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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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  • 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?
        • smokey7990
          smokey7990Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:42 am33 stars
          i have read all books and watched all 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
            • pokemonlover405
              pokemonlover405Thursday, 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 ;)
                    • gabriana77
                      gabriana77Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:46 pm55 stars
                      Saw the movies, but I really want to read the book.