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.
©2009 James Dashner; (P)2009 Listening Library
I read the reviews about this book being violent and I wasn't worried. Turns out the violence is tolerable if you are over 14 but its just down right depressing and not uplifting in the least. I kept hoping there would be some sense of positivity somewhere but honestly its just one negative bleak brutal event after the next. I gave it three stars for being creative and different although the plot doesn't quite hold together.
Didn't care for this book. It annoyed me pretty much from the start for being overly cryptic. A boy wakes up alone in a box without a memory of anything and is pulled out by a bunch of boys who refuse to tell him anything even though they arrived in the same condition and were equally scared and freaked out. Instead it's, "stop asking questions and just do what your supposed to do." What??? I didn't really feel anything for the main character, Thomas, or anyone else for that matter. Newt was somewhat tolerable, but he couldn't save this story for me. Definitely won't be reading the other books in this trilogy. I hear they are making this into a movie. I think this is one of those cases where it will likely make a better movie than a book. I'll likely skip the movie too, so someone tell me how it is if you see it.
Unique dystopian story
Very unique story line, had no idea what to expect in each chapter. Great suspense.
Superb. Liked the change in voice for each of the characters, it was thrilling, felt like I was in a movie. The range of tones in his voice increased the suspense thought the story.
Listened to this with my family of 5 on a trip to Charleston, S.C. When we got to our hotel room we plugged in the iPod and all continued listening, forgoing dinner until we had completed it. Needles to say, we bought the 2nd book and listened on the return journey.
Dances with the masses . . .
Yes. I listen at work and this was a good easy read. I enjoyed the story and the action. While I don't think it explores any great deeper meaning, it is good fun.
I found the relationships between the young men and their finding their place in the group interesting. I also liked witnessing the development of their friendships to each other.
Less interesting was any attempt at a love story or romance. I never really felt like I wanted Alice and Thomas to end up together. This book is good without a romance.
Yes. It was very easy to tell the difference between the characters and the pacing and attitude of the characters was well defined.
It could stand alone, but since the author has already written two, I'll say yes.
Yes and no. If my friend was a teenager or just into "YA" books I would recommend this book with a couple of warnings-yes, this book has a fresh and unique premise. Yes, I liked the whole concept of these guys being trapped in a world with very little memory of who they are and how they got there and yes, I like the fact that the runners had to figure out how to crack the maze and battle the maze monsters. Now for the bad, No, I would not recommend this book because of the weak character development. Considering most of the book was about the characters it would have been nice if they had more depth and personality and weren't so damn dense. I also felt that there was too much drama. With all that fighting and arguing It kinda felt like I was listening to one of those family reality shows on Cable! And no, because the book didn't spend enough time focusing on the maze itself.
I cannot recall ever listening to any other books by James Dashner. Can't compare.
man, I don't know. Maybe give the characters more life. He probably could've done a better job with Teresa(I think that's her name). She seemed a little boring to me.
Well I finished the book so yes, it was worth listening to. Like I said, I liked the concept of this book and some parts were pretty cool so no,I don't think it was a waste of at all.
I think this series has potential. I've noticed that book 1 in a series is usually the weakest so I might get book 2 to see if the Author improves on the story arc. One more thing to James Dashner, I know your not saying they are but young adults aren't stupid, you don't have to spell everything out for them.
I'll keep it short. Very enjoyable book. The story has a very slow build up. However, if you can stick with it, the story does ramp up quite a lot and the pace really picks up at the end. It leave a fairly decent cliffhanger that keeps the reader looking forward toward book 2. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and the dystopian society genre.
The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, and similar
The story became very suspenseful toward the end.
Character development and dialogue.I read a review before I downloaded this story that said something about annoying fake curse words being used too much. I thought that seemed kind of trivial at the time but I have since changed my opinion on that.The use of these made up curse words is absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I was offended by the use of the language, I was just extremely annoyed by the frequency of such stupid words. Even if the author would've used real curse words I would still argue that even vulgor people wouldn't use them so frequently. It actually distracts from the story.I think I am being generous by giving three stars. The only reason I did was because I enjoyed the story idea and premise. Mark Deakins also does a good job of reading and giving unique voices to each character, so I didn't want to rate the "Performance" low either.
I do not have any specific input to provide about the ending. It kind of followed suit with the whole story. It is suitable for the circumstances but just not well executed. A little rough.
Yes. Mark Deakins' narration was very well done. Great voice for reading and good ability to change and inflict his voice to give each character his/her own unique personality and sound.
I realize that I am not the target audience for the Maze Runner books, so I am willing to cut some slack. My son loved it. However, even though it was created for younger clients, it still lacked realistic behaviors, dialogue, and relationships.
The way the artist depicted the landscape and environment was redeeming. I could easily picture the maze in my mind. This could translate well to the big screen if done so by the right people.
If not for the excessive (fake) cursing, I would recommend this book for any pre-teen reader.
Most definitely... I already have.
It's a truly engaging and suspenseful story. Full of questions. A very unique dystopian world.
The story moved along well, keeping me involved the entire way through.
He had a nice voice and did a great job of telling the story.
What would it be like to not have any memories? This is a very different "child-led" society than "Lord of the Flies".
This story really made me think. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series. I don't know that I would recommend it for pre-teen kids. It is a little gruesome and scary.
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