Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: October 6th 2009
Series: Maze Runner #1
Genres: Boys & Men, Friendship, Social Issues, Visionary & Metaphysical, Young Adult
Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.
Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?
Thomas was whiny. I understand he has woken up in a strange place, had his memory wiped and has monsters trying to kill him. But COME ON, the other boys had been there longer and they didn’t complain half as much has he did.
The romance, if you could even call it that. I get that they’d known each other before the mind wipe, but even still it just felt so Insta-love, but at the same time they felt distant, like they didn’t really like each other. To be honest I just didn’t like Teresa at all.
Thomas was not the only one frustrated with the lack of answers. I was getting annoyed with how little the story had progressed for awhile there in the middle. Just as I was getting to the point where I might consider skimming, it decided to pick up.