book turned out to be a unique one: I was first stricken with how fascinating the whole world concept for this books is: I've always enjoyed reading and thinking about how bodies of people govern themselves, and this made an interesting study.
Also, of course! But here lies my problem with this book: Therefore, I expected "Okay, I get it! It was infuriating! I felt all this potential for the story, it honestly has such an exciting prospect, but then you learn nothing further about the world and the plot goes nowhere. A couple of people have told me that this was all necessary information needed for the sequels, and I completely disagree.
I will not budge on my feelings that this book had a lot of wasted time merely standing around the Glade that should have been cut out to make the story an actual story: I want plot, something to follow! However, and this is where I was so happily surprised, the last hundred or so pages of this book WERE exactly what I wanted expected. They were completely action packed, very suspenseful, and absolutely thrilling to read.
I at first wondered if it would be "too little, too late" but my final verdict is no..
The writing in this book was overall enjoyable: However, I do have to point to the lack of suspensefulness: Overall, it was a tough read for most of the way through, but the ending portion really made up for it. I'm scared that the slow world building won't be eradicated though because we are completely changing arena's, but we will see! I have my fingers crossed!
At least I know to push through the slowness because I'll probably have an exciting ending waiting for me!
Note on the epilogue: I really appreciate when an author ties of a book well, especially when it's part of a series: I don't want to be left completely hanging having no closure at the end of a book. This book did sum up really well though, it had a conclusion, this chapter ended. The epilogue gave the perfect twist though, absolutely unexpected and brilliant. View all 12 comments.
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