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Book one in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don’t miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!

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.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.

Also look for James Dashner’s edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series!

Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.” —EW.com

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.” Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.” Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly

Heart pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews

Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times

“James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on October 6, 2009 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385737947
ISBN-13: 9780385737944
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  • lotte_parker667
    lotte_parker667Monday, July 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm55 stars
    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! It can get kinda scary for younger kids, so 12+ probably, but it is SO good. Everyone should read this book series!
    • Derpy Girl 13Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm
      BEST.BOOKS.EVER!!!!!!!!! I recommend this to like everyone on the planet!
      • MoniqueMonday, May 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm
        Really great book! Very interesting never read a book quite like it so it was very new to me! Good for people who like action and a little mystery. It’s very entertaining and keeps you guessing. I loved and I’m a very picky reader so I think the book is very good and I recommend reading it!!!
        • outgirl
          outgirlMonday, May 6, 2019 at 1:04 pm44 stars
          Has anyone seen the movies?
          • bluefacebabyy
            bluefacebabyyThursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:17 am55 stars
            If you like super intense and suspenseful book than this book is for you. In this story Thomas comes up in a box and forgets everything, his name, his life before the maze. And his entire life. Read this book to find out about the journey of Thomas in the maze with scary creatures called “grievers” and if Thomas and his friends will escape.
            • thanoseries
              thanoseriesSaturday, March 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm55 stars
              set new record sadiekane lol
              • sadiekane
                sadiekaneThursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:32 am55 stars
                amazing book I have read the whole series I like how there are many antagonists in this story
                • CamelsSayMeowWednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
                  This book was so much better than i expected, James Dashner really knows how to write books. I felt like i was in the book, really facing the horrors, the tension, and the sadness. 10/10
                  • freckleface04
                    freckleface04Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:20 am33 stars
                    love this book
                    • willowstarr
                      willowstarrThursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:02 am
                      Such an amazing book! I've read so many books and Enjoy these so much. There probably one of my favorite books! I would suggest them. They are shorter but they do have more than one book in the series. If you are younger and get scared easily I would not tell you to read these books. There not scary to me just a great book ;)