Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books
Release Date: September 2009
Series: The Maze Runner #1
4 STARS: I Really Liked It
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.
My husband recommended this book to me. It’s so great to have a hubby who loves to read young adult fiction like me!
Thomas is just a likeable 16-year-old guy. He has no memories of his life or people he knew which made me feel for him and cheer him on from the beginning. The mystery of the “glade” and why all these boys are there with their memories taken away kept me reading. I liked the action and mystery. I think I’ll enjoy the next book even better with more answers.
I especially recommend this book for teenage boys since all but one of the characters are teenage boys. There is some violence. It’s still a great read for girls and adults though!