|The Maze Runner
Contributor(s): Dashner, James
ISBN: 0385737947 ISBN-13: 9780385737944
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2009
Annotation: When Thomas wakes up, he's surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with the surprising message that Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess--if only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
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|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Amnesia; Fiction.
- Cooperativeness; Fiction.
- Labyrinths; Fiction.
|Lexile Measure: 770|
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14|
|Series: Maze Runner|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 375 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 133240
Reading Level: 5.3 Interest Level: Upper Grades Point Value: 15.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q48080
Reading Level: 5.7 Interest Level: Grades 9-12 Point Value: 24.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Contributor Bio(s): >JAMES DASHNER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series as well as The Eye of Minds, the 13th Reality series, and The Infinity Ring. He was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. You can learn more about James and his books at jamesdashner.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Thomas wakes up with no memory, surrounded by boys around his own age. He has been placed in a maze with obstacles and monsters to fight, but more important is figuring out how he got there--and what happened to the adults. The story is fast-paced and gripping, with unexpected twists (though readers familiar with sci-fi of this type may not be surprised). Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 September #3)
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. (Oct.)[Page 59]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 October)
Gr 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 Runner has a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH[Page 124]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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