If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
(synopsis via Amazon)
This is probably one of my favorite books! It reminds me of why I truly love dystopian novels. Boys find awaken after having their memories swiped and must survive against all odds while having to solve a puzzle that can kill them. Thomas is the last boy to wake up in the maze with a group of boys gathered around. We begin with one of the boys having been injured by a griever which is a creature that is an enforcer of a type. It is a creature that is sent to contain the boys within the walls of the maze. The boys send their best runners out to make maps of the outer portion of the maze so they can study them to hopefully may learn how to get out. Once attacked a medicine is given that causes the victim to begin to remember their time before the maze.
Thomas has vague memories that feel like a tickle in his brain that he has been there before and the feeling gets stronger when a girl arrives in a coma with a message that she is the beginning of the end and a note that says “Wicked is good.”
The boys continue to struggle, facing enemies both known and unknown. How many will survive and of the ones to survive, will it be enough to face the challenges outside of the maze?