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 thirty 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.
I was pretty skeptical about reading this book because of its cover claim that it is a must for fans of The Hunger Games. I’m not going to say that it is as good as the Hunger Games but I was pleased to find that I did enjoy the book. The start was a bit slow and the frustration the main character, Thomas, felt was shared by me. But it does allow the reader the better understand the position the characters are in. The world they are living in is harsh. The fact that they seem to have everything they could ask for to survive may seem lucky but they have lost their memories and are surrounded by a maze filled with hideous creatures that they can’t seem to solve. When Thomas turns up though things begin to change. People are suspicious about him particularly when the first ever girl is sent to the Glade but Thomas just want to be free and he will do what he thinks is right regardless of what they might find has happened to the world outside the maze.
It is a really dark idea for a dystopian but as a book it was an enjoyable read, The story moved forward at what I think I may even call the perfect pace with chapters ending on points that made you want to continue on. The action in the story was well placed and just enough was revealed along the way to keep you wanting more. The writing was easy to understand and the characters reflected well how different people would respond to that situation, As the main character Thomas point of view was relatable even for female readers and I particularly liked that his relationship with the female character wasn’t put across as his main concern. Overall I found this a good book and I think that this surprising me made it more enjoyable. It is one fans of dystopian and action novels should give a go and I am interested now to read the second story and discover just what kind of world we were being sheltered from.