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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


10 thoughts on “The Maze Runner

  1. says:

    This book was recommended for fans of the Hunger Games series a series that has become one of my favorites I began The Maze Runner excitedly hoping for an eually enjoyable dystopian adventure I didn't find itThe plot was intriguing and kept me reading; in fact it was probably the only reason why I kept reading Some writers are able to seamlessly integrate characterization and good writing with a fast moving plot; James Dashner is not one of them The pacing is strange and Dashner's use of cliches became very irritatingThe main character Thomas was annoying Rather than allowing his readers to feel what Thomas feels Dashner chooses to tell We are told many times how frustrated and confused Thomas is but we can't identify with him Some of the supporting characters such as Minho and Newt could be interesting but they remain secondary to Thomas In addition I was frustrated with the character Teresa Teresa is the only female main character; instead of making her an intriguing powerful female she is christened with flimsy adjectives such as very pretty and smart becoming yet another 1 dimensional character I realize that this is a plot driven story and not a character driven one but I would hope that the characters would at least be appealing to the readerCriticism aside I found the book enjoyable and the plot kept me hooked I felt that the epilogue was well written and I might seek out the rest of the series when it is published Ultimately it's unfortunate that Dashner's poor writing takes away from a good story line; in the hands of a writing master I believe that The Maze Runner could have been something extraordinary255EDIT More than a year later I have not procured any other books in the series nor do I intend to Personally speaking this is one series better left alone


  2. says:

    This book would have been great IF1 the characters had some personality2 the main character Thomas weren't such a Gary Stu and showed some character development and growth instead of conveniently remembering important information to advance the plot3 the book weren't filled with atrocious made up slang shuck face really is this supposed to be cool?4 the villains Grievers were actually scary or dangerous5 the maze had some kind of mystery about it and not limited to moving walls and un threatening prickly Grievers6 the plot weren't based on constant withholding of information by everyone and releasing it 200 pages later than it should have been7 the smartest of the smartest kids actually did something smart and uncovered some mysteries of the maze during the 2 years spent there8 the death of main characters evoked any feeling in readers9 the book weren't so slow moving thanks to constant withholding of info and BORINGIn the present form The Maze Runner deserves nothing than an OK rating for moderately interesting premise The hype and comparisons to The Hunger Games are unwarranted


  3. says:

    You know how sometimes you're running really fast from a horrible creature and in a moment of panic you turn around to see how close it is only to run straight into a brick wall?No?I don't know what that's like either But that inattention to detail would probably totally screw you over because a now you're knocked unconscious and b the creature is going to devour you Good jobI guess this is kind of like Lot's wife looking back on Sodom only to be turned into a pillar of salt And it is also kind of like reading The Maze Runner Stick with me The first half of James Dashner's The Maze Runner maintains a superbly frantic pace Thomas our empty shell of a protagonist is thrust via the Box into a curious and unfriendly world populated by dozens of teenage boys He remembers nothing and the boys are uncooperative refusing to reveal any details regarding their home the Glade The Glade is surrounded by stupendously tall walls outside of which lays the Maze During the day the Maze is kinda sorta safe But at night the Grievers emerge These are half slughalf woodshop tools that enjoy slicing and dicing apart anyone unfortunate to encounter them They can also sting you which causes much mayhem and reuires the administering of Grief Serum which triggers the Changing SIDEBARWhat Is It With Authors Of Dystopian Novels Capitalizing Really Important Words? It's Annoying Find A New Stylistic Approach That I Can Later Become Exasperated WithAnyway Thomas' situation is bleak made bleaker when a number of unfortunate coincidences causes him to bear witness to some truly awful acts of violence Let's just say one untrustworthy soul is unwittingly tossed into the Maze at night and then a girl not a boy suspiciously arrives the day after Thomas All of this despite the Unnecessary Capitalization and the boys using completely pointless terminology like klunk and shuckface is totally kitty fantastico The constant psychological mystery keeps nagging doubts at bay and the variety of personalities that populate the Glade is totally believable They talk like teenagers they generally act like teenagers and they form cliues and factions the way teenagers would From here on I'm covering up spoilers even though I think they're total nonsense and hilariously awful And because I advise you not to read this book you should click them Just keeping the haters at bayThen Thomas view spoilerspends a night in hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Latest BookTube Video is up a totally serious take on writing Young Adult Lit Here's the Written Review To Summarize Wellllllthat was convenientThomas wakes up in the middle of a glen in the center a enormous maze He along with all of the other guys in there have no memory of life outside of the mazeAbsolutely blank slates the lot of themwellllmostlyTheir entire lives were conveniently erased just enough so they'd have language motor skills and just enough memory to understand irrigationfarming but nothing of their personal lives Every month a newcomer arrives to the Glade After a brief orientation they are sorted into a job and society continues The day after Thomas arrives a girl Theresa comes for the first time ever Thomas and Theresa know each other but they don't remember how or why All they have is a cryptic message WICKED is good and a sinking feeling that they are responsible for this whole mess After all this is YA lit thus the main form of motivation has to be I justfeel like I need to save everyone To redeem myself Anyway the gladers Thomas and Theresa spend their time mapping the maze surviving the wilds andnot much else I suppose they invent their own slang which gets a bit annoying after the first twenty pages “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world” and “I've been shucked and gone to heaven” Besides that bit literary genius this book wasn't too bad The adventure and intrigue of the maze was than enough to keep me entertained That being saidLike most memory absent books there's a bit of an issue with the longer it goes on the less believable it became I mean what are the odds that the main characters always seemed to know just enough for the situation and the rest was conveniently shrouded in shadows? I was rather annoyed with the twist at the end view spoiler Mostly because I'm so fed up with the whole Government secretly knew everything and manipulated every single string to bring this about hide spoiler


  5. says:

    Okay so before I start I want to say somethingI personally hesitated to read this book because I heard too many bad reviews and things about this bookBut let me tell you somethingYeah it has it's problems like the written style but this book has one of the best story plots I have ever read aboutAnd believeonce you get into the bookyou will not care about the writing or anything elseI am seriously so angry I haven't read this book early and even for listening or reading those really bad reviews for this bookI know everyone has their own taste but really I heard things that really discouraged me to read this and they are not trueAnd one last thing before I continue with my reviewthis book is awesome without having instaloveor love at allwithout having nakedness or anything like thatSo if you find this interestingpick it up and decide for yourselfbecause for me is totally worth it “If you ain’t scared you ain’t human” ☆☆☆☆☆48 RUNNY STARS☆☆☆☆☆ You can find the full review and about this book on my blogI admire this bookreally from the first page to the lastI have been waiting for a dystopian like thisThe Maze Runner is a full action pack novel with awesome badass moments and thrilling and suspense scenes “I've been shucked and gone to heaven” The worldthe maze is one of the greatest ideasand it was awesomeThe way it was buildwith sections and everythingthe gladethe griversthey were all so thoughtful and really well madeI also watched the movie and I must say it is a lot similar to the bookand it has visualized my thoughts “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world” The characters were also greatWhat I liked was the conversations they had with each otherThey felt normal and realexactly according to their ageThomas is a great main characterbut I don't know he has a thing for cryingand somehow he seemed weak sometimesNewt was my favorite characterI also liked Teresa and Minho “Shouldn't someone give a pep talk or something? Minho asked pulling Thomas's attention away from AlbyGo ahead Newt repliedMinho nodded and faced the crowd Be careful he said dryly Don't die” The reason why this is not a 5star book for meis because of the writing styleLike a lot of peopleI had a problema minor problem with itIt was annoyingespecially at the beginningAlso annoying were the repeated phrases like the namesand the sentences were somehow short and not very richBut beside that everything was perfect for me “It's kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong” The story follows a boy named Thomas who finds in a unknown placewith unknown boysHe doesn't remember anything beside his nameOthers don't neitherHe learns that he's placed in a mazeand there is no way outat least not found yetAfter his arrivalstrange things start to happenthings that has never happened beforethings that could bring only destruction and deathThere must be a way outand he has to find it “Just follow me and run like your life depends on it Because it does” I highly recommend this book to every reader out thereand as I said don't judge it before reading itFor me it was awesomefor someone is notbut you should try for yourself Pictures from the review are not mine I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr


  6. says:

    if you could edit this book what would you take out?A the words Have you ever had an eight year old kid try to describe to you winning a level of a video game? Have you ever had a middle aged man try to describe to you completing the games section of the New York Times? Did those experiences involve multiple conversations like this“What is the maze?”“Stop asking so many uestions”I have to say that this book was boring than having someone tell you in painful detail about winning a video game or finishing a crossword puzzle It is boring if only for the constant What are you talking about? No I won't tell you This book is astonishingly boring I know that I am predisposed not to like it because there are no female characters no I do not count the leggy blue eyed girlfriend as a female character but really I ask you are there any male characters either? If you say yes then I challenge you to prove it Are Mario and Luigi and Princess Toadstool characters in Mario Kart? What about the ducks in Duck Hunt? Are they characters? We have to draw the line somewhere And I submit to you that there are no characters in this book Or at least there are fewer characters in this book than there are in Duck HuntAlso a couple of things that bothered me throughout 1 What famous scientist was Minho named after? Okay I just googled that and apparently Dashner “purposely” named a few characters after scientists who will supposedly exist in the future Like the only Asian kid in the book Because there are no Asian scientists today that he could name someone after facedesk And like Zart Zart and the Asian kid were not named after scientists double facedesk2 Why can’t the grievers climb over the wall? They obviously can climb But not over the wall? Did I miss this? At first I thought the kids were in some kind of dome but then it seemed like it was just a really tall wall That it was impossible to climb? WHYYY?????3 What purpose does the telepathy serve? None is the answer It serves no purpose 4 Why is this book so so so long and boring?So maybe a third of the way through the book I developed this false hope that this book would be some kind of pretty metaphor for children going through the grieving process and supporting each other in loss I thought “Oh grievers Maybe the challenges of the maze and the bonding of the boys in the glade will have some larger message” No This book is not about that It is about doing the NYT games section and then maybe vague talk of zombies later Total bullshitI have to think this book came out while LOST was still on and before its terrible conclusion which forced millions of Americans to face the fact that when it looks like a story will have no purpose it probably has no purpose I have to think Dashner thought he could bank on the millions of us willing to suspend our skepticism and keep watching a show whose writers clearly had no plan I am hoping that in the wake of that disaster we will have grown up a little and be less willing to stand for bullshit like this I googled it and yes I was right Cashing in on gullible LOST audience Unacceptable


  7. says:

    “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world” 2 12 stars It's funny how just a few years can change everything your reading tastes your expectations your standards because when I read The Maze Runner in early 2011 I enjoyed it a lot It seemed fast paced exciting and a little scary Plus I thought the slang was a nice touch Three years and a million dystopiansci fi books later and everything about me has outgrown this book It's not terrible I can still see why someone who is new to YA dystopias might get caught up in the loosely plotted read nothing happens drama and think that shuck amounts to a clever invention of a new language But as I was rereading this before seeing the new movie I realised just how much it pales in comparison to many others in the genreThe thing about this book is that it is so simplistic and immature I guess I'm not here to simply piss off the book's fans I enjoyed it too remember and I can still see why it might provide some light entertainment But the characters and plot are so underdeveloped The language seems silly now The scary Grievers no longer seem scary but cartoon comical instead Dashner uses that tiresome old writing techniue called withholding information to propel the non existent plot along The whole book is built around a single mystery that of the maze and our supposedly intelligent beyond belief characters keep the novel going by standing around and scratching their heads It's so lacking in any depth layers or complexity Comparisons to The Hunger Games are frankly uite hilarious when you consider Collins' intricate world complex characters and clever plot then consider what Dashner offers up next to it Not to mention that Thomas is an extremely boring self sacrificing MCIn its defense though I was still affected by what happens near the end I would recommend the book with some hesitation for younger readers or those who are new to YA dystopian fictionBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store


  8. says:

    The last page is turned and all I have to say is this What for the love of all that's good and pure was this foolishness? Aaaaand rant When I'm sick the snotty phlegmy febrile kind of sick and my brain feels sizzlingly fried I sometimes turn to easy reading fluff to give my neurons a break Sometimes this strategy backfires and the 'fluffy' book actually tries to break my long suffering brain cells with its sheer stupidityIt's not even mediocre; mediocrity would be elevating this book to the undeserved heights It's simply boring uninspired ridiculous and poorly executed Let me sum up the things that I thought were awful stupid or just plain ridiculous apparently my febrile brain likes making lists# The dumbed down plot full of holes that relies on pointless withholding of any useful information Seriously When there is no reason for keeping the characters in the dark all suspense goes out of the window There was no reason why nobody could tell Thomas what was going on when he showed up in the Glade or when he saw the Doors or the MazeWhile I'm at it can anyone please explain why the klunky shanking shuckface are the words randomly capitalized? Is the book meant to evoke the thoughts of the German language where the nouns are capitalized? Or was the author too lazy to come up with proper names for places and instead just threw in some capitalization? Foolishness I sayThe frustrating to me approach of never discussing what happened with those who went through the Changing The lack of curiosity about the only potential exit from the Maze that the boys have found in two years The pointless doing the same thing over and over again just to come up with the same results relishing in the special status of the Runners instead of just sitting down to discuss the situation and their findings# The atrocious unbearable awkward slang Replacing 'fuck' with 'shuck' and 'shit' with 'klank' for PG purposes does not work when you shove it unto the readers' faces every sentence or so At least be inventive or make it sound organic but all that's achieved is sounding like a five year old complaining to her Mummy You're the shuckiest shuck faced shuck there ever was I rest my case in the face of this nonsense# The silver plate on which everything is handed to the absolutely special protagonist Because Thomas is so special at fragging everything He doesn't even need to try Instead when we need a proof of his awesomeness the get the sudden impulses and urges that are never wrong or if that fails simply a uasi recollection that saves the day Which segues into my next frustration point# The lack of any character development besides the author wants it so approach The author knows what he wants to happen in this book and he moves the characters along like checkers pieces just to make plot happen The characters are just sorta there are static and therefore I could never get invested in them enough to care even when some of them died Especially when the death of at least one of them was pointless# The pointless villains and scares that should have been comic relief instead Yes the Grievers and the strangely non menacing way they were portrayed The Maze that is anything but intimidating that effect is due to the non spectacular writing really The Changing oh so scary of experience that does not really affect Thomas the Special Snowflake not even a minor inconvenience# The pointless vilifying of perfectly reasonable characters for the sole purpose of making our special protagonist even snowflake ish It's poor Gally who's labeled as a bully before he's had a chance to do anything even remotely bully ish except for staring at Thomas with dislike To cement his unlikeability Gally is described as physically unattractive because in shallow books like this one if you look like a villain you must be one Gally whose distrust of Thomas is perfectly logical if any of the characters would take any time to think about it instead of singing accolades to the Special Snowflake# The too stupid to live characters Seriously Every few pages my reaction was really? You guys haven't tried that? You haven't thought of this?? You haven't talked about that???? Ugh# The action scenes that read like a video game narration This does not work in real life even the kind of 'real life' that involves a few dozen of teen boys stranded in a few suare miles area where they successfully run a farm a slaughterhouse and an industrial size kitchen# The big reveal that is simply told to us without anyone really earning it No the characters do not work hard just to get the pay off; they get told all that's happening like a cheap trick# The absolute lack of any suspense or motivation to help propel the plot forward No everything is simplistic childish and therefore strangely light and unconcerning There is no depth no real substance and no complexity It's page filler easy to read easy to forget15 starsYawn A frustrated yawn at that


  9. says:

    ”Sweat drenched his hair his hands his clothes everything A fear he had never known filled him to the point of insanity”Truth be told I’ve been waiting to read this book for ages I don’t even know when the first movie came out but I think it must have been around 2014 or something like that Anyway because I didn’t know better back then I just went to the movies and watched the film only to find out that it’s based on a trilogy that was written by James Dashner Of course I was very intrigued and immediately wanted to read the books before I watched the second movie Well you know what they say about good intentions right? lol The road to hell is paved with good intentions Love that saying by the way ; P So you can already guess what I did I watched the second movie before reading the book and then desperately tried to catch up with this series Unfortunately the book was always borrowed from my library and already pre ordered by other people Seriously what is it with you guys in Austria that you all want to read the same book? XD And then a couple of weeks ago I already had given up hope I stumbled over a second copy of “The Maze Runner” in the children’s section Haha Imagine my delight when I finally borrowed it from the library And the rest? Well the rest is reading review history as you can see ; ”You and Minho get your butts inside get yourselves checked by the Med jacks You look bloody awful I want the whole story when they’re done and you’re rested up” Considering when the movie came out it’s been a while I saw it but reading the book I realized that it seems to be pretty close to the movie or rather the movie seems to stick with the book If there were some changes they obviously weren’t severe enough to notice them so my reading experience remained intact I hate it when they don’t stick with the book and make unnecessary changes You may call it a personal pet peeve if you wish XD What I found pretty interesting was the fact that in the movie the infected people seem to be like zombies There was none of that in the book I mean they are in the maze and don’t have anything to do with people who are infected with the Flare view spoilerat least not yet hide spoiler


  10. says:

    Reading this book No sleep brain shock Oh like my brain was blown into freaking little bits I kept thinking about it after I was done I finished it into the late hours of the night and I kept circling in my head what was going to happen next The point is moot but I am definitely going to read the seuel The Scorch TrialsFrom the start as the reader we have NO idea what is happening All Thomas can remember is his name Not where he came from or any specific details of his life Neither do any of the other Gladers who he meets in the beginning of the book The place is filled with boys whose sole purpose is to try to get out of this place by solving the maze They haven't had any luck in two years but that may all change with Thomas's arrival Strange things start to happen and people are pointing fingers at Thomas Will he be the one to get them out or the boy who will bring them down?At first I was having a hard time getting into this book Nobody wants to answer Thomas's uestions and I got just as frustrated as he did I actually still don't completely understand why they didn't want to answer all his uestions right away The plot does pick up speed though and you get to meet Newt Chuck Minho and Alby all important characters in their own right The world building is good because I got the creeps just thinking about the grievers and I can feel the desperation but at the same time the camaraderie the guys have with each other There is also a uniue language setup that was a tad bit confusing at first but you pick it up as Thomas does The ending certainly is gonna give the series a big shakeup I really want to see what Dashner has up his sleeve this timeI read this because of the good reception it was getting but also because of a display at Barnes Nobles They had all these books that were hugely popular within the young adult realm and I had read all of them except you guessed it this one I couldn't have any of thatAdded later Great news guys there are making this into a movie Here is a link to the little info that is out about the movie Basically nothing but hopefully in the coming months that will changeOkay the trailer is out I am officially excited guys