...then this is the book for you! I've seen this book lurking on bookshelves for a few years now and for some idiotic reason, it didn't seem interesting to me. I was WRONG. The book opens with the main character, Thomas, stuck in a dark box and it's traveling upward. He's lost all his memories and can barely remember his own name, much less how he got into a box and why he's even in the box. Once he reaches his destination, he's surrounded by countless teenage boys, who won't answer his questions and seem to mostly be annoyed by his presence. He finds out that no one remembers who they were before they were sent to this place, which the other kids have named the Glades. In order to survive, all the teens have created a new community, equipped with a main leader, a cook, medics, farmers, butchers, garbage cleaners, and runners.
The runners interest Thomas the most. Each day, they leave the compound where the teens live and run through a constantly changing maze. They report back at the end of each day, before nightfall, and discuss what changes the maze made with the other runners, in hopes of finding a way to escape. What no one wants to explain to Thomas is that, once night falls, dangerous creatures enter the maze, looking to kill.
All the other teens seem content to continue with the new life they have made for themselves in the Glades, but Thomas is sure that there is something wrong with being sent here, and wants desperately to find a way out. This plan gets set into motion very quickly when two days after Thomas' arrival, another teen arrives, which is unheard of, and it isn't another boy, it's the first and only girl.
Is the new girl the key to solving the maze and saving everyone from their prison, or is she a spy sent by the people who created the maze?
**Next year, this book will be in theaters!**
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.