The Maze RunnerBook - 2009
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers, all 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 has ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives, the first girl ever, and the message she delivers is terrifying.… (more)
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Thomas wakes up with his memories gone, trapped in the center of an incredible maze. At least he's not alone but he soon learns the only way out is to run for his and their lives. This book is the first in "The Maze Runner" series.
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Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
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navy_wolf_536 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 25
green_alligator_7736 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
blue_dolphin_4971 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 1
pink_dolphin_1058 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
green_eagle_920 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9
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"Shouldn't someone give a pep talk or something?" Minho asked, pulling Thomas's attention away from Alby.
"Go ahead," Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. "Be careful," he said dryly. "Don't die."
"Great. We're all bloody inspired," Newt answered.
"We're telepathic! We can talk to each other in our freaking heads!" - Thomas
For the first time, he felt something for Chuck that made him so angry he wanted to kill somebody. The boy should be in school, in a home, playing with neighbourhood kids. He deserved to go home at night to a family who loved him, worried about him. A mom who made him take a shower every day and a dad who helped him with his homework.
Thomas hated the people who'd taken this poor, innocent kid from his family. He hated them with a passion he didn't even know a human could feel. He wanted them dead, tortured, even. He wanted Chuck to be happy.
But happiness had been ripped from their lives. *Love* had been ripped from their lives.
- Page 194
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This book is about and bunch of boys trapped inside a maze full of monsters. Worst of all, the boys memories have been whipped! Every month a boy would come up into the maze They have been looking for a way out for 2 years! When a boy name Thomas arrives into the maze everyone thought he was a normal boy the had his memories whipped but everything changes when the following day, for the first time ever, a girl comes! With the help of Thomas and his friend Minho, they discover a way out of the maze but it is gaurded by giant spiders. If you get stung by them your memories come back. Half the boys die trying to get to the end. In the end of the book, Teresa (the girl) and the remaining boys escape from the maze by helicopter. Or at least they think they have been saved.....
A group of boys trapped in a maze, only to find out that they were placed there by other members of society. Will they be able to escape? Or will they remain trapped forever?
Thos action/thriller book leaves you sitting at the edge of your seat Thomas through the maze of discovering himself. This teenage boy faces bone shocking, enormous spiders (grievers) to the complicated mind of a girl he can't stop thinking about
*Some spoilers* Crazy whacked out idea but I loved the wild ride of reading this story. So many twists and unexpected revelations in the book. The main character is trying to find answers to who the good guys are and what has happened to his world as we try to figure it all out with him. It is set in the future where mankind needs saving from a horrible disaster that has turned humans into monsters. Now scientists use children to figure out how to save the human race. Great book!
Thomas wakes up with no memory except his first name,Thomas, of his previous life in a elevator. He finds himself living in the glade and trying to escape the maze. Then, a girl comes up from the box holding a note saying that she was the last one ever, and they find out how to get out of the maze. When they get to the Griever Hole, they have to kill grievers and then they deactivate the maze. They get to the creators, and find out there is a disease called the "flare" in the real world that kills people and turns them into zombie looking people before they die. then the story ends at the boys resting in a house not infected by the "flare".
Thomas arrives in an elevator and still does not know his name. He is shown around and is told the rules. He gets in a fight on his first day and remembers his name. He is told he needs a job and says he wants to be a runner. After Rule 3 was to not go into the maze was broken by Thomas they debated banishing him, but he did so well that he became part of the runners. It is Thomas and Minho's job to find a way out of the moving maze and not get everyone killed. Can Thomas save his people?
Maze Runner by James Dashner, is a thrilling story about life in the future after Earth has been struck by sun flares and a disease called ‘the flare.’ When Thomas finds himself in “the box,” with no memory of his life except his name, he realises he’s no ordinary individual and he’ll need all the help he can get if he’s going to escape the concrete maze that surrounds him.
He thought it was just a dream at first, but he never woke up. Thomas is stuck in a life sized maze with only one way in and one way out. Just as he was beginning to get used to it a new girl shows up. This would't be a problem but you see she is the only girl. After that things began to get weird so Thomas and any friends he has must find a way out before it's to late.
This book is about some teenagers who wake up and find themselves in a maze and when they get there, they can't remember anything except their name. Anytime they try to escape the get attacked by some scary animals. They lost all hope until a boy named thomas arrives.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense scenes. If you want a scare, then read this book. Great book but it’s also interesting
Sexual Content: Please, there is no Sexual content or Romance in this book. The only things that comes close to it, is holding hands. And if you think that counts as Sexual content you are not from this generation. :P
Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book is very intense, and sometimes scary. Violent at times, but no where near as gruesome as the hunger games.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Kinda creepy scenes, some violence. And NO there's NOT any romance. AT ALL.
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.
Violence: I was surprised about the amount of violence in this novel, but I enjoyed the story regardless.