The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Book - 2009
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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
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385737944
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 22 cm


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cooking_girl Oct 06, 2014

This book took me by surprise as I am not really into Science Fiction. I was really impressed with the content of the book, as well as the storyline. It had me hooked from beginning to end!

annmstaff Nov 01, 2012

The first of the trilogy, The Maze Runner leads into the reason for why a group of teenagers are stuck in a large, unsolvable maze called the Glade. Thomas, the main character and hero of the story, has no memory of his past life when he wakes up one day in the Glade. What he doesn't know is that... Read More »

BakerStreetIrregular Feb 26, 2011

This book was truly amazing and original. I typically don't like books about dystopian societies but this one got me hooked right away. I read it in almost one sitting and once I finished it I could hardly wait to read the next title in the series. The characters were well thought out and felt... Read More »

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Nov 02, 2018

Thomas wakes up in an elevator bringing him up to Glade. He lost his memory the only thing he can remember is what his name is. He is surrounded by the maze and the maze changes every day and the maze is the only way out. I feel that this book is amazing and terrifying. Thomas was getting chased by a griever and he had to dodge it. I have not read any other book from this author, but I would think that they would be very good. I would recommend this book for people that like science fiction books. People that like adventurous, terrifying, and mysterious books would also like this book. I would not recommend this book to kids under 10. People that like puzzles and mazes would like this book to try to figure out how the maze works.

When Thomas wakes up inside an elevator shaft, he remembers nothing except his name. Soon the elevator doors open, and Thomas quickly finds himself immersed in the world of the Glade, an enclosed space populated entirely by boys who share a single goal: to escape. However, the day after Thomas’ arrival, a girl appears in the Glade, holding a note: “This is the last one. Ever.” As life in the Glade begins to unravel, finding a way out becomes more important than ever. Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, The Maze Runner is the first of a trilogy for young adults, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book, The Scorch Trials! (submitted by AA)

Oct 14, 2018

I have not read this book yet but i have watched all the movies and they are really good. My sister has read all the books and she's watched all the movies. She said that the books were better because they missed out on alot of Newt scenes.

Jul 26, 2018

Well written and plot heavy book about abducted teens who are forced into and experiment that may or may not save mankind

Jul 24, 2018

Slow Start!! No way!! This is one of the greatest books on planet earth!!!!!! I could put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 02, 2018



DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

Stuck in the maze, had to be brave, up the wall, to take a fall. Trapped in the maze, W.C.K.D in power, working together to find the cure. Killing teens for the sake of "saving" people from the flare.
Reviewed by Eliza, a Teen Library Council member

Jan 02, 2018

really good book

Jan 02, 2018

pretty good book.

Jan 02, 2018

Really great book, with just the right amount of mystery, suspense, adventure, action, and, unfortunately, heartache/death. While some may say it has a slow start, I think it works for this tale, and gives the reader time to learn characters names and such.
I'll admit that it is rather confusing in the beginning, however, I think the author, James Dashner, wants you to feel that way, so you relate to the main character, Thomas. There is new vocabulary and slang, different places, and rules that Thomas feels restricting that are all new to the reader, but you understand it after a bit.
I'd recommend it for +11, maybe younger/older depending on the reader and what they like/have been exposed to.

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Jul 26, 2018

rlpalombo thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 30

green_alligator_7736 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

Jun 06, 2017

brinsara4 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 12

blue_dolphin_4971 Jan 18, 2017

blue_dolphin_4971 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 1

Jan 14, 2017

pink_dolphin_1058 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Nov 02, 2016

green_eagle_920 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

Oct 08, 2016

black_pony_62 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Aug 23, 2016

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Jul 13, 2016

Sudhansh thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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May 19, 2016

Peter Salmon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

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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)

Feb 22, 2016

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

Nov 11, 2015

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

Nov 11, 2015

“Don’t do it, Tommy! Don’t you bloody do it!" - Newt ( my fave character)

Aug 17, 2015

u run through a maze and den deres monsta

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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.

Jun 11, 2015


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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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