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Publisher's Summary

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
©2009 James Dashner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Annique Smith on 02-16-17


I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The narrator made each character unique and interesting. I couldn't stop listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) on 02-20-15

Fast-paced Dystopian

When Thomas arrives in the Glade, he remembers nothing but his name. He knows nothing about how he got into this little community or his life preceding his arrival. And yet the little Glade where his fellow Gladers have been living for the past two years seems oddly familiar. Then things start changing and the self-sufficient community is plunged into terror, with Thomas at the centre. Now, more than ever, the Gladers know they must escape the treacherous maze or face death. But can they overcome their suspicions and hold onto hope long enough to find a way out?

It’s been a while since a dystopian novel had me on the edge of my seat the way ‘The Maze Runner’ did. James Dashner has clearly mastered the art of suspense and pace, revealing just enough to keep you wanting more and throwing in wondrous plot-twists and red herrings along the way.

Each character was expertly created with his own flair and quirks. I would have liked to get to know Teresa’s character more, but I sense this will come in later installments int he series. The dynamics between the characters was fascinating, most especially their reactions under extremely stressful conditions. The fantasy world created was detailed and yet mysterious, as befitting the story. The story line was unique, thrilling, scary, exciting and heart-warming.

The premise is probably one of the most gripping I’ve ever considered. It’s one any national geographic or dystopian lover must have thought about at some time and Dashner’s unique take opens many more trains of thought. His perspective on humanity, the lack thereof and reaction under pressure is eye-opening, to say the least. I cannot wait to read the next book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Crawford on 02-15-16


I really enjoyed the whole Maze Runner series. The first book was a little slow to get going but once in, I was hooked.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs A on 07-22-14


The story started a little slow and I was wondering where it was going, but after listening to about 1 hour, I just couldnt stop! GREAt tale! Great story and it kept my interest - without giving anything away - - - the ending is gripping!!
Highly reccomend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paulie on 09-20-14

Where were these amazing books when I was young?

Where does The Maze Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably one of my favourite audiobook/ trilogies that I've read to date. I know there are lot of great classics that preceded this influx of dystopian/Sci-fi genre and they were amazing, but books at this calibre (YA) were very few and far between in the 80's and not widely available to read en masse like today.I'm well into my 40s now and backtracking to read all of these incredible novel's, and regardless of what other people think, this trilogy in particular is very smart, intelligent and extremely well written. Once I finish one lot I will find another one, but the maze Runner trilogy, is still to date, my favourite in this (YA genre) including audiobooks. There is a lot of trash out there but to me these were exceptional and really stood out. I will admit though the made up language annoyed me but I understand why it was done. Very nicely written James Dashner

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favourite?

I think he was excellent, I was initially concerned to be honest hearing his initial monotone droning, but after 10 minutes oh boy did that all make so much sense as he unleashed all the accents and different characters he bought to life, he was incredible. You had no doubt who was who! As in which character was clearly speaking while he was reading, you didn't even have to think. You seriously need him to start reading more books, out of all the books I've listened to not a single other reader that I've heard yet can do this to his standard.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes a lot actually, that's why I find these books so incredibly amazing. They're described as young adult, dystopian, Sci-fi, whatever genre I suppose you have to to put them into, some kind of category, but the Lord of the Flies was not considered a young adult novel and neither should these.

Any additional comments?

This review is for the entire trilogy. If you're halfway through the first book and loving it, just get all of them. Book 2 "The Scorch Trials", is also amazing and the book 3, "Death Cure", is the fastest paced book of them all, don't forget to put your seatbelt on. Enjoy

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kobi on 11-29-14

a Hitchcock book.

I intended to listen to this book casually before I went to see the movie. But I found it extremely intense because it was full of questions, and you are kept on the edge of your seat as it unfolds. it was full of suspense, it's not overly complicated in language or profound in the way some books are, it's just enjoyable. And I plan to it listen again.

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