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What the community says about The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
- "The Maze Runner collection is a great series by the author, James Dashner. Dashner has successful portrayed Thomas, the main character, as a real-life human being that you can relate to and constructed a series of events that keep you lingering through the end. The plot truly lives up to its name, it is an adventure and action packed novel with sequences that are unsuspecting and located in an environment that is unusual and alluring."
- "This is the first book in the series that the movies were based off of. If you liked the movies, you will love to the book. The story definitely starts off as a mystery and constantly leaves you guessing at first. If you like those type of books, you will love this one!"
- "I hadn't read the Maze Runner books but I've heard of them before and saw the movie commercials. I like to read post-apocalyptic books, and this one fit the bill, although it's more geared toward YA. It's kind of like lord of the flies, which paradoxically makes it both dystopan in that its an alien future (to me) but the existing social orders are collapsed, so there's a little more equality. "
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- "The title itself caught my attention and the movie had just come out. I decided to give the book a shot before watching the movie, and I am so glad I did. I love mystery and adventure novels and this definitely had a fair share of both worlds. "
- "I loved this book. Been a huge fan of maze runner since I discovered the series. This is the book that started it all. Such vivid detail and great descriptions. This book really made me interested in the phenomena of amnesia. I highly reccomended this book to many already and my opinion hasnt changed."
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- "The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner) is one of the best YA dystopian romance books. If you have a teenager in your house definitely get them this book, they will love it. It is a pretty well written book and it will be a page turner for the young adult in your life."
- "The Maze Runner, the aptly titled first book in the The Maze Runner series is the best dystopian fiction novel to come out in years, this book is appropriate for all ages and is an awesome mind excersize in "what-if" scenario. The background is bleak and broody and the character development is wonderful. I highly suggest that anyone who likes this sort of literature to read this book."
- "The Maze Runner was a thrilling read. Took me in right from the first page, as Thomas, the main character, arrived in an elevator in a place that defied comprehension - massive stone walls that moved, weird beasts, and a community of boys. And the clincher, they had all lost their memories, and didn't remember a lot of their format lives. Could not put it down!"
- "I loved every bit of this book! Post-apocalyptic books where all the adults have gone crazy or died and only the kids remain have been my favorite since I started reading YA lit. This one does that kind of fiction justice and I feel is right up there with The Giver and Lord of the Flies in terms of themes that really speak to people (especially younger ones). Each time I read this book I get something new to chew on. Glad I went looking for new YA apocalyptic books and found this! "
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- "Perfect next read for any fans of the Divergent series or The Hunger Games series. The Maze Runner is the first book is a fantastic young adult series set in a dystopian future. This book kept me thoroughly engaged and is likely to delight middle school age girls and boys alike."
- "I got this book shortly after having watched the first film. The movie really drew me in and I had to have it. Now, altogether, I think I like the film much better than the book, but the novel has its merits too without a doubt. 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."
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- "I have really struggled with this review as I wanted SO badly to love this book as I did the first three in the series...but just couldn't! Of course it was well written and the narration was once again excellent but the story completely fell short...for me at least. Having read and LOVED all of the first 3 books in the Maze Runner series, I was hoping that this prequel would provide answers...how, why, when...but I got nothing but chapter after chapter after chapter of survival fight moments that were, at best, repetitive. I felt like very little thought went into this prequel and much of the book revolves around survival battles rather than painting a picture of what caused the sun flares and a believable reason as to why the flare virus was released. ***SPOILERS*** At the very end of the book the small pack of battle survivors discovers one written memo which describes the world government leaders coming together to release the virus as a form of population control in order to conserve resources...yet probably 90% or more of the population had been wiped out by the sun flares and the survivors were existing just fine in separate small settlements and not stealing or bothering anyone else so the idea of the virus being released for population control by the collective world governments was really not believable. If a group of militia had released it to further wipe out the human race and keep all remaining resources for themselves, I could have bought that. Even Alien invasion or mad scientists would have been more believable."
- "I love anything that is science fiction. I am a pretty big nerd when it comes to that. The Maze Runner is one of my favorites, and dare I say, the best science fiction book. It is a really good read and it makes you want to keep reading so it's a pretty quick read. "