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The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1
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The first book in the blockbuster phenomenon The Maze Runner series now features chapters from the highly-anticipated series conclusion, The Fever Code, the book that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!

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 #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."—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, Starred
"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News
The first book in the blockbuster phenomenon The Maze Runner series now features chapters from the highly-anticipated series conclusion, The Fever Code, the book that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!

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 #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."—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, Starred
"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News
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  • Library copies:
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  • ATOS:
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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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  • Chapter 1 He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.
    Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air. His back struck a hard metal wall; he slid along it until he hit the corner of the room. Sinking to the floor, he pulled his legs up tight against his body, hoping his eyes would soon adjust to the darkness.

    With another jolt, the room jerked upward LIKE an old lift in a mine shaft.

    Harsh sounds of chains and pulleys, LIKE the workings of an ancient steel factory, echoed through the room, bouncing off the walls with a hollow, tinny whine. The lightless elevator swayed back and forth as it ascended, turning the boy's stomach sour with nausea; a smell LIKE burnt oil invaded his senses, making him feel worse. He wanted to cry, but no tears came; he could only sit there, alone, waiting.

    My name is Thomas, he thought.

    That... that was the only thing he could remember about his life.

    He didn't understand how this could be possible. His mind functioned without flaw, trying to calculate his surroundings and predicament. Knowledge flooded his thoughts, facts and images, memories and details of the world and how it works. He pictured snow on trees, running down a leaf-strewn road, eating a hamburger, the moon casting a pale glow on a grassy meadow, swimming in a lake, a busy city square with hundreds of people bustling about their business.

    And yet he didn't know WHERE he came from, or how he'd gotten inside the dark lift, or who his parents were. He didn't even know his last name. Images of people flashed across his mind, but there was no recognition, their faces replaced with haunted smears of color. He couldn't think of one person he knew, or recall a single conversation.

    The room continued its ascent, swaying; Thomas grew immune to the ceaseless rattling of the chains that pulled him upward. A long time passed. Minutes stretched into hours, although it was impossible to know for sure because every second seemed an eternity. No. He was smarter than that. Trusting his instincts, he knew he'd been moving for roughly half an hour.

    Strangely enough, he felt his fear whisked away LIKE a swarm of gnats caught in the wind, replaced by an intense curiosity. He wanted to know where he was and what was happening.

    With a groan and then a clonk, the rising room halted; the sudden change jolted Thomas from his huddled position and threw him across the hard floor. As he scrambled to his feet, he felt the room sway less and less until it finally stilled. Everything fell silent.

    A minute passed. Two. He looked in every direction but saw only darkness; he felt along the walls again, searching for a way out. But there was nothing, only the cool metal. He groaned in frustration; his echo amplified through the air, LIKE the haunted moan of death. It faded, and silence returned. He screamed, called for help, pounded on the walls with his fists.

    Nothing.

    Thomas backed into the corner once again, folded his arms and shivered, and the fear returned. He felt a worrying shudder in his chest, as if his heart wanted to escape, to flee his body.

    "Someone... help... me!" he screamed; each word ripped his throat raw.

    A loud clank rang out above him and he sucked in a startled breath as he looked up. A straight line of light appeared across the ceiling of the room, and Thomas watched as it expanded. A heavy grating sound revealed double sliding doors being forced open. After so long in darkness, the light stabbed his...
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, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.

Reviews-
  • DOGO Books spicies - "This is the last one" they said when they sent up the first girl to ever be in the maze. Will they make it out???? The book that I recently read is called The Maze Runner by James Dashner. It is the first book in a series and was published in 2009. The book is written for a young adult audience and contains dystopian and science fiction elements. The book was super intense book with a lot of action and challenges to escape the deadly maze. Overall, I rate this book a 9 1/2 out of 10. In the book, The Maze Runner, the glade known as the middle of the maze is run by 2 of the main characters, Ably the leader and Newt the second person in charge. One day, a boy named Thomas was sent up into the maze not remembering anything at all, except for his name. Thomas was just a boy, but he was different than all the other boys in the maze. He was smarter he remembered things that they didn't. Thomas was also a good leader to the group. Since Thomas was super athletic and brave, he became one of the maze runners. A few days after Thomas' arrival into the maze, a girl named Teresa came to the maze, and she was the first girl ever there. She arrived with a note stating this is the last one. After a couple of days running the maze, Thomas noticed a pattern with the changes in the maze. Also, he thought he might have found a possible way to use this pattern to get out of the maze. In the book, one of my favorite parts was the layout of the maze. Most of the glade was a flat open field and a small portion of it was a forest. In the maze, there were scary obstacles and tough deadly things like traps that could kill people as well as the grievers. Another one of my favorite parts was when the doors were about to close one night. Thomas ran through and had to survive the entire night in the maze. This was really action packed and kept me interested. The novel reminded me of the movie the Hunger Games, because they had to survive a tough world and many different things could kill them. For example, a scientist in the book who controls the maze tries to attack the children in the maze. This is similar to when they shot fireballs at the main character Katniss and tried to hurt her in the hunger games. In addition, in the Maze Runner, the scientist intentionally left the doors open. He was trying to hurt the people of the maze by a letting in the Grievers. So, the book and movie both had some of the same elements. I have read other books like this and this was defiantly one of my favorite books out of all of them. I highly recommend this book to people who read the book the Hunger Games or divergent and if you like books that are dystopian.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 21, 2009
    Dashner (the 13th Reality series) offers up a dark and gripping tale of survival set in a world where teenagers fight for their lives on a daily basis. It starts when Thomas, a teenage amnesiac, wakes up in the Glade, a fragile oasis in the middle of an enormous maze. Here, a group of teenage boys eke out a hazardous existence, exploring the Maze by day and retreating to the Glade at night. No one knows how they got there; no one has ever found a way out (“Old life's over, new life's begun. Learn the rules quick,” the group's leader tells Thomas). Bizarre technological monsters called Grievers patrol the Maze's corridors, almost certain death for any who encounter them. Thomas struggles to regain his memories, but the arrival of a young woman with an ominous message changes the rules of the game. With a fast-paced narrative steadily answering the myriad questions that arise and an ever-increasing air of tension, Dashner's suspenseful adventure will keep readers guessing until the very end, which paves the way for the inevitable continuation. Ages 12–up.

  • Publishers Weekly "Breathless, cinematic action."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Heart pounding to the very last moment."
  • Romantic Times "Exclamation-worthy."
  • Shelf Awareness, Starred [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."
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