Author: James Dashner
Provided Synopsis: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. 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 thirty 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.
Review: Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? If so then it is recommended that you give The Maze Runner a read.
Thomas wakes up one day in a box that it moving towards an unknown destination. He does not know where he is; he possesses no memories other than the knowledge of his name. When the box opens he is surrounded by a group of boys that live in a place they have dubbed the Glade. All have come to their current habitat in the same manner as Thomas. None of them know what to do besides live the life they have scrambled together while they wait for a selected few of them to solve the maze that surrounds them.
Up to this point I was strangely reminded of Lord of the Flies in the sense that these boys have established order and community to live within their means — they were a stark contrast to the chaos in Flies. Thomas’ appearance in the maze begins to shake things up, however. He feels a pull towards the maze and the dangers that can be found within it. Even more interesting is the recognition he feels towards an unprecedented event in the Glade as one day a girl emerges from the box. Up until this point there had only been boys.
Where is the Glade? Why are they there? What is the maze and can it even be solved? How can the Gladers survive against the creatures that roam in the maze’s corridor? Thomas questions all of this; he also seems to find answers to everything, which was one of my few complaints with this book.
Heavy with action, memorable characters, and an element of thrill and intrigue that kept me turning the pages, I would recommend this book to all who are interested in another dystopian world to emerge themselves in. Who are the Creators and why are they so ruthless? The run to find out was quite the journey, and let us just say that the ending of this book was so explosive that I almost felt the need to bump the rating up to five stars on that merit alone. Can’t wait to get book two!