This is a book that gives you more questions than answers. Though the pace moves a bit slowly at times, there is an undercurrent of urgency that makes the book a fast read. The details are vivid, and Dashner does a good job creating a world that is much different from other dystopian novels. I recommend it for fans of other post-Apocalyptic YA fiction like The Hunger Games or Divergent, or anyone looking to dive into a suspenseful new series.
Thomas wakes up in a cold metal box, disoriented, scared, and not altogether sure who he is. Suddenly, he’s greeted by light and the faces of a group of boys he doesn’t know, welcoming him to The Glade. It’s their home, surrounded by the looming stone walls of The Maze, an ever-changing labyrinth. Their memories, like Thomas’, have been wiped clean. Their lives are marked by order and routine, revolving around one thing: staying alive.
But suddenly everything changes. Because, soon after Thomas’ arrival, a girl is brought to the Glade. She’ll be the last. And she has a message. Everything is going to change. Without his memories, or a clue why he or any of the boys were brought there, Thomas knows one thing: the maze is their only way out. And he needs to find it.