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Book of the Week: The Maze Runner
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The Maze Runner coverThe Maze Runner coverOur book of the week is The Maze Runner, a thrilling dystopian young adult novel and the first in a trilogy of the same name by author James Dashner. With amnesia, monsters and mazes, this book delivers on page-turning elements that fans of the genre have come to crave, and packs an intensity that Publisher's Weekly describes as "breathless, cinematic action." A quick synopsis: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first namThe Maze Runner covere. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. Want more details? Check out the book trailer from Random House. Learning Ally members can download The Maze Runner from our accessible audiobook library here.  


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