The Maze Runner, James Dashner
The Maze Runner is a 2009 young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American author James Dashner and the first book
released in The Maze Runner series. The novel was published on October 6, 2009, by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, and was made into a 2014 major motion picture by 20th Century Fox, directed by Wes Ball.
Wikipedia & Spark Notes
Characters (adapted from Spark Notes)
Thomas A teenage boy and the story’s main protagonist. Inquisitive and quick-witted. He often rejects authority. Caring, loyal. Shows responsibility to those around him. Courageous and impulsive. His heroic acts earn him both friends and adversaries.
Teresa A teenage girl and the only female resident of the Glade. Strength, intelligence, confidence, and fearlessness. Teresa shares a telepathic connection with Thomas, as well as a past neither remembers. Though a target of suspicion, she proves herself to be trustworthy.
Chuck An awkward, chubby Glader around age 12 or 13. Thomas’s first real friend in the Glade. His silliness annoys some of the Gladers. His abilities are underestimated.
Alby Leader and oldest of the Gladers. He tries to maintain order at all costs. Seen as mean or harsh, though he sometimes jokes and allows himself to be vulnerable.
Newt A former Runner who serves as second-in-command after he is injured in the Maze. He is Alby’s closest and most trusted ally. He is kind, friendly, and trustworthy, motivated by his care for the Glade’s residents.
Minho The Keeper of the Runners, Minho is fast, both mentally and physically. Smart and strong-minded, he acts based on his deep knowledge of the Maze. He has a sarcastic sense of humor, but may also be quick-tempered. A trusted and loyal friend to Thomas and Newt.
Gally The main antagonist. He is the keeper of The Builders, and a loud-mouthed bully. Gally dislikes and distrusts Thomas. He cares about the safety of the Glade and believes in the importance of rules.
Ben A Builder who has been stung by a Griever. The attack has altered Ben’s former personality and left him mentally unstable and prone to physical violence.
Freak, that’s the Number One Rule, the only one you’ll never be forgiven for breaking. Ain’t nobody—nobody—allowed in the Maze except the Runners. Break that rule, and if you ain’t killed by the Grievers, we’ll kill you ourselves, you get me? Spark Notes 2
Suggested support material
- Mark Deakins, 2009 The Maze Runner Listening Library Audiobook
- Summary and study guide Spark Notes quiz
- James Dashner Following Author's site
- James Dashner, 2009. The Maze Runner PenguinRH Ebook
- Class time content