Hey everyone today I am doing a book review on the first book of the Maze Runner.
Thomas is thrown into a new place called The Glade with his memory wiped clean. He can't escape because there is a huge maze with monsters called Grievers and no one can find a way out because the walls of the maze change all the time. Thomas becomes somewhat of a friend to Chuck while the other boys are not so sure of him. Thomas gets attack by a boy who is going through the change by getting stung by a Griever. Thomas decides that he wants to become a runner which a runner is who goes into the maze to find a way out. All of the sudden the game changes when a girl is thrown into the colony.... There is suppose to be only be guys in the Glade. The routine was that they get one new person a month but she was sent 2 days after Thomas arrived. She came with a warning that she is the last person ever to enter the Glade. A Griever died in the maze so Minho and Alby went to get it to see how it died. Alby got attacked and Minho couldn't get to the doors before they close at night so Thomas ran in after them and the doors closed behind him. Minho leaves Thomas and Alby to defend for themselves and Thomas comes face to face with a Griever for the first time. Thomas uses vines to his advantage to redirect the Griever to him instead of Alby. Thomas manages to get away from one then four come after him and Minho finds him and grabs him. Thomas and Minho survive the night which has never been done before. They go back to the Glade and everyone is not happy with Thomas. There is a certain order that takes place in the Glade and everyone has jobs. Thomas disobeys so the council decides his fate, Thomas has to spend one day in jail but gets elected as a runner. Alby goes through the changing from being stung which brings back memories from his life before the Glade. Alby remembers Thomas before being put in the Glade. The girl that arrived had been in a coma but for some reason can talk to Thomas in his head. Her name is Teresa and she told him that it has to end. She also said "We did this to them, to us." Thomas starts training as a runner. The girl spoke in Thomas head again and she said that she just triggered the end then she wakes up from the coma. The Gladers are in trouble..... No Sun, No Supplies and No protection from the Grievers. Everyone is trap in the homestead while the Grievers invade. Thomas and Teresa figure out that the maze is a code, The maps that the runners collect spells out letters. The map code was "Float, Catch, Bleed, Death, Stiff and Push." Thomas got stung by a Griever so he could have memories of his life before being put in the Glade. The maze was actually a test to see who is strong enough to survive. A gathering was called by Thomas so he could talk about what he saw in his memories. Thomas tells the group that him and Teresa were part of the maze trials from the very beginning against their will. They help design the maze with the creators called WICKED. WICKED mission is to serve and preserve humanity no matter the cost. Thomas told them that the only way out is to go back into the maze and find the cliff. They have to go over the cliff and find a computer so they can enter the code to find a way out. 41 Gladers enter the maze and the Grievers are waiting for them..... Battle Begins...... 21 out of 41 survive and they come face to face with the creators. Gally was with the creators. Gally threw a knife at Thomas but Chuck throws himself in front of him and Chuck dies!!! A group of people come to rescue the Gladers and they explain to them that the outside world was burned and a plague kills millions. The maze trials tested who can survive and help beat The Flare. The group settles into a new place where they hope is safer than the Glade. All they can do is have some hope.....
The beginning of the book is a bit slow and the language is hard to understand because they use words like Shuck, Shank, Greenie, etc. It starts to pick up when Teresa enters and she triggers the end of the maze trials. I love this book because it is so different than what I usually read. It is filled with a lot of action and mystery. I was the most upset when Chuck died because I loved his character and his friendship with Thomas. The next book is called The Scorch Trials so I am curious to know what happens not only to Thomas but what happens with the rest of the Gladers that survived.
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