Analyzing James Dashner's 'The Maze Runner'

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1.What is the title of your book?
The title of my book is “The Maze Runner” By: James Dashner

2.Give a re-tell of your book using signal words like: in the beginning, in the middle and in the end.
In the beginning, there is this kid who wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his past other than the fact that his name is Thomas. When it the elevator doors open, he is pulled into a huge glade by a bunch of teenage boys who also have no memories besides what they should be called. They all share a strange vocabulary, a fondness for capitalizing words to make them special, and the same mysterious fate.

Thomas gradually discovers that the Glade is run by two boys, Alby and Newt, who maintain order by enforcing strict rules and keeping all of
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Not only that, the code that the Maze has been spelling out is their ticket to escape.

A large group of them decide to make a run for it, knowing that it could be suicide trying to take on the Grievers but figuring that nothing could be worse than being stuck in the Glade. They succeed, only to find out that what they've been doing is an experiment being conducted by the Creators, a group called WICKED, who may or may not be evil. The boys and Teresa then get "rescued" by some kind of rebel group and brought to a safe haven while being told about "the Flare"—an apocalyptic occurrence that killed off half of the world's population.

3.What is the point of view?How do you know? (give quote and page number) to support your thinking
The point of view is third person limited. I know this because on page 159 it says “Finally, Newt put his notepad down and stepped out from the semicircle, screaming at people to shut up.”

4.Who is the main character?Identify TWO of their character traits.Give evidence (quote and page number) to support the two traits
Thomas
Brave- P. 120“He couldn't leave a friend to die, even someone as cranky as
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Some of the little conflicts include children's memories getting erased and not knowing how they got to the mysterious village which everyone lives in. Overall the main conflict is the fact that all of the children are basically trapped in their village. There is a big wall that opens everyday. On other side of the wall is the maze.There are runners that will go out into the maze to see if they can find an exit to the real world. This is really hard considering the maze changes its shape everyday.This is a person versus person problem. This is the maze children versus the makers of the maze. The conflict is similar to one of the conflicts in "The Mocking Jay". In the Mocking Jay the people in district 13 have to hide from the rest of the public just like the children in "The Maze Runner.

6.How was the CENTRAL CONFLICT resolved?How do you know? Explain your thinking.
The conflict gets resolved when they find the exit to the real world located in the maze. The conflict that cannot be fixed is the fact that all of their memories have been erased. Some of the kids try and get stung be the mystical creatures in the maze due to the fact that it will give you flashbacks of your past. Thomas , the main character, discovers something horrible from his past in this process. Although the main conflict had been solved by escaping the maze, this doesn't mean there aren't going to be worse problems in the future.

7.What is

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