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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Book 1)

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Maze Runner Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 375 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; Reprint edition (August 24, 2010)

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When 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 gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside 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 alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
Thomas wakes in a box with no memory of his past, only his name. He is welcomed into the Glade by a group of boys who call themselves, the Gladers. Every last one of them woke up in the Box with no memory, just like Thomas. It's been two years since the first of the Gladers came here. Ever since then they've been growing a community, but also trying to solve the ever-changing maze that surrounds the glade. The only way out is through the Maze. Only the Runners, the best of the best, go into the maze at all, and Thomas knows, thats what he wants to be. But only a day after Thomas's arrival a girl comes up in the Box with a note that reads, She is the last one, ever. 

LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this amazing book. But be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. This book is often referred to as a Hunger Games look-a-like, but I'd like to disagree. Yes, yes, they're similar in some ways. But the Maze Runner, is so much creepier, more sinister, and honestly, I'd rather be with Katniss than Thomas. I watched the movie before I read the book, and I immediately latched onto Newt and Minho. In the first book, I liked Thomas as a character. He was a bit rash, but who isn't? Newt was just so cool, he just had a way about him the just screamed, best guy in the universe;

The there was Minho;

Hahahaha. I love him. Then there was Chuck

Finished this in about a day, I loved the action, the heart racing scenes. But it is tragic. So prepare yourselves.

The Scorch Trials (Book 2)

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Maze Runner Series (Book 2)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
The Maze was only the first trial, The Scorch is next. Teresa is gone and in her place a boy who claims he escaped from the Maze. His name is Aris. He doesn't know why he's with the Gladers. But he says his story is exactly like the Gladers only with girls and one guy instead of guys and one girl. One more thing, he can telepathically communicate with Thomas. He says he could also do it with the girl who came a day before him in the Box. The guys are told they have to cross a desert called, the Scorch in two weeks. They are told they have a mind affecting disease called the Flare. They are told they will receive this cure once they reach the safe haven on the other side of the Scorch. But if they don't make it in two weeks, it might already be too late for them.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! So there I am, reading this book at 11:50 PM in a hotel room, ALONE. I kept thinking Cranks were coming to get me. My mom came in at a really scary part and I almost had a heart attack. This book kept me on my toes and nothing was what is seemed. Thomas started getting on my nerves. Also Theresa

I just can't even prepare you for how much different this book is than the Maze Runner.

The Death Cure (Book 3)

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Maze Runner (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 8, 2013)

It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.
Thomas is alone. He is is told by Teresa that Rat Man told them that it was too late for Thomas, he was already Gone. But Thomas knows this isn't true. He is alone for three, almost four weeks before they let him out. They are told that they are Immune to the Flare, except for some. They are told that they will be given their memories back. But only if they want them.

THIS BOOK IS A SOUL RIPPING HEART SMASHING BOOK! James Dashner took my heart ripped it out, stomped on it, picked it up, then threw it, then retrieved it and ripped it in two, then tossed one half in a wood chipper, then the other in a Griever's mouth! I literally spent most of the night after I read this book crying my eyes out. Out of all my top five characters, only one survived through the series! My number two pick. I'm in a deep depression right now. Just don't talk to me. I'm dying slowly from heart failure.  I can't even explain to you how sad this book is. How much I hated the ending. I've chosen people who I want to substitute for the deaths of my top five so that they can live.

I hope you like it more than I did. These pictures should explain how I feel inside right about now.


  1. I bought book #1 recently, I hope to read it soon! I'm glad you loved the series, I'm sure I will to. Great reviews :)

  2. I have read all of these books! Minho and Newt are my favourite characters. To be honest though, you should really go and read the prequel The Kill Order! Although different, it is very good too :3 I can't remember the ending to triology much, but I am very grateful for that xD

  3. I tried reading The Kill Order, but I couldn't do it :( it's too upsetting


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