The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Audiobook CD - 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 : Listening Library, p2009
ISBN: 9780307582881
0307582884
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 hrs., 50 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark

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BigBooks000
Apr 10, 2017

This book is the first book in the Maze Runner series. It had me wondering what would happen next. I can't wait to start reading the next book! I loved it and recommend it to those who love SciFi and Fantasy books.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 30, 2016

The Maze Runner is the first book of the Maze Runner series. The story follows Thomas, a boy who has lost his memory and is trapped within a maze with a group of boys who have been living there for up to two years. Thomas must help the boys (known as the Gladers) uncover the mystery of the maze and plan their escape. The story is enjoyable and does a great job of barely giving the reader enough information as they need to know, creating mystery. The pacing is enough to keep you reading for long periods of time as every chapter is either trickling down more information or some other exciting development occurs. The story of an amnesiac waking up not knowing anything about the situation they have been thrust into is fairly overdone, but The Maze Runner manages to pull it off in a way that seems original and interesting. A great start to a potentially great series. 4/5 stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The movie actually freaked my brother and I out a lot more than the book did. The whole deal with those monsters/grievers was very gross and unappealing to imagine. I would definitely recommend the books more than the movies for younger readers. When I read this, I was a lot younger and didn't pay attention completely to the books I read. This leads me now to have forgotten so much about series I have previously read, including this one. But my favourite characters would probably be Minho, Teresa, and Chuck. Well, maybe not throughout the whole series but at least in this book. The survival is intense though! 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Russ_A
Aug 05, 2016

Let’s start with the most important: this is book 1 in a series. This book has no ending. Do not start unless you’re prepared to keep on in the series. The copy I pulled off the library shelf gives no warning of this. Nothing on the CD box cover or back says anything about it being book 1 or part of a series. I was very upset when I got to the end with nothing resolved. Until then I was wondering whether to give it four stars or five in my review. Now I can barely squeeze out three. There’s nothing wrong with a series, but in my opinion, every book in a series should be a complete story in itself. No reader should be left hanging at the end of a book.

That said, the book is well-written and suspenseful. The main character, Thomas, is a teenage boy who finds himself thrust into a strange place called The Glade populated with other teenage boys. He, like the others, has no memory of his prior life. The Gladers have a strange jargon and seemingly only one mission: to solve the Maze. Every day runners go out into an enormous maze whose walls change daily, looking for a way out. Others stay in the Glade growing crops, cleaning, cooking, and so forth. Weekly supplies arrive via a mysterious elevator. A new boy arrives once a month the same way. The maze fills with fearsome and deadly creatures called grievers at night, and sometimes during the day. Soon after Thomas arrives things begin to change. He survives a night in the maze. A teenage girl, the only girl ever, arrives via the elevator only a day or two after Thomas. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, although the story arc is pretty predictable (other than the fact it doesn’t resolve).

Our library has a Young Adult (YA) section, and even a separate sci-fi subsection within it. I never take anything marked YA. Yet I think this book must have been written for that demographic. All the characters are teens. There is sexual tension between Thomas and the girl, but no actual sex. All the cursing has been bowdlerized into Glade jargon. Now that I know it’s a series, I have no doubt it was conceived as a formulaic copy of The Hunger Games trilogy, only for boys. Teenagers fighting for survival against mysterious forces of evil. So it’s mislabeled both in failing to alert you that it’s a series and also that it’s aimed at the teen reader. Hmmph.

The jargon is well-conceived and works well. Shucking, shanks, “good that.” It seems natural without sounding obscene or crude. However, the level of death, gore, violence, and torture seems extreme for the teen market. Even for an adult audience it seems gratuitously excessive to me. I’m not interested in reading more of it and won’t be finishing the series, nor, as I gather from some editions, watch the movie which I see is available as a Blu-ray disc.

I listened to the CD version. The reader is excellent. He has a nice voice, can act, and does several accents credibly. The story is quite engaging and will keep you reading or listening, but just be prepared for the story to suddenly stop (or be prepared to find the next in the series.)

Very good book. I love the spotlight it gives to technology... better than maybe "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games". I also love how passionate Mark Deakins reads. I only wish James Dashner wrote this from the first person, it'd be more personal to Thomas.

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Daj_O
Nov 29, 2015

Completely derivative. Think Hogwart's moving stairs mixed with Mockingjay's teen battles. Characters engaged in lots of running around but the plot moves slowly through many pages.

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chrismcd1
Aug 15, 2015

this book is amazing has action, a bit of romance, drama, adventure!!! Definitely one of my fav's
_hannah

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anson2004
Oct 04, 2014

the most scaryest movie i ever watched

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aimstowin09
Jul 24, 2014

i uh kinda cried at a part idk if its in this book or the next but ya... i cried

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nimradar123
Jul 06, 2012

Everyone says its pretty god but i found it really confusing and dry. I couldnt really imagine the setting very well. Didnt finish it was so confusing i didnt like it #imagineteencontest

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xippidee
Jan 16, 2011

This could be one of my new favorite books. The storyline moves along steadily without rushing and the main characters are developed enough to make me care what happens to them, but not as well developed as the characters in Ender's Game, which is one of the author's cited inspirations. Overall, I think Dashner has a way to go before he attains the depth found in Card's writing, but it was definitely a fun read with a little bit of suspense thrown in.

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