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The Maze Runner 1

Book One

Maze Runner Band 1

James Dashner

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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, and
Maze Runner: The Death Cure all 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.


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.”



nail-biting must-read.”



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

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

[STAR] "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

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 416
Altersempfehlung 12 - 17 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-385-73795-1
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,8/13,9/3 cm
Gewicht 335 g

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A. Satter, Thalia-Buchhandlung

Nervenaufreibende Story über in einem Labyrinth gefangene Kinder. Doch es steckt so viel mehr dahinter als nur eine Flucht aus dem Labyrinth!

Vanessa Pludra, Thalia-Buchhandlung Berlin

The amazing prelude of an exciting and action-packed new series which just makes you want to read all the other books immediately. I loved this book and its great atmosphere!


9 Bewertungen

von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Magdeburg am 13.06.2016
Bewertet: anderes Format

Interessantes Konzept, aber die Nebencharaktere sind teilweise echt interessanter als der Protagonist. Leider fand ich auch die Schreibweise machmal nervig.

von Elaine Hammond am 16.03.2016
Bewertet: anderes Format

A thrilling plot full of amazing characters and interesting world-building in a dystopian setting.

Beware of "The Maze Runner", it's extremely gripping and addictive!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 29.05.2015
Bewertet: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

Imagine waking up in a cold, metal lift, nothing but darkness surrounding you, and the worst part: you don't know how you got there. And better yet: you don't remember anything but your name. Wouldn't you be scared to death? That's exactly what Thomas feels like when he finds himself in that situation. But things don't get bette... Imagine waking up in a cold, metal lift, nothing but darkness surrounding you, and the worst part: you don't know how you got there. And better yet: you don't remember anything but your name. Wouldn't you be scared to death? That's exactly what Thomas feels like when he finds himself in that situation. But things don't get better when the doors of the lift finally open and he finds out he's trapped inside a huge maze. However, he's not the only one. About fifty other boys of different age, race and personality have been sent to this strange place too, and they don't know the reason for why they were put there either. The only difference between Thomas and the rest of the boys is that he's not willing to accept this "new life", he's determined to escape the labyrinth. Getting out won't be easy, he knows that, considering the deadly half-machine, half-animal creatures called "Grievers" are programmed to attack and kill humans. But staying isn't an option either, so Thomas goes down a road of no return. Personally, I find the idea of this whole book series very extraordinary. James Dashner created a whole new world (literally) and keeps the reader riveted by Thomas' adventures inside the maze. Dashner describes what the main character is thinking and feeling precisely enough to make you go through the same inner turmoil that he's in, but doesn't exaggerate, which is what keeps the story thrilling and gripping. The end of Book 1 leaves you breathless and excited to read what's going to happen next, because this is by far not the end of the story. Fortunately there are 3 more books you can sink your teeth into, and there's also a DVD and Blu-Ray available, so you can watch the motion picture based on the first novel over and over.

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  • Chapter 1
    He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.
    Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air. His back struck a hard metal wall; he slid along it until he hit the corner of the room. Sinking to the floor, he pulled his legs up tight against his body, hoping his eyes would soon adjust to the darkness.
    With another jolt, the room jerked upward like an old lift in a mine shaft.
    Harsh sounds of chains and pulleys, like the workings of an ancient steel factory, echoed through the room, bouncing off the walls with a hollow, tinny whine. The lightless elevator swayed back and forth as it ascended, turning the boy's stomach sour with nausea; a smell like burnt oil invaded his senses, making him feel worse. He wanted to cry, but no tears came; he could only sit there, alone, waiting.
    My name is Thomas, he thought.
    That... that was the only thing he could remember about his life.
    He didn't understand how this could be possible. His mind functioned without flaw, trying to calculate his surroundings and predicament. Knowledge flooded his thoughts, facts and images, memories and details of the world and how it works. He pictured snow on trees, running down a leaf-strewn road, eating a hamburger, the moon casting a pale glow on a grassy meadow, swimming in a lake, a busy city square with hundreds of people bustling about their business.
    And yet he didn't know where he came from, or how he'd gotten inside the dark lift, or who his parents were. He didn't even know his last name. Images of people flashed across his mind, but there was no recognition, their faces replaced with haunted smears of color. He couldn't think of one person he knew, or recall a single conversation.
    The room continued its ascent, swaying; Thomas grew immune to the ceaseless rattling of the chains that pulled him upward. A long time passed. Minutes stretched into hours, although it was impossible to know for sure because every second seemed an eternity. No. He was smarter than that. Trusting his instincts, he knew he'd been moving for roughly half an hour.
    Strangely enough, he felt his fear whisked away like a swarm of gnats caught in the wind, replaced by an intense curiosity. He wanted to know where he was and what was happening.
    With a groan and then a clonk, the rising room halted; the sudden change jolted Thomas from his huddled position and threw him across the hard floor. As he scrambled to his feet, he felt the room sway less and less until it finally stilled. Everything fell silent.
    A minute passed. Two. He looked in every direction but saw only darkness; he felt along the walls again, searching for a way out. But there was nothing, only the cool metal. He groaned in frustration; his echo amplified through the air, like the haunted moan of death. It faded, and silence returned. He screamed, called for help, pounded on the walls with his fists.
    Thomas backed into the corner once again, folded his arms and shivered, and the fear returned. He felt a worrying shudder in his chest, as if his heart wanted to escape, to flee his body.
    "Someone... help... me!" he screamed; each word ripped his throat raw.
    A loud clank rang out above him and he sucked in a startled breath as he looked up. A straight line of light appeared across the ceiling of the room, and Thomas watched as it expanded. A heavy grating sound revealed double sliding doors being forced open. After so long in darkness, the light stabbed his eyes; he looked away, covering his face with both hands.
    He heard noises above--voices--and fear squeezed his chest.
    "Look at that shank."
    "How old is he?"
    "Looks like a kl