The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

James Dashner

Book 1.0 of The Maze Runner

Language: English

Publisher: Chicken House

Published: Jul 16, 2012

Words: 101667
Pages: 383


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. ** ### From School Library Journal Grade 6–10—Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "the glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys. Thomas is a likable protagonist who uses the information available to him and his relationships (including his ties to the girl, Teresa) to lead the Gladers. Unfortunately, the question of whether the teens will escape the maze is answered 30 pages before the book ends, and the intervening chapter loses momentum. The epilogue, which would be deliciously creepy coming immediately after the plot resolves, fails to pack a punch as a result. That said, *The Maze Runner* has a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau's *The City of Ember* (Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.—*Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH* END ### Review **Praise for the Maze Runner series:** **A #1 *New York Times* Bestselling Series** **A *USA Today* Bestseller** **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*.**"— “Wonderful action writing**—fast-paced**…but smart and well observed.”**—***Newsday* “[A] **nail-biting** must-read.”**—** “Breathless, **cinematic action.**”—*Publishers Weekly* “**Heart pounding** to the very last moment.”—*Kirkus Reviews* “**Exclamation-worthy.**”—*Romantic Times* [**STAR**] “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*, Starred "**Take a deep breath before you start** any James Dashner book."-*Deseret News*