The Maze Runner Review and Giveaway!

Wow, this week has been fabulous, with discussions on language, tribal communities, the use of gender, and the outstanding pacing of THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner. I hope you've enjoyed the discussion as much as I have.

In celebration of this title, we're giving away two copies! A hardcover and a paperback! All you have to do is comment on this post by Sunday, and Beth will announce the winners on Monday morning!

Since the others have done such a great job of bringing up the talkable aspects of the book, I'm just going to give you one of my twitter reviews.

THE MAZE RUNNER in 140 characters or less: Running through a maze, trying to find a way out. Can Thomas find the exit b4 becoming Griever food? And time is running out for everyone... (So I abbreviated before. Sue me. It fits in exactly 140 chars!)

Characters: All boy society--at least until "the last one" comes. Thomas: fearful yet courageous; loyal. I really liked him, and was rooting for him. (3 characters left over. Whew.)

Plot: Find a way out, stat. Worldbuilding was done well; Dashner gave me what I needed right when I needed it. Consequences: high. Ending: wow. (Again, 3 characters left. Do I detect a pattern?)

My favorite part: When Thomas goes to the cemetery. I don't know why, but I really found that part touching. I connected to him in that moment; I cared. (6 characters. Dangitall. There goes my patterning.)

What do you think? Have you read this book? In 140 characters or less, tell me what you thought!


I bought THE SCORCH TRIALS the day it came out. I haven't read it yet, but it's at the top of my TBR pile. I can't wait to see what James Dashner has in store for Thomas!

40 comments:

~The Book Pixie said...

OMG! I have been dying to read The Maze Runner! It sounds so totally awesome! Count me in and thanks for the giveaway. :D

~Briana
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Kulsuma said...

WOW!! I really want to read this. Count me in if this is international please:)

k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

Matthew Rush said...

I want one!

Adam Heine said...

Count me in.

Mesmerix said...

Have not read it, but now I'm interested.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I haven't read any Dashner, but am intrigued from all the reviews. I have four sons, so I'd be interested in reading about the boy community, adventure, and passing it on to my energetic readers!

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

ooh ooh ooh! I hope i win a copy cuz i really want to read this!

Bethany Mason said...

This week has left me wanting to read read it so count me in.

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Kay said...

One of my students introduced me to this one last spring, and I've wanted to read it ever since. Maybe I'll get lucky and win one so I can add it to the top of my TBR pile that towers on the corner of my desk and lurks in corners.

Lisa_Gibson said...

I so need to read this. AND Scorch Trials. Both sound fabulous!
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Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Julie said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I can't wait to read these! cla37619 at gmail dot com

C. Michael Fontes said...

I LOVE the recent upswing in GREAT dystopic-ish novels! I hope I win this, if not, I will have to buy it!

Joy D. Fanning said...

Sounds like a good read! Count me in!!

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Melody said...

After this week of rave reviewing for THE MAZE RUNNER, you can most definitely count me in for the contest!!!! I've got to read this book! :)

Tracy Loewer said...

I can't wait to read it!

throuthehaze said...

I have been dying to read this book!
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Addictedtolife said...

I'm DYING to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amber Argyle-Smith said...

I finally got my copy from the library yesterday! I was hoping to read a couple chapters and then cook dinner.

Needless to say, my husband cooked dinner. And got the kids ready for bed. And grumbled as he went up the stairs FOR bed.

Because he's learned there IS NO wife when she's reading a book THAT GOOD.

Hunger Games good.

I may not be able to wait on the library for the next one . . .

Tia said...

A great dose of mystery, excitement, and dystopia!

I really enjoyed Maze Runner and flew through the sequel, Scorch Trials. I'd love to own a copy!

Jemi Fraser said...

I just ordered it in my classroom's book order - so I'll be grabbing it before the kids get their hands on it! :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I want a copy--Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks.

mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

norma said...

Sounds intriguing. A thousand questions are pumping through my brain as I write. Guess I'll just have to buy the book! Ha!

Jenna said...

I actually recieved the sequel from Random House, but I don't own and I haven't read the first book in the series. I'd love to be entered to win a copy.

Thanks!

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Bittersweet Fountain said...

Haven't read it, but want too!

Kailia Sage said...

Thanks so much!

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Kailia Sage said...

Thanks so much!

twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

Gabrielle Carolina said...

Sounds like another torturously good series in the making!

Krispy said...

Okay, yeah, I really need to pick this up. All the posts from this week hooked me.

Badass Bookie said...

Everyone has been talking about this book! I feel so left out that I haven't read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Niki Smith said...

Loved this book, and can't wait to read book 2!

Minas said...

I would love a copy of this book! Please enter me in your giveaway! Thank you!

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Myrna Foster said...

I haven't read anything by Dashner yet, but I'd love to.

Janet Johnson said...

I started it with someone else's copy so haven't finished it. Definitely keeps you turning pages, trying to figure out what's going on!

And love the twitter review, btw. :)

Bookish in a Box said...

I've been wanting to read The Maze Runner since it came out in paperback, but I haven't had a chance to yet. It sounds amazing!

Sharli said...

I really need to read this xD Please count me in if it's international :)

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Sena said...

I haven't read this book, but have read loads of great reviews on it! Hope I win! :) Thanks!

sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

Meadow said...

I've heard lots of good things about this book. I'd love to read it! :)

buddyt said...

I would dearly love to read this book after all the good reviews I have read.

If the giveaway is open worldwide, please enter me.

Thank you.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Shannon O'Donnell said...

The Maze Runner is a buckle-up-and-hold-on-tight ride from start to finish. It was, without doubt, the best book of 2009!

Pick me!! *jumps and waves frantically* :-)

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GABY said...

Oh yes, I'd love to read it!

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