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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.
The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.
Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat Mortality Doctrine series!
Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A number one New York Times Best-Selling Series
A USA Today Best Seller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost." (EW.com)
"Wonderful action writing - fast-paced...but smart and well observed." (Newsday)
"[A] nail-biting must-read." (Seventeen.com)
"Breathless, cinematic action." (Publishers Weekly)
"Heart pounding to the very last moment." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Exclamation-worthy." (Romantic Times)
"James Dashner's illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series." (Shelf Awareness)
"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." (Deseret News)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Darrin on 11-28-11
Good book, though a little long
I listened to this book on a long car trip with my wife and two kids (boy 12 and girl 10). We felt the story started quickly enough, and within 30 minutes all of us were into it (except my wife --- more on that later). There were parts of the story that were too intense for my daughter, who asked us to turn it off a couple of times because she was getting scared. She is a very mature 10 year old, so I would say 10 is the absolute low end of ages for which this book might be appropriate. In retrospect, I wish I had picked another book for her.
The performance was good. The reading was lively enough to keep us interested for a long book. His voices for the characters were also nice, except that his voice for the one female character sounded more like baby talk than a 16 year old girl. Additionally, sometimes the perfomer's voice didn't match the excitement in the story. Overall, though, the performance didn't detract from the book.
While overall we liked this book very much, parts of the book seemed to drag on without advancing the plot quite enough, and the ending was not quite up to the same quality as the rest of the book. Except for that, it would've been 5 stars.
As an aside, my wife didn't listen to the first 2.5 hours of the book. After a 2 minute catch up from my son, she was able to jump right in to the book after that time without really missing anything.
37 of 43 people found this review helpful
By Word Nerd on 11-28-10
It started out a little slow. Thomas was confused, the gladers were confused, I was confused. A lot of questions that no one would answer -- and that was a little frustrating. However, once the clues started to emerge and Thomas began getting bits and pieces of his memory back, my curiosity was on fire. I had a hard time putting my MP3 player down. I went everywhere with it, listening to the Maze Runner, hoping the mystery would reveal itself. These poor kids never got a break. That means I never got a break. And when it was all over, I was exhausted. That is the sign of a successful storyline. I immediately downloaded the Scorch Trials. I hope there's a 3rd book soon.
44 of 53 people found this review helpful