Genre: YA Science Fiction
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 empty.
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 anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, 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 is sent up--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 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 might have some answers--if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.
The Maze Runner has been sitting on my bookshelf for the past few months and I'm disappointed in myself for taking so long to read it. It was absolutely amazing. The tension is thick from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down and ended up staying up until 3:30 two nights in a row reading it (even though I was supposed to be getting my sleep schedule back in order for school).
Thomas is a great MC. He's smart, brave, and willing to sacrifice himself for everyone else. I think my favorite character other than Thomas is Minho (big shock that I would like the Korean boy, right?). I like his attitude and throughout the book I was desperately hoping he wouldn't die. Everyone else could die. Just not him.
Though I'm giddy to read the next book, The Scorch Trials, I'm scared of who's going to die next. Minho (and Newt, I suppose) better stay alive!
Can't wait until they turn it into a movie.
What did you think of the novel? Oh, and if you haven't read it yet, READ IT! щ(ಠ益ಠщ)