Plot: Thomas wakes up in an elevator remembering nothing but his own name. He finds himself in a community of teenaged boys who know no more than he does. All they do know is that the the Glade is surrounded by a Maze they cannot escape and that monsters known as Grievers kill all who venture out at night. Their lives are spent exploring the Maze and simply trying to survive. But Thomas’ arrival and the arrival of a comatose girl will change everything they thought they knew.
You can’t help but be reminded of The Lord of the Flies when reading Dashner’s novel (although these boys do a much better job of governing themselves). It’s hard to live up to comparisons to classics but Dashner does a good job. This is an interesting mystery with a lot of action. The chapters are short and the pace never lets up. Just when you think that the gladers have been given a respite, the mystery depens. The boys themselves can be crude and rough but they are also remarkably clever and likable. This is a book that most the teenaged boys I know, and several of the girls, would love.
I look forward to reading The Scorch Trials, the second book in the trilogy. This strikes me as the type of story that gains in scope with every volume and I’m curious to discover the type of world that can do such horrific things to children.
Challenges: Into the Old World Challenge (21), Futuristic/Sci-Fi Challenge (3)