Hardcover, 379 pages
“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.”
This book was recommended by lovers of the Hunger Games series. My hopes were set high for this book. I was looking for the action, the well in depth characters.
Now for the first half of the book, I felt like a beheaded chicken. I had no idea what was going on or how to imagine the place they were living in. (Much like what Thomas felt actually) But towards the middle/end I actually got into the book and the action and the story came alive. (I’m still a little confused on what a griever actually looks like) But I did enjoy the second half of the book and yes, things were definitely explained, and I’m glad that I finished it.
But…I don’t think I really ever found the characters. I couldn’t really connect with the characters. I kept being told what they felt but I never really “felt” what they felt. I didn’t really connect with any of them. Although I did like Newt for some odd reason. Not so much in the end though, (But that happens sometimes) and I wish that Teresa was into the story more than just in the end. (Although I’m sure she will be in the next book, at least I think so.) I liked Chuck at some parts and other parts he was kind of annoying, although so was Thomas.
I liked the “world” that was created in the maze and how everyone had a part to play, or else chaos would erupt. And after awhile once they arrived from “the box” they got into the routine and the hang of the language/lingo. Now, the language was another thing was bizarre yet strangely worked. At first, I really couldn’t get over the language. But in the end you kind of grow used to it, as the Gladers do.
For those who haven’t read the book, (It may be slow in the beginning, but keep going) or are skeptical about finishing it. Finish it, it makes sense in the end, at least to the main questions and it does make you want to keep reading and know the whole story behind the Trials and the Maze. I give this book a 3. While I felt it had it’s flaws, as every book does. I did enjoy the book. If your looking for action like in the Hunger Games, then yes I recommend it.