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The maze runner
2014
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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!

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 , 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.

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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School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Dazed and confused, Thomas wakes up to find himself sprawled in black box in front of a crowd of unfamiliar boys in James Dashner's novel (Delacorte, 2009). As they welcome him to the Glade, Thomas realizes that he remembers nothing about himself. He discovers that the Gladers don't know how they got there or why they are now living in an expanse surrounded by massive stone walls. Everyone there has an assigned task, such as runner. Outside the wall is a maze and the runners cover its enormous expanse each day hoping to find a way out of their artificial world. Thomas senses that he was sent to the Glade for a reason, and after a girl arrives there, he begins to believe that he holds the answers to every Glader's question. Thomas's bewilderment is deftly portrayed by Mark Deakins. Some of the boys have slight British and Scottish accents which add to the magic of this unique and highly realized fantasy. Deakins's pacing and intonation build suspense. Fans of dystopian tales, such as Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series (Scholastic), will be drawn into the Glade with Thomas.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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
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