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Grade 6–10—Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "the glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys. Thomas is a likable protagonist who uses the information available to him and his relationships (including his ties to the girl, Teresa) to lead the Gladers. Unfortunately, the question of whether the teens will escape the maze is answered 30 pages before the book ends, and the intervening chapter loses momentum. The epilogue, which would be deliciously creepy coming immediately after the plot resolves, fails to pack a punch as a result. That said,The Maze Runnerhas a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau'sThe City of Ember(Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OHEND
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ISBN-10:  0385737947
ISBN-13:  978-0385737944
Genre:  Teens
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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review by . June 03, 2013
Such an amazing book
If you're going to read any book set in the dystopian future, read The Maze Runner.   I fell in love with The Maze Runner simply from the summary on goodreads.com, and it did not disappoint.   Every chapter leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat.   Brilliantly written with superb characters.   There are two sequels and a prequel. I promise you, once you read The Maze Runner you'll be awaiting the moment you can start the second book, The Scorch …
review by . February 14, 2010
"Thomas was more than happy to get away from the house, and headed back toward the tree. He'd only known what it was like to be alive here for a short while and he already wanted it to end. He wished for all the world he could remember something about his previous life. Anything. His Mom, his dad, a friend, his school, a hobby. A girl. He blinked hard several times, trying to get the image of what he'd just seen in the shack out of his mind. The Changing. Gally had called it the Changing. It wasn't …
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