by James Dashner
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 30 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.
James Dashner created a unique world for us to emerge ourselves into and that is not an easy task these days. With a new dystopian released every week a person would think all the societies would start to sound the same but The Maze Runner, so far, has been different. Disclaimer: this book only covers a small portion of a bigger society which may not be so different. I have not read beyond book one at this point. From page one we are given detailed descriptions and the world building is great. I got a very clear picture of every character, the setting and everything in it.
The story did get off to a slow start for me and it took me a while to really get connected to this book. Once I was fully vested (which was around page 140) I could not read it fast enough. There is a lot of suspense in this book. We do not get to learn anything that Thomas, the protagonist, doesn't know. At times it did get old not knowing what was going on but I think that is only because I am impatient and this book has a ton of suspense. When all was revealed it was a huge relief.
As far as recommending the read...I'd say read it. I didn't fall in love with the story or the characters but I did really like it. It has good entertainment value, a well thought out plot, rich descriptions and unique characters.