The Maze Runner -
Everything is going to change...
Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.
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 enclosed 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, for as long as they can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they are closed tight. Every 30 days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Glader's were expecting Thomas's arrival. 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.
Something about the girl's arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling he might just have some answers. If only he could unlock the dark secrets that are buried within his mind.
The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Age: 13 and up
Okay, first things first I just want to let everyone know that I am a complete and utter bookaholic as well as a total perfectionist. I literally spent the past few days just trying to decide which book I wanted to do my first review on. It was almost set in stone when my friend gave me the Maze Runner to read. I stayed up till almost two o'clock in the morning two nights in a row desperate to finish the book, only to find myself lying in bed wide awake trying to take in what I had just finished reading and wishing I had taken my time because the worst part of a good book is always when it ends.
Although I only finished this book a few nights ago I know it is already one of my favourites. It was exceptionally written and fast-paced with one heck of a lot of twists and turns I never saw coming, and although the book is clearly written more for teen boys I recommend this to absolutely anyone looking for a great read.
The story begins with the main character, Thomas, being lifted out of the ground in a strange dark elevator called "the box" entering a world he had never seen before full of boys, all teenagers, all trapped in a manmade game with only one objective, to escape. Approximately 50 teenage boys are all trapped in a place called the Glade surrounded in Stone walls surrounded by a maze filled with vicious beasts called Grievers, that has seemingly no solution.
Although hope seems like a waste of energy in the place called the Glade the boys have developed a small society where everyone has a job, there are the Farmers, the Gardeners the Builders and the Runners....Who go out and run through the maze constantly searching for the exit that seems less likely to exist every day. Being tested like lab rats, the best of the best are put together and pushed to their limit. The survivors would be used. But for a purpose no one dared imagine.
I wish I could go into more detail but I'm afraid I'm going to spoil it. I seriously LOVED this book and you should go check it out!
Till next time.