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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) (The Maze Runner Series) Audio CD – August 4, 2015
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"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen
“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
[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
About the Author
James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.
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I see a lot of reviews talking about how the characters were without personality, boring, unreadable, flat. In some ways I do understand the frustration. At times it's near impossible to read what is going on exactly, BUT I think I've found purpose to what so many deem madness. I mean, these are kids who woke up in a strange place with no memory of who they are, where they came from. To top it all off, they're trapped in a maze crawling with monsters at night. And no matter how much they try to escape, they can't. They have lived in a place with no idea of what they were, who they were supposed to be, or what they ARE supposed to be now. For me, it would only make sense for a stagnant environment to produce stagnation in the people occupying it. I know that may be reaching a little bit - but it's what has helped me to manage through the book with a peaked interest.
I couldn't put the novel down. Overall, I find the concept of the story good. And despite the blank slates of many characters, they are still fairly likable (except for Alby. Book Alby worked my absolute last nerve. He was a complete 360 from his movie self and I have never hated a character so much so quickly. I disliked him more than Gally >:( ). All in all, the movie made me want to dive directly into The Scorch Trials, so it definitely did something right. Honestly, I think the biggest issue that most people can agree with is the lack of personality in the characters. But in my perspective, I can kind of make it work in my head! I look forward to continuing these books.
Hmm, okay, have you ever played Monkey in the Middle? Well, imagine you are the monkey in the middle, you have Thomas (the lead character) on one end, and James Dashner (the author) on the other end. Okay, now imagine James Dashner holding a mysterious black velvet drawstring which holds all the answers you are dying to get your hands on. Okay, now picture Thomas and Dashner cackling as they toss the drawstring back and forth over your head. At first, you chuckle and say something like, "Oh, come on guys," then 30 chapters later, while they continue to play their silly game, you give up on the attempt to intercept the drawstring, and crossing your arms you say something like, "Okay, this is getting really annoying."
Finally, after 60 chapters, you decide to walk up to Dashner and rashly kick him right on the chin and you shout, "ENOUGH!" And in your disgraceful moment of defeat and frustration, Dashner "thoughtfully" hands over the black velvet drawstring, so as to say, "All right, I'm sorry." You gasp, and then squeal, AT LAST! YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS! You fall to your knees and madly begin to open up the black velvet drawstring, "This is it! This is it!" you exclaim to yourself, only to uncover....complete and utter darkness; yep, nothing. The bag was empty the entire time.
Then, as your gaze moves steadily up at Dashner, you take notice that he is frowning, and smiling, and laughing all while staring at Thomas, who is responding in the same manner. And then it hits you, they are able to converse telepathically! What in the world!? Argh!
So you get up, take a deep breath, sweep whatever Dashner dust-bunnies have settled onto your jeans and shoulders, and begin to walk away from their wicked scheme; who needs those guys anyway? Rude! But just as you are storming off, Dashner runs up to you, laughing irritatingly while trying to catch his breath and says, "Okay, okay," his arms up in surrender, "I'm done, here take this, you'll want to read this," and just like that, he walks over to Thomas (who is laughing hysterically by the way), they pat themselves on the back, as to congratulate each other, and they walk away.
You shake your head in utter confusion and look down at the single sheet of paper resting on the palm of your hand, you unfold it, it's an epilogue. The best darn thing Dashner wrote in the entire book!
Top international reviews
Thomas Wakes up in an elevator with no memory other than his name, when the elevator doors finally open he finds himself among many other teenagers in a vast glade.
The glade is at the centre of a massive maze hundreds of feet high and made of stone, the other teens (known as gladers) have been trying to escape through the maze for two years without ANY success, for inside the maze are horrors that i won't describe here. You will have to read this excellent book to understand what i mean.
This novel is supposed to be for teenage readers, i am 52 years old and i really enjoyed it. I give it a very well deserved 5 stars.
Please read in this order:
1. maze runner , 2. scorch trials , 3. death cure , 4. kill order , 5. fever code
U might find the the 3rd and 4th a little bit boring but continue to read to start the best book of the series ,the last one
When I started this book, I was extremely excited because I had heard good things about it and was told that if I was a fan of the hunger games then this book would be right up my street. I was imagining it to be an amazing dystopian book that would have me gripped from page one. But after the first 100 pages I realised that I had too high expectations and unfortunately it was not looking up to it. Which is why this book has me so conflicted on what to rate it because at some points I love it and at others I don't.
Yet there are still many things that I did like about this book. I liked the mystery and the concept that surrounds the series. But then I didn't like how drawn out it was in the first part. I felt that there wasn't any important action happening until the middle-end of the book, so I was constantly urging myself to keep at it.
The second half of the book is when I started to really enjoy it. I started to get the gripped feeling, where you cannot put the book down because you just had to know what happens. The pace became fast moving and the mystery and action started to get bigger and better, which was not seen in the first part. I just loved the twist at the end. I did not expect it and it is all this that making me what to continue on with the series.
Another thing I did like was some of the characters, not all of them but some. Some characters I absolutely adored (Chuck and Newt) but others I was just so uninterested in. I just felt that I had no clue as to what was happening so I couldn't connect with the characters like I wanted to. Yet I loved the subtle loyalty and friendship Newt offered and the vulnerability of Chuck, that just made me what to kiss them and cheer at the little things they did.
Overall, as a book there were so many things that had me going back and forth on whether I loved it or hated it. I loved the plot, the pacing of the second half of the book and some of the characters. But then I hated the pacing at the beginning of the book and was completely confused as to what was going on due to the writing style and confusion the characters themselves were going through. This is ultimately why the rating is 3.5, because what I loved about the book happened in the second half. While at the beginning I was constantly urging myself to just stick with it and not give up, at the end I just couldn't put it down and was thoroughly gripped.
They don’t know much, but still work as a unit to survive and try and find a safe way out. Thomas becomes an instant threat, he is different. There is something that makes the other boys suspicious and nothing he can do can change their minds, especially when things stop working and the end of their existence looms just over the horizon.
I was looking forward to this book. Yes it is another young adult read and yes, it is about a group of children, but I surprised myself when I quickly thought I couldn’t read anymore about kids trying to survive against the odds. Everything had such a familiar feel to it that I just wanted to finish it. There was nothing wrong with the writing style, it flowed well, read at a nice pace but I didn’t feel it, didn’t really care what happened to Thomas or his friends. You knew where it was going, only not how many would die trying to escape.
The Maze Runner: is book 1 out of three, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure are the follow up novels.
Details: 371 pages, 62 chapters. Written in third person narrative, easy to read (both the language and writing style.)
Don't worry James Dashner I didn't intend on sleeping at night anyway ;)
Review: Right lets get too it! As you can probably guess I utterly adore this first novel. The book is a real page turner with multiple cliffhangers, surprises and mental challenges that the reader can join along with Thomas (main character.) Moreover, I believe the book was very evenly paced throughout with every paragraph having an actual purpose. (What I mean is that sometimes authors can over - describe the physical appearance of something or a place; and that for anyone, especially me, is partically annoying. But Dashner manages to avoid this! YAY!)
Beautiful story, well plotted. However (here comes the bad / negative point) I felt that maybe some things were a little too obvious, like I saw the 'twist' coming a mile off. Like the promises Tom makes, and the sign on the wall in the Maze were easily solved in my head before the character in the book came to the same realisation. Although in saming that, this might just be because I've read far too many books in my lifetime for saying that I'm barely 16 - all of the the same genre of futuristic / fantasy.
Overall, I stand by the 5/5 stars - because the book itself is truly compelling, it kept me up until all hours of the night and early morning. Highly recommend to anyone that loves reading books that are out of the ordinary, futuristic, with complicated plot twists. Praise to James Dasher and looking forward to the approval of a movie...
Usually I find male characters who narrate books annoying and I can never get into them, but I loved Thomas' character. He had a good sense of humour and was very selfless and put others before himself - he was definitely was one of my favourite characters. My second favourite character was Minho, the 'Keeper' of the runners. Even though he was a bit of a defeatist at times, I thought his character was really refreshing and funny. He was one of the boys that took Thomas by his word and believed the things he said.
As for the storyline in general, I found it amazing - it's so original! I've never read anything like this before. One thing that did annoy me at the first of the book, is the 'lingo' that the boys use throughout the book. Words like 'Shank' and 'Klunk', they drove me insane for the first 150 pages, but after that, I grew used to it and it just became second nature for the boys to be using the words constantly.
I loved this book - it's as simple as that. The reason why I only gave it 4/5 stars is because it took me well over 70 pages to actually get into it - but when I did, I couldn't put it down! Something I found funny about the way I was reading this book, was that whenever there was dialogue, I found myself reading the speech in a Scottish accent. Weird, right?
James Dashner's writing is amazing and pretty much flawless. He created such strong and interesting characters and such an amazing and interesting world. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in this trilogy, The Scorch Trials - I have a feeling it will be just as amazing as the first book. :)
The Rating Breakdown
Enjoyment: 5/5 This was a fascinating read. There were lots of badass moments and thrilling and suspense scenes.
Writing Style: 3/5 Lots of telling instead of showing.
Concept: 5/5 This was new to me and was totally different from what we typically see in dystopian novels.
Characters: 5/5 Great characters. Their conversations felt normal and real and matched their age.
Plot: 5/5 One of the most exciting plots. Full of action and intriguing moments
I watched the movie before purchasing The Maze Runner excitedly. I enjoyed the book as much as I did the movie.
The plot was intriguing and kept me reading. It was fast paced and filled with a lot of action and cliffhanger moments. In fact, I could barely put down this book after reading the first chapter.
The main character, Thomas, was a curious, kind and brave guy. He was everything that the kids living in the Glade needed at that time. The reader gets to join the characters in solving the giant puzzle, which was the mazes. The only thing that I didn't really like about this story was that instead of allowing his readers to feel what Thomas feels, the author chose to tell. He used words such as "frustrated" and "confused" to describe Thomas' feelings, making it hard for the reader to identify with him. However, the great plot made this seem minimal to me. I also liked the characters Minho and Newt. My best character Chuck was unfortunately killed off towards the end of the novel. This was one character that I really cared for.
Overall, I found this book enjoyable, and the plot kept me hooked.
It's definitely in the same vein as The Hunger Games but from a males perspective and there isn't really a big romance part to the book which is a breath of fresh air (although I'm sure in the other books it will occur). My favourite character is Newt, he seems rather witty and made me smile with his dialogue..
It's interesting enough to read if you like dystopia scenery. However I will say it gets a bit tedious because you don't necessarily find out who the is enemy right up until the end and this results in the first half of the book being pretty slow. I'm also not really a fan of the Grievers since it seems impossible to imagine what they look like, I decided to just pretend they were Darleks from Dr Who, but I think it would have been scarier if they were to look half human half ox. Another thing that irritated me was that it doesn't mention whether they're British, American or other? As I read the conversations it seemed to me as if they were British but I was unsure.
Overall, I recommend giving it a shot, seeing as the film will be released this September perhaps you should wait until august to read the book and then have visual aid with the film. The casting looks to be pretty perfect for the characters (especially Teresa)
Firstly, I loved that we were seeing it from a boys perspective for a change rather than the 'badass girl' angle which is so overused.
Secondly, the romantic element of the book did not over power the story in anyway. In fact it was barely there, you have an idea that Thomas and Teresa were (are) close but the exploration of their romance is so subtle and a backing to the bigger questions.
The latter of that leads me to the final point, the unknown mysteries of the maze and the glade. I just loved that you had no idea, that they did not have any idea. I could truly visualise the confusion because I felt it too. The bond these boys made and how they formed a working community was very impressive.
Although intially concerned that being an older reader I would be reading about young boys, this quickly disappeared when you see the maturity of how they handle their situation, probably better than many adults could.
The book became so good that I couldn't put it down! I'd recommend you to read it, but just be patient; you need to get to about 30% through the book first.
I can't wait to read the next few books in the series! :)
It was interesting enough for me to want to finish the book but not interesting enough for me to bother spending more money buying the next two.
It was just far too unrealistic. Now, I know the novels it is compared to are fantasy novels. However, I can absolutely picture a world where those things happen and that's how the world and everything in it looks. That is the beauty of the writing, no matter how fantastical I can see it all.
This veered off so much into unrealistic I cannot imagine or picture it. The grievers? Beast like, machine like things with needles and pincers and rolling around and they can climb and kill you but mainly just inject you with a substance that makes you remember things? Sorry, can't see it. Can't even conjure up a picture, and that for me ruins the beauty of a book.
When reading any story I want to become absorbed in it. Feel the way the writer wants me to, see what the writer envisions. With this I read the words without doing that.
There are some twists that compel you to read on, which is why it got 2 stars.