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There Are Alternate Cover Editions For This ASIN Here And HereIf You Ain T Scared, You Ain T HumanWhen 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 GoneNice To Meet Ya, Shank Welcome To The GladeOutside 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 AliveEverything Is Going To ChangeThen A Girl Arrives The First Girl Ever And The Message She Delivers Is TerrifyingRemember Survive Run EDIT 09 05 2013 Holy crap, that looks perfect I am way better at writing reviews for books I hated, but I m gonna give it a go anyway Okay Breathe, Inge, breathe. Oh, this is gooooood.The Maze Runner was like a breath of fresh air to me I needed a nice, clean cut from the typical YA books filled with whiny protagonists, insta love and love triangles, and I got exactly what I asked for This book is like a giant puzzle that you solve along with the characters It is filled with unexpected twists and turns, full of action and I sighed every once in a while because it was so much to take in at once It started off highly confusing, but soon took a turn for the exciting and left me hanging with so many unanswered questions after the last page, I was still begging for The Maze Runner had me gripping my seat until the very end A great and very thrilling read.Thomas was a curious, smart and brave protagonist and basically everything the Gladers needed at the time I didn t really connect to any of the characters because they were a bit snappy and unpredictable, but I could definitely understand all the reactions and feelings I felt all the emotions myself I felt the sorrow, the despair, the excitement, the need for survival, everything Though the idea of slug like creatures didn t really appeal to me at first, I got used to the image of the deadly Grievers after a while They ended up being quite gross and I started fearing them as well The arrival of the girl definitely lightened things up, not much, but enough The deaths were very predictable but they did add to the story.And that ending Ooooh, that ending killed me I was so happy when I read the last sentence, and then I read that freaking epilogue That was heart wrenching I knew it wouldn t be a happy ending because it s a trilogy, but I didn t really know what to expect I definitely didn t expect this Now I must get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible Damn you, James Dashner.Like the publisher said,Thanks, James It s not like I wanted to sleep for a week anywayAnd it s not like I had any studying to do or anything whistles innocently This book was recommended for fans of the Hunger Games series, a series that has become one of my favorites I began The Maze Runner excitedly, hoping for an equally enjoyable, dystopian adventure I didn t find it.The plot was intriguing and kept me reading in fact, it was probably the only reason why I kept reading Some writers are able to seamlessly integrate characterization and good writing with a fast moving plot James Dashner is not one of them The pacing is strange, and Dashner s use of cliches became very irritating.The main character, Thomas, was annoying Rather than allowing his readers to feel what Thomas feels, Dashner chooses to tell We are told many times how frustrated and confused Thomas is, but we can t identify with him Some of the supporting characters, such as Minho and Newt, could be interesting, but they remain secondary to Thomas In addition, I was frustrated with the character Teresa Teresa is the only female main character instead of making her an intriguing, powerful female, she is christened with flimsy adjectives such as very pretty and smart , becoming yet another 1 dimensional character I realize that this is a plot driven story and not a character driven one, but I would hope that the characters would at least be appealing to the reader.Criticism aside, I found the book enjoyable, and the plot kept me hooked I felt that the epilogue was well written and I might seek out the rest of the series when it is published Ultimately, it s unfortunate that Dashner s poor writing takes away from a good story line in the hands of a writing master, I believe that The Maze Runner could have been something extraordinary.2.5 5EDIT More than a year later, I have not procured any other books in the series, nor do I intend to Personally speaking, this is one series better left alone. This book would have been great IF 1 the characters had some personality2 the main character Thomas weren t such a Gary Stu and showed some character development and growth instead of conveniently remembering important information to advance the plot3 the book weren t filled with atrocious made up slang shuck face, really, is this supposed to be cool 4 the villains Grievers were actually scary or dangerous5 the maze had some kind of mystery about it and not limited to moving walls and un threatening prickly Grievers6 the plot weren t based on constant withholding of information by everyone and releasing it 200 pages later than it should have been7 the smartest of the smartest kids actually did something smart and uncovered some mysteries of the maze during the 2 years spent there8 the death of main characters evoked any feeling in readers9 the book weren t so slow moving thanks to constant withholding of info and BORING In the present form The Maze Runner deserves nothing than an OK rating for moderately interesting premise The hype and comparisons to The Hunger Games are unwarranted. You know how sometimes you re running really fast from a horrible creature and, in a moment of panic, you turn around to see how close it is only to run straight into a brick wall No I don t know what that s like either But that inattention to detail would probably totally screw you over because a now you re knocked unconscious and b the creature is going to devour you Good job.I guess this is kind of like Lot s wife looking back on Sodom only to be turned into a pillar of salt And it is also kind of like reading The Maze Runner Stick with me The first half of James Dashner s The Maze Runner maintains a superbly frantic pace Thomas, our empty shell of a protagonist is thrust, via the Box, into a curious and unfriendly world populated by dozens of teenage boys He remembers nothing, and the boys are uncooperative, refusing to reveal any details regarding their home, the Glade The Glade is surrounded by stupendously tall walls, outside of which lays the Maze During the day, the Maze is kinda sorta safe But at night, the Grievers emerge These are half slug half woodshop tools that enjoy slicing and dicing apart anyone unfortunate to encounter them They can also sting you, which causes much mayhem and requires the administering of Grief Serum, which triggers the Changing SIDEBAR What Is It With Authors Of Dystopian Novels Capitalizing Really Important Words It s Annoying Find A New Stylistic Approach That I Can Later Become Exasperated With.Anyway, Thomas situation is bleak, made bleaker when a number of unfortunate coincidences causes him to bear witness to some truly awful acts of violence Let s just say one untrustworthy soul is unwittingly tossed into the Maze at night and then a girl not a boy suspiciously arrives the day after Thomas All of this, despite the Unnecessary Capitalization and the boys using completely pointless terminology like klunk and shuckface, is totally kitty fantastico The constant psychological mystery keeps nagging doubts at bay and the variety of personalities that populate the Glade is totally believable They talk like teenagers, they generally act like teenagers, and they form cliques and factions the way teenagers would From here on I m covering up spoilers , even though I think they re total nonsense and hilariously awful And because I advise you not to read this book, you should click them Just keeping the haters at bay Then Thomas view spoiler spends a night in hide spoiler