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Read the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner, and its sequel The 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! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
 
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
 
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.
 
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
 
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
 
Everything is going to change.
 
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

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
 
[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.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News


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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One)
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4.4 / 5
Amazing
January 19th, 2016
It was an amazing book,my friend read it and said it was great, so that's exactly what I'm going to say to you. IT WAS GREAT! An interesting read, faboulus job Dashner!
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Different way of getting to the end
January 14th, 2016
When I first picked up the Maze Runner I thought I'd be reading the movie... It was an awesome read and kept me on the edge the whole time. The storyline is similar but I love that it was like a brand new way of getting to the end.
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The Maze Runner
November 13th, 2015
The story line is amazing, keeps you thinking till the very end. I hope the second book lives up to the expectation.
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1 review
Pretty good.
October 1st, 2015
I liked the book, though I think the movie was better, to be honest. Still a pretty good book, definetly a must read if you like the post-apocalyptic, futuristic vibe.
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The maze runner
August 28th, 2015
The Maze Runner is an amazing book one of my favorites. It leaves me wondering what WICKED will do now ,and I want to learn more!I want to know what h@ppens next!
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G0od read
August 11th, 2015
I liked the book better than the movie. I did however struggle through the discrepencies between the two.
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Pretty good story few annoyances
July 27th, 2015
Favourable story but the slang in the book is near unbearable. Also if disliked Harry Potter in Goblet of Fire, stay away from this book. Aside from that it's great, also stay away from the movie.
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1 person found this helpful
Fufjfurryhf
July 17th, 2015
I LOVED IT! AND I'M A BOY!
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Good
July 5th, 2015
Good enough to make me want to buy the second book! Lots of questions stil to answer... very exciting!
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Maze runner
May 30th, 2015
I thought this was a great book. I recommend this book t people who like thrill. Go maze runner!!!!!
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The Maze Runner
May 26th, 2015
A fun filled, action packed, amzing book. If you luke the Hunger Games, the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, you're sure going to like this. Its full of cliff-hangers and there seems to be a new problem every 2 or so chapters. Sooooooo good!
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Review on The Maze Runner
May 4th, 2015
This book is the worst ever it sucks. Thomas the main charecter is traped and then he gets out of the maze and chuck dies.!!!! spoiler alert.
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Fantastic
May 4th, 2015
My wife listened to the audiobook version over a year ago. When she described the story, I could not have been any less interested. We went as a family to see the movie and I loved it! I sought out the book to compare it to the movie. Even though I already knew the story, the book had me riveted from start to finish. It was written in a plain, simple style. The characters were, for the most part, well-developed. Despite being a YA novel, it was easy for me as an adult to read. I admit to being highly annoyed by the teenage angst that beats readers over the head. For this reason, I avoid a lot of YA novels. But The Maze Runner has none of this. The story unfolds at a steady clip that kept me locked in throughout. I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic (perhaps because I already knew what happened), but it was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to book 2.
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Maze runner
April 17th, 2015
I deffitly could not stop, 5 no 3 pages in and you would be hooked :) So much ADVENCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks!
April 10th, 2015
Thanks for writing this book,its a long time ago that i readed such a good book,its funny,original,.
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1 review
Good book, disappointing near the end.
March 27th, 2015
The idea of the worlds is really thought provoking, but it seems to peter out at the end. I liked the book but I wish it would have been longer.
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Awesome
February 19th, 2015
You gave to read this its so action packed and full of excitment. If you like the hunger games you will love this
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The Maze Runner
February 12th, 2015
Il I loved this book with its surprising ending and suspensful chapters.
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The maze runner
February 8th, 2015
I love the first book of the maze runner triology and cant wait to read the rest of the books of thIs amazing triology
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Maze runner
January 31st, 2015
The maze runner was an amazing action thriller and the ending was such a cliff hanger but that just makes me more excited to read the scorch Trials.
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Awesome
January 28th, 2015
Read it before you see the movie. If you've already watched the movie, read it, and ask yourself, "how could the movie leave out so many good parts?"
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Wow.
January 22nd, 2015
This book is beyond captivating! It entranced my thoughts even while I was not reading it. The writing was done so well,and the mystery through the who book was just enough frustration to keep reading to find answers. I only put this book down when I had to! A must read for anyone!
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AMAZING
January 6th, 2015
This book Is so amazing - ive read it so many times and it just never gets old. This is one book you should buy
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The awesome 1st book
December 31st, 2014
This book is by far my most favorite book, it makes you think, laugh and cry (guilty of all) it is confusing at first, bur all clicks in the end.
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5 Star Worthy
December 30th, 2014
I loved this book. It has thrilling moments, suspenceful moments & funny moments. I fell in love with this read!
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Incredible from start to finish
December 30th, 2014
Had watched the movie first and just needed to know how it ends! Couldn't stop reading once I started, such an amazing book. So much action and adventure and a truly interesting story line. Highly recommend.
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Amazing
December 27th, 2014
This book is really interesting becuase it has tbat mystrey to it but lots of excitme t along with it too. I would reccoment buying this book if your up to the adventurd.
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Great book and movie
December 17th, 2014
Make sure to read the book before you see the movie. I give both the book and movie 4.5 out of 5. Mysterious but you feel like you are right in the maze with the gladers. Great read.
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Amazing book
December 16th, 2014
A bit disgusting at parts but had LOTS of cliffhangers and I couldn't stop reading. Loved this book!
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The Maze Runner
November 16th, 2014
Dit is een zeer leuk boek, maar je moet wel goed Engels kunnen lezen. Er komen namelijk veel moeilijke woorden in voor. Ik raadt dit boek aan iedereen die van spannende boeken houdt aan. Ik ben zeer zeker dat ik de andere boeken ook ga lezen
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the maze runner
November 12th, 2014
amazing book, amazing series. I have read the series at lease four times. one of my favourites.
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Maze Runner
November 10th, 2014
Excellent read
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Maze runner
November 5th, 2014
I thought this book was so good. Many cliffhangers and emotions felt. I would recommend it
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1 review
Good read
November 5th, 2014
Nothing like the movie!
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5 et oils
October 9th, 2014
C'est incroyable j'adore !!!!!
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1 review
Full of intrigue and action
September 28th, 2014
Fast paced and riveting. This book was difficult to out down, and I can't wait to devour the rest.
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1 review
Good book
September 28th, 2014
Took a little to get into it but was very pleased with the story
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1 review
Good read
September 27th, 2014
Was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Quick read but a good one.
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1 review
Awesome
September 25th, 2014
Amazing book! Impossible to stop reading!
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Fab :)
September 22nd, 2014
Brilliant book- couldn't put it down!
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1 review
Great
September 21st, 2014
Great story and interesting character development.
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Great dystopian
September 3rd, 2014
I really enjoyed the book. Packed with action and mystery, not a dull moment
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The maze runner
August 31st, 2014
It seems really good. By reading the preview makes you want to read it
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Un suspens continu
August 31st, 2014
Les rebondissements sont presque toujours inattendu, et poussent à lire les suite. Complètement incroyable mais totalement crédible ! Je regrette seulement l'omniprésence du héros principal.
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Good but not in love
August 20th, 2014
Well written. Keeps you interested, keeps you reading but I did not fall in love with characters. Hoping for more in the sequel.
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Awesome!
July 29th, 2014
This book was amazing! Definitely meant for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games series!
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Yikes!
July 18th, 2014
This series is similar to the hunger games but different still.
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The Maze Runner
July 14th, 2014
The Maze Runner was an awesome read. I found the beginning hard to get in to, but as things started to challenge the Gladers it got hard to even put it down to go pee. The ending was a cliff hanger but in a really weird way. Il for sure be reading the second one later today... Off to chapters.
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Amazing!
June 20th, 2014
I cant wait to read the other books!
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Amazing book, a must read!
June 10th, 2014
The Maze Runner presents a slow start but it grips you when you least expect. It is amazing how the author is able to give you mixed feelings. The choices you make, the feelings you choose to feel.. Get ready for a roller coaster ride in a Maze! Goosebumps aplenty, money well spent.
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1 review
Excellent book
May 21st, 2014
A mix of hunger games and divergence all rolled into one great story
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The Maze Runner
May 6th, 2014
Interesting read! On the edge to get the answers
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shank full of suspense
April 21st, 2014
Loved how it progressed, the beginning was a bit klunky, but it shuck the slint out of me when I kept going! Keep reading! good that
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The maze runner
April 16th, 2014
Soo good. Couldn't put the book down
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Just fine
April 15th, 2014
I wouldn't compare this series to the hunger games or divergent. Its more along the line of the delirium saga. I found this is a good representation of a ya series as well. Although I wouldn't recommend this to my friends ( adults that like the ya books) I would recommend it to anyone under 20 who like action and mystery. It keeps you guessing and its not predictable.
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Maze Runner
April 14th, 2014
I loved it, every chapter was a cliffhanger!
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The Maze Runner
April 1st, 2014
A lot of twists and turns but I just can't feel the emotions of Thomas.
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1 review
Good read
March 26th, 2014
I liked that I couldn't always guess what was going to happen. Good book for fans of hunger games, divergent, etc.
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Me
March 23rd, 2014
Very gd book. Could hardly put it down
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1 review
January 31st, 2014
I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Never really a dull moment, easy read.
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Maze Runner
January 30th, 2014
Great book but I'm still a little confused about it all. But maybe it's supposed to be that way.
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January 24th, 2014
The beginning was a bit slow but once you get into it it is a very good book to read. I enjoyed it!
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12 of 13 people found this helpful
January 24th, 2014
the Maze Runner series will appeal to teen as well as adults. The story starts off in a mystery, and so far it continues to gather more questions than answers. I find this sort of book difficult to put down and very excited that it is going to be a series. If you enjoyed The divergent series and Hunger games, then you will enjoy this Author as well .I am looking forward to reading all of the Maze Runner series.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Great read for all ages. Couldn't put it down.
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January 24th, 2014
Great book. I loved the characters and the humor. Very good read.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Amazing book. Another out-of-this world story with a thriller plot that keeps you enthused from the beginning. I loved the author's writing and although sometimes, I was anxious to get to the more fun stuff, it still kept me surprised with new plot twists all through out the book. Great book and an even better read to ease your mind off things.
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1 person found this helpful
January 24th, 2014
This series was great can't wait to see the movie great action throughout!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This book was amazing definitely captured my attention just by reading the summary!!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Good beginning and muddle but I felt the end wrapped up a little to quickly.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Absolutely great! Author has a way with all the twists and turns and keeps you second guessing yourself until the very end!
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January 24th, 2014
Really enjoyed this book, pretty sure i stayed up most of the night! Read the rest of the series just as quick!
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Awesome. I can not wait for the movie. If you liked Hunger games you will like his one
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Great book, very suspenseful and thrilling!
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January 24th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of action and suspense, that keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next.
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January 24th, 2014
I loved the series, similar to Hunger Games and Divergent series
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
One of the best books I've ever read! Exciting, fast paced...keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Great story, but the made-up language between characters made it difficult to find flow in the story. Jade
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
It will leave you wanting more!!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Amazing book, I loved the action throughout the whole book. However, the slangs do take a while to get used to.
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January 23rd, 2014
you either love it or hate this book and I love it. The book is just written so well :)
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January 23rd, 2014
Such a good book! I just started and I am so into it! I love some of the names, very original.
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January 23rd, 2014
A really good book and I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action novels.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
I have read and re-read this book countless times. Although it may seem cliche, I truly was on the edge of my seat. This suspense filled novel kept me in great anticipation for the next installments in the series. The concept of waking up n an elevator with no idea who or where I am is daunting and yet intriguing. The authors ability to convey a groups solidarity in fear, and their revolution of heroism aspires awe. The raw emotion and realism of the novel, despite its fantasy based roots, allow readers to relate to individuals and fully immerse themselves in the Maze. The captivating plot, and build up of suspense being built up throughout the story, keeps you wanting to read more. The events and emotion, coupled with crippling realism and humor provides a versatile basis that appeals to all readers. All in all, it was a great book, a definite read before you see the movie kind.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Good book, very interesting story, a great read. Read the second one to finish the story, but give the third a miss
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January 23rd, 2014
Such a good read, I absolutely loved it. Great for any age (I'm 24), and I couldn't put it down!
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January 23rd, 2014
The Maze Runner is an awesome book. After the first few pages I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read book 2 in the series. I hope the motion picture will do the book justice!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed reading this book as the concept was unique. I could see teenagers enjoying it also. Not for the under 11 crowd - too much death and gore.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
This is a great read. Its an orgianl idea and the plot is great. The writing style is great. Theres just enough different types of books for everyone, a bit of action, a bit of romance, etc. Defiently reccomend it.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. The author really knew how to draw you in and keep you in suspense from begining to end.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Started slow but turns into a really good story.
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January 23rd, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I haven't had the chance to read the next book in the series but it's on my must read list.
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January 23rd, 2014
This is an amazing series!!! very sell written with a lot of suspense and twists and turns
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January 23rd, 2014
Totally enjoyed every suspenseful minute. Keeps you guessing from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
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9 of 10 people found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
AMAZING BOOK. The author really told the story well, its such a unique idea and you instantly feel like you are there with the characters. I enjoyed reading this a lot, and although there was suspense, it was never annoying or enough to affect your understanding of the book. The scenarios are described so well but leaves room for imagination, and you UNDERSTAND their feeling's, and you understand the way this dystopian world works, and you understand each and every point that the author issues. When you finish the first book, and come to terms with reality, it feels like you've woken up from a 4958 hour sleep, and I believe that's how every book should captivate you. An amazing dystopian book that leaves you wanting more, if you're a fan of the Hunger Games (of which I personally adore), you will LOVE this.
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Awesome
January 21st, 2014
There isn't much else to say, it was an awesome book, a little freaky but awesome.
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The mazer walker
January 11th, 2014
Não sei como descrever o livro. Não. Me senti conectado com nenhum dos personagens, nem mesmo a Teresa (eu sempre me interesso em personagens femeninos). os personagens passam o tempo todo brigando entre si, as duvidas que protagonista tem, nunca são respondidas nem por seus companheiros. Esse livro com certeza foi criado pelo autor ja pensando e transforma-lo num livro e vende-lo para a industria do cinema. Ao pensar bem, somente dois fatos acontecem no livro: thomas e tereza entram no labirinto, thomas e tereza saem do labrinto. Nao ha respostas, não há explicação, tudo eh deixado para os proximos livros da serie que com certeza terão uma fraca e tola explicação para todos os eventos. Acredito que nem o autor sabe quais serão as explicaçoes e sinto um a la "lost" no qual o final foi pessimo. Irei comprar o segundo livro, pois como todo mundo quero saber as respostas. Espero nao ficar muito desapontado ao descobrir tudo.
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Maze runner
January 10th, 2014
Awesome book, pretty good story keeps you wanting more:)
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Maze runner series book 1
October 21st, 2013
Interesting storyline. Lacks in the writing. I know it is directed at teens so I forgiving.
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Wow.
October 9th, 2013
Might just be the best book I have ever read.
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October 6th, 2013
This book was amazing. The never ending mysteries made this book a real page turner! A must read for anyone who likes action and suspense.
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