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 listened to it in one setting all of the way through. It's quite short at 10 hours, but engaging.
My only complaint was the language. Now let's be honest, this is young adult fiction so it does not contain strong foul language, but instead the Author made up her own replacements for foul language and used them GRATUITOUSLY. It detracted heavily from the contents of what was a very intriguing story line. A few times it made me slightly uncomfortable because of it as I listened.
Answers Next Book!
Probably not. It was pretty good but I try to only recommend books that I'm totally in love with. I hate when it feels that a book was written and then split into 3 books to make more $. I'm a little curious about the next book but probably not enough to buy it for myself. However, my partner might feel differently.
It feels like the Hunger Games but I don't feel as connected to the characters.
None really stood out in this book.
No--I listened to it over a few days.
A Sci-Fi & Fantasy listener first. Then a great Action Adventure / Spy listener (LUDLUM), then I listen to books with my 20 something daughter so she has someone to talk to them about. I do get entertained by her selections even though I would have never chosen some titles myself. There is a great variety in my Library!
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a dream where they have been trapped and have had to figure a way out to end the nightmare. For a group of teens they are given somethings needed to survive and occasionally another child. All this why they constantly try to solve a maze that could mean their freedom without getting hurt or killed. The Glade is their home that they get locked into every night, while the maze is constantly changing. I have not ruined anything about this book. Listen to find out more!
Fast paced, got my attention right away.
Just didn't like the ending, but guess I'll have to listen to the next one!
The edge of your seat action that mad me crank through all three books in as many days.
Absolutely, could not sleep, or eat. Had to finish this book.
While I genuinely enjoyed different aspects of this story, I couldn't get past the similarities to Hunger Games. Also, while I know the intended audience is YA, I had hoped that I could enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the writing style of, Suzanne Collins. Needless to say, I didn't. But don't let that deter you from listening to this audio book.
James Dashner does bring some originality to this work, albeit while leaving huge gaping holes in his plot, forcing the reader to ask, "where did that come from?" Of course those questions are never answered in this first installment of his series, hoping that you'll catch the fire (sorry, couldn't resist as I'm caught up in my comparison) of the story.
I am mildly intrigued to discover the aftermath, but not enough to listen or read the subsequent books. More likely I will buy the prequel to this book that Dashner is set to release in AUG 2012, and hope that gives me enough insight to satisfy my curiosity.
Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies. Fun. A little less emotional. Good mystery. Easy to follow even if you are not concentrating.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Out think yourself
Thomas, he tries to overcome an unknown yet regretable past, and help those around him.
Newt was done very well
I enjoyed it, and the author seemed to think of everything
Must read the rest of the series.
I was really excited about this trilogy and had really high hopes with the good reviews it was receiving, but when I heard the juvenile speech of these supposedly “smarter than average” teens I was reminded of some five year olds sticking their tongues out at each other. !!!Spoiler alert!!! With the amount of times that Thomas promised his 12 year old friend that he would get him home safe I just knew the kid was going to die. So many things wrong with the books that I don’t even want to bother listing them all. This could have been a GREAT story if the maturity level was on par with the situation these kids were in. Also, there were too many “secrets” kept. It’s nice to keep the audience wondering about the BIG picture, but there were so many secrets to keep track of that I stopped caring. When the secrets finally come to light it left me wondering why they were secrets at all. So disappointed :(
As for the reader; he was just okay. He made all the Hispanic characters sound like ghetto Mexicans going to a Raider's game. The interpretation of these characters added to the misplaced juvenile type speech that was driving me crazy.
I was warned that this was a "tween" novel (or a novel written for teenagers) but I expected it to be a little more mature than it was. It was more immature than the Hunger Games series. I liked the idea of the story about the seemingly inexplainable maze but it was a little flaky for me. The timing was a little off in that the author would all of a sudden say it had been a week when nothing had really happened or sometimes after a conversation, suddenly an entire day was supposed to have passed. I would have enjoyed it more if I were at the age group for which the book was written (I'm in my early 30s).
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