The Maze Runner
Young adult fiction.
Teenage boys are deposited from a freight elevator into the middle of an enormous maze with no memory of their prior life. One of the boys, 16-year-old Thomas, comes to a frightening understanding that he and the other boys must lock themselves in at night just to remain alive, and fight for thei... Read More »
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SummaryAdd a Summary
Four is on the run from the police with only two people with him. Will Four stay alive? or die?
i didnt really like this book buit it is what it is
In the distant future, catastrophic Sun Flares has devastated Earth and now an infectious man-made disease - The Flare - has washed over the land, killing millions and turning them into ravenous, vicious animals called Cranks. In the world's last attempt to save Mankind, all of the world's biggest, most powerful governments have come together to form WICKED, an organization bent on saving the human race. Now, with the help of Thomas, WICKED builds a maze and send Thomas into it, tracing his brain patterns in hope to find the cure for the disease. When doing so, they wipe Thomas of his memories and then they send him down into the maze, via Lift. When Thomas wakes up, he is greeted by a large group of teenage boys which they call themselves the Gladers. Now, Thomas lives in the place where he was no recollection of and what the Gladers call the Glade. Then, Thomas soon finds out that they are very desperately find a way out of the maze. But to no avail. Until Thomas helps.
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.
The Glade is surrounded by tall, stone walls with four massive openings. (Also referred to as doors) in the center of each wall. These doors close each night to protect them from the monsters that live in the giant maze beyond the Glade's walls. These monsters are called Grievers and attempt to sting the Gladers with their needles. If the Gladers get stung, they must be given a special antidote called the Grief Serum and undergo a painful process called the Changing in order to survive. Gladers who have gone through the Changing claim to gain memories into their lives before the Maze. The walls to the maze move every night so there is a different maze outside each door every day.
The day after Thomas arrives in the Glade, another person is sent up in the Box, the elevator that regularly brings new people and supplies to the Glade. Only boys live in the Glade, but to their surprise, a girl, Teresa, is sent up in the Box. They were also surprised because it was the first time someone new had been brought to the Glade in less than a month. She brings with her a message that she will be the last one to ever arrive in the Glade and that the end is nearly coming someday soon. She then falls into a deep coma. After the arrival of Teresa, the boys blame Thomas for everything abnormal going on, saying everything is all his fault.
In the end, the boys realize that they are against a force called WICKED. The boys believe that they are being put through a series of trials to find the best boys for the job WICKED have planned for them. They realize that the Maze is to be solved.
People called Runners; they have studied the maze for the two years, running around their section of the maze each day avoiding the Grievers. Every day the Runners go into the maze and look for changes in the maze. They come back to the Glade and sketch the day's changes. Teresa has a telepathic connection with Thomas and tells him that WICKED is good, and that the maze is a code, and meant to be solved. Thomas is completely scared to tell the others about their Gift, and other people, who have gone through the Changing, claim to have seen Thomas before. In an effort to bring memories back about whom Thomas really is and why the Gladers are there, Thomas purposefully gets stung by one of the Grievers. During the Changing Thomas understands why they are there. He and the girl Teresa both helped design the maze, and Thomas finally understands how to escape the Maze. He gets all of the sketches of the maps of the Maze and stacks them over each other for each day and for each section of the Maze that day on wax paper.
16 year old Thomas is the new boy at The Glade. He has no memory of how he got there or of his past. But he is not the only one.
Once he gets to The Glade, he discovers that every boy there went through the same thing and that they also have no memory of their past.
Thomas's arrival was not surprising (they get a new boy every 30 days) but what was truly unexpected was the arrival of another new kid the next day. This new kid is a girl. The only girl they've gotten ever. But what is truly frightning is what the girl says and the note she is carrying. She says that the ending is near then goes into a coma. The note in her hand says that she is the last new kid. Ever!
NoticesAdd a Notice
Violence: Just a bit of violence but not to much it was a perfect amount of violence. Someone below said there is a lot of romance but there is none.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some creepy scenes throughout the book, and a traumatic back story but it just adds to the intensity of the story. Definatley not for those who get sad easily.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense but its awesome
Violence: violence some major but to tell the truth it was entertaining
Violence: disturbing scenes, and lots of blood near the end :)
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There were a few creepy/intense scenes, but I still loved the book!!!
Violence: I was surprised about the amount of violence in this novel, but I enjoyed the story regardless.
Violence: It has quite a bit of violence that makes you feel uneasy
Other: There are also disturbing scenes in this book they can make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable.
Violence: This book has a lot of violence. For those who are squirmy about that kind of stuff I wouldn't recommend this book to. The author offers a lot of description in that aspect of the book which can make it worse at times.
QuotesAdd a Quote
“Such a display of death - how could it be considered a victory?”
“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”
"World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department"
"Gotta solve the buggin maze".
“It was you and me, Tom. We did this to them. To us.”
VideosAdd a Video
The Maze Runner- Conversation with Cast and Creators
A conversation with the people responsible for adapting the book to film.
Maze Runner Movie Trailer
If this doesn't make you want to read the book I don't know what will!
Book Trailer for The Maze Runner
Young Park Ridge Library patrons act out a scene from The Maze Runner
Maze Runner Trailer
James Dashner's thrilling novel, THE MAZE RUNNER gets star treatment in Brighton Linge's dazzling video, a finalist in the Kirkus 2009 Book Video Awards, sponsored by Random House Children's Books and co-hosted by BN.com. Linge is a fourth-year cinematography major at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.