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, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385737944
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y DASHNER, J


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#3. A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2020.

#2. A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2019.

A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 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

This title was a Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2017.

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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.

Jan 08, 2021

The Maze Runner is a suspenseful dystopian novel by James Dashner about a teenage boy named Thomas who must fight for his friends' lives, even if it means losing his own. He wakes up in a box in a strange place, with no memory of how he got there, or even his own name! He and his fellow Gladers must fight to survive in an epic battle between themselves, a maze filled with deadly Grievers, and an unknown organization watching their every move. I loved this book because the author includes the perfect amount of conflict, skillful imagery, and the central topics of teamwork and friendship to create a classic you could read a hundred times over.

Dec 27, 2020

I am absolutely obsessed with this series. I love that there is the bit of mystery that the reader can’t solve all the way before the answer is revealed to the protagonist. That is my main problem with some mystery books, it can be too obvious and then it gets boring. I also love how many layers each of the characters have and those layers just keep building as the series goes on. I highly recommend this book and every other book in the series.

Dec 15, 2020

The main character, Thomas, wakes up in a box which is placed in an unknown world called the Glade. In this mystery world, everyone’s memories are lost, so the only thing that they can do is survive with what they have. Around the Glade is a maze in which citizens of the society run, every day to try to explore the unknown. The one constant thing about all of the people is that they are all boys, but one day, the day after Thomas arrives, a girl shows up and disrupts everything. Thomas amongst his fellow Gladers make a desperate leap at escaping and finally making it into the real, unforgiving world.
This thrilling book is replete with exciting situations that are completely unpredictable. This book kept me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The Maze Runner illustrates the obstacles that young children must go through navigating through the unknown maze. I definitely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to anyone who loves a thrilling book.
- Age Rating: 13+

Dec 10, 2020

I liked how the author introduces the setting of this book, and how he describes the story from the point of view of something who doesn’t have a memory of anything before waking up. I also loved that there was a lot of action in the book as Thomas faces threats both inside and outside of The Glade, and how suspenseful parts of the books were. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fictional books about a dystopian world.

Nov 19, 2020

The first book of the Maze Runner trilogy starts with a boy named Thomas who is taken to the Glade in an elevator and has no memory of his past life. Other teenage and young adult boys were previously dropped off there as well with no memory of their past lives. The Glade is located in the middle of a large, intricate, and complicated maze. All the boys live within the Glade and the large walls of the Glade close every night to protect Gladers from the monsters(Grievers) living within the maze. The Glade is divided into four parts: Homestead (dorms and kitchen), Gardens (where crops are grown), Bloodhouse (where cattle is raised and slaughtered), and Deadheads (where dead Gladers are buried). Each Glader has a job in either of these four sections except for runners. Runners are Gladers who go out and explore the maze trying to find a way out. New paths from the maze that runners discover are mapped and saved. Thomas soon decides to become a runner. He then later finds out how the Gladers can escape the maze when he is attacked by a Griever.
What I like about this book is the setting of the novel. I think the setup of the Glade and maze was very creative and unique. The description of the effects of a Griever attack is very interesting as well. What I dislike about this novel is that I don’t believe that there is enough background information on the Glade and the maze. I also think there should have been more background information on the origin of the other main characters apart from Thomas and Newt.

Sep 28, 2020

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up inside an elevator with no memory. He finds himself surrounded by adolescent boys, and is told that he is inside the Glade, a place inhabited by boys just like him. None of them have any memory of their pasts, and their only interaction with the world is the supplies that are sent to them once a week and the new boy sent every month. He is shown around by the leaders, Alby and Newt. Every person has a job in the Glade, working hard to keep the civilization running. Thomas is immediately fascinated by the Maze, an ever changing labyrinth that changes every day. Everything is normal in the Glade until the next day, when the first ever girl arrives in the elevator in a coma. Things rapidly start to change in the Glade, and the Gladers find themselves hurrying to solve the Maze and escape before it is too late.
One important part of the story is Thomas’s experience inside the Maze for one night. He enters in a desperate attempt to save Alby and a Runner named Minho, but only ends up being trapped with them overnight. Though Minho is the experienced one expected to save them all, Thomas ends up keeping his cool and never abandons a disabled Alby. This event shows a lot about Thomas’s character. He is shown to be a leader who never loses hope, as well as a loyal friend. These characteristics are important to remember later in the book when they are put to the test. Thomas’s connection with Teresa, the only girl in the Glade, is also well thought out by Dashner. Thomas is able to communicate with her telepathically, and Teresa tells him that they knew each other before the Glade. Thomas slowly recovering his memory is a constant part of the story, and it adds intrigue as it is impossible to guess what will be uncovered next. The Maze Runner is a great book and will soon become a new favorite.

Aug 24, 2020

Thomas wakes up in an elevator, with no memories other than that of his name. When the elevator reaches the surface, he finds out about the Glade, a place that is like Earth. At one end of the Glade is a maze, which is rumored to have a way out of the Glade and back to the real world. When one day, a girl comes into the Glade with a threat in the elevator with her, the urgency to find this exit becomes a matter of life and death for the Glade’s residents.

This book is similar to the Hunger Games series, in that the theme is survival. It starts off a bit slow, but begins becoming more and more faster paced as the book goes on. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sci-fi book to read.

Aug 18, 2020

The Maze Runner is the first book in the Maze Runner series. It's okay like it starts off slow but it gets better near the end. It's just not my favorite book in the series.

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.

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Dec 10, 2020

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

Nov 19, 2020

Shreeya_Amin thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Sep 28, 2020

samvar thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 30, 2020

GreenNinjaGirl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 14, 2020

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Jul 01, 2020

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Jan 31, 2020

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Jan 17, 2020

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Jul 19, 2019

navy_wolf_536 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 25

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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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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.

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.

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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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