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The maze runner
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2011
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  Booklist Review

As with many recent stories being spread over multiple volumes, this often-exciting but ultimately frustrating opener reads more like an extended prologue than a fully realized novel. Thomas, his memory wiped out, is thrust into the center of an enormous maze, where other teens have constructed a survivalist society. No one knows why they're there, or where they came from, but each day they send out runners into the constantly shifting, monster-infested labyrinth to search for a way out. As memories start to trickle back in and circumstances grow increasingly dire, Thomas suspects he knows more about the maze than he should. The withholding and then revelation of crucial information tend toward contrivance and convenience, but the tantalizing hints of a ravaged world outside make for gripping reading. Although this opening volume will appeal to the same audience as hot dystopian thrillers like The Hunger Games (2008), it doesn't promise the same level of devotion. With much of the more intriguing head-game aspects left unexplored, though, the potential for a rousing continuation of the story certainly exists.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Boys come to the Glade via an empty freight elevator with no memory of how they got there or of their prior lives. This disorientation is made more frightening when they realize that to survive they must lock themselves in every night to avoid the horrors of the Grievers, beings that are part machine, part animaland altogether deadly. The boys in the Glade send out Runners each day to find a way out through the Maze that surrounds their one patch of safety, with no success. Life goes on until one day the elevator delivers a girl. She brings a message: She is the last child to be sent, and there will be no more deliveries of food or supplies. Now the Glade is cut off, and as the Grievers gather for an all-out attack it's clear that it's now or neverthe Maze must be solved. Dashner knows how to spin a tale and make the unbelievable realistic. Hard to put down, this is clearly just a first installment, and it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next. (Science fiction. 12 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Book one in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! <br> <br> 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.<br> 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.<br> Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.<br> <br> The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials , and Maze Runner: The Death Cure all 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.<br> <br> Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series! <br> <br> Praise for the Maze Runner series: <br> A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series <br> A USA Today Bestseller <br> A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year <br> An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book <br> An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick <br> <br> "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies , The Hunger Games , and Lost . " --EW.com<br> <br> "Wonderful action writing --fast-paced ...but smart and well observed." -- Newsday <br> <br> "[A] nail-biting must-read." -- Seventeen.com<br> <br> "Breathless, cinematic action. " -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> " Heart pounding to the very last moment." -- Kirkus Reviews <br> <br> " Exclamation-worthy. " -- Romantic Times <br> <br> "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<br> <br> " Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." -- Deseret News
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