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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.” —

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

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”

“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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  • 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 ;)
        • gabriana77
          gabriana77Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:46 pm55 stars
          Saw the movies, but I really want to read the book.
          • zelzmiySunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:47 am
            this is a great book. fast-paced with non-stop action. it will keep you (and the main charcter) gessing about the glade. worth checking out
            • yobrodude1
              yobrodude1Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:28 am55 stars
              Read it,love it
              • armcginn
                armcginnFriday, June 22, 2018 at 10:06 am55 starsFeatured
                This series is my all-time FAVORITE book series! book 1-(maze runner): best book ever! Full of wonder, excitement, awe, hope, violence, drama, and grievers! This unforgettable book is about an ever-changing maze, a group of teenage boys (and one girl!), who have been robbed of their memories of the world outside of the maze. "Welcome to the Glade."
                • the skywingTuesday, June 5, 2018 at 2:33 pm
                  all of them are great books they are amazing and I found my self biting my nails every page this is a good series if you like the hunger games and other science fiction books.
                  • septembergirl
                    septembergirlSaturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm55 stars
                    Best series ever!
                    • snibborj
                      snibborjFriday, May 25, 2018 at 11:53 pm44 stars
                      If you were a fan of books like the hunger games then you will like this! Another book where the main characters have to survive something which the government has created. You think they will never get out of the maze and you keep wondering just what is the maze anyway? Emotional parts when characters die will have you crying. You will be on edge during the fights with the creatures in the maze. Great and thrilling read!