When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. 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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark. The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl arrives in the lift—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.
I am absolutely, one hundred percent, recommending this book with a giant runner stamp of MammaHannah approval (in case that means anything). It is well constructed, intriguing and bountiful in suspense. I am a huge fan of suspense in novels and The Maze Runner does suspense with the greatest of ease. I found myself asking question after question…. Why are a group of kids trapped in a maze? Who could do such a thing? Has something awful happened to them?…. and then arguing with myself over the answers! And should you be wondering if the payoff of the mystery is worth reading this book from cover-to-cover, I can confirm that it most DEFINITELY is!
As the story unravels Thomas learns more and more about the dark shadows of his past, and we as readers learn this information with him. There is no backstory to beef out the first few chapters, to keep us one step ahead of our protagonist. No! We experience everything that Thomas experiences, when he experiences it! And that was somewhat refreshing to me. It made me devour every word on every page with greedy anticipation.
And so if you enjoy a book whose plot hits you square between the eyes then this is very much the book for you! And I wholeheartedly suggest that you READ THIS!