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If you haven’t yet read James Dashner’s fast-paced, riveting Maze Runner series, take note: You still have time to devour all three books before the second movie, The Scorch Trials, hits theaters on September 18. To whet your palate, EW exclusively brings you the Top Kindle Highlights for the series. Check them out below, then start reading:

Maze Runner (Book 1):

“You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin’ up. Plain and simple.”

“But there was something about the largest object in the solar system vanishing that tended to disrupt normal schedules.”

“Minho looked at Thomas. “I nominate this shank to replace me as Keeper of the Runners.”

“I mean, it should be impossible—sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen.”

“I swear, Chuck,” he whispered to no one. “I swear I’ll get you back home.”

“That’s just my way of saying I would’ve killed you if you’d died.”

“Nice to meet ya, shank,” the boy said. “Welcome to the Glade.”

“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.”

“But nothing sent chills up and down Thomas’s spine like the haunted, deathly moans that somehow escaped the creature when it sat still, like the sound of dying men on a battlefield.”

“So he was going to get stung by a Griever. Go through the Changing. On purpose.”

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, Book 2):

“He turned to look just in time to see the rain start falling outside, as if the storm had finally decided to weep with shame for what it had done to them.”

“He wasn’t dead. Unless the afterlife was just a crappy room of blackness.”

“He shot me.” It just came out, a new number one on the list of the dumbest things he’d ever said.”

“Minho flexed his right arm. “If these people are really the girls Aris was hanging out with, I’ll show ’em these guns of mine and they’ll go runnin’.”

“The rain fell in torrents, like God had sucked up the ocean and spit it out over their heads in fury.”

“It’s what you would’ve wanted us to do.”

“There are no rules. There are no guidelines. You have few supplies, and there’s nothing to help you along the way. Go through the Flat Trans at the time indicated. Find open air. Go one hundred miles, directly north, to the safe haven. Make it or die.”

“Keeps the Flare at bay because the virus thrives in your brain. Eats at it, destroys it. If there’s not a lot of activity, the virus weakens.”

“Shuck it,” Minho responded. “I’m tougher than nails. I could still kick your pony-lovin’ butt with twice this pain.”

“You’ll be cured of the Flare. That’s exactly two weeks—starting the second you step through the Trans. If you don’t make it, eventually you’ll end up dead.”

The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, Book 3):

“As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.”

“What was the point of even having a conversation when words couldn’t be trusted?”

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore,” Thomas said, hearing the numbness in his own voice. He desperately wanted sleep. “Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible.”

“Minho looked at Thomas, a serious expression on his face. “If I don’t see you on the other side,” he said in a sappy voice, “remember that I love you.” Snickering at Thomas’s eye roll, he went through the doors and they closed.”

“Fear of the unknown no longer controlled him. Hope had found its way in and taken hold.”

“All right, then,” the man said. “Follow me. And remember, if any of your body parts become detached due to an unfortunate encounter with a Crank, I highly advise you to leave said body part behind and run like hell. Unless it’s a leg, of course.”

“Sometimes they do things just to make me do the opposite of what they think I think they think I want to do.”

“Awwww,” Minho said. “That’s almost as sweet as that time she slammed the end of a spear into your shuck face.”

“If you’re cool with slowly going crazy and wanting to eat small children, then I guess we won’t cry for you.”

“It’s a very old axiom, but do you believe the end can justify the means? When there’s no choice left?”

The Maze Runner
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