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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 backwards 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 upwards like an old lift in a mine shaft.

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The first book in James Dashner's New York Times bestselling series – now major movies!

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 half-machine-half-animal Grievers that patrol the corridors to try and find out.

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Author notes

'This first book in the trilogy was heavily inspired by two books I loved as a kid: Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies. It was years in the making, but once I started writing it came together pretty quickly.'

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The day has finally come! The newest instalment in James Dashner’s multi-million-selling Maze Runner series, The Fever Code, is available in shops today. A sequel-to-the-prequel, The Fever Code promises answers to all of fans’ burning questions about the origins of Thomas, the other Gladers and the Maze – you will never see the truth coming …

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