The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner

Written by James Dashner
Part of the Maze Runner Series Series

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A cracking sci-fi post-apocalyptic adventure thriller for 11+ year olds that has already taken the US by storm and is set to achieve similar success globally. When Thomas wakes up, walks out of the lift he’s in he finds himself in a walled encampment – the Glade - surrounded by a maze alongside lots of boys. He wonders how he got there but no one knows. All they all know is that every 30 days a new boy arrives and every morning the big wall comes down between the Glade and the world inhabited by the terrifying Grievers, part-animal, part machine, and the boys will risk everything, to find out why they’re there and every evening the wall goes up again. This really is adrenalin pumping reading that fans of Michael Grant’s Gone series, The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies will love.

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher I love books like this. You are plunged into the action, just as confused and frightened as the characters you meet. There are no rules – or none that make sense – but gradually you learn to survive, and to hope. Or is that another trick? This is brilliant, nail-gnashing stuff. Thanks, James, I didn’t want to sleep for a week anyway!

If they like Maze Runner they'll love Maladapted!


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrols its corridors, to find out.

The Maze Runner film was released in October 2014.

You can keep up with the news and gossip about the Maze Runner series @mazerunnerbooks and at

About the Author

James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of The Maze Runner and the 13th Reality series. James was born and raised in Georgia, USA, but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. After several years working in finance, he is now a full-time writer and winner of the 2009 Whitney Award for Best Youth Fiction.

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384 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

5th June 2014




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