The Maze Runner ~~ James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When 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 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 anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they've closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas's arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home ... wherever that may be. But it's looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl's arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers -- if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.
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  • Published:
    Oct-2009 (Hardcover)
    Aug-2010 (Paperback)
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    12 & up
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It all started with a memory loss, a klunk situation, and a touch of memory.
Thomas wakes up in a box, he has few memories and lots of questions. Doors open and he's thrust into a world of young boys, strange words and terror. There is something, in his memories tugging but not revealing. He feeling like he's been here or knows this place but no, oh he doesn't know. He just knows he is to be a runner.
This world he is now is is a wonder of questions, where do mysterious supplies come from. What are the Grievers ? What is this wall that moves ? Where is the exit to this maze of death ? Yes, it is some weird maze with deadly creatures roaming, hunting the boys. Many have failed, there is a graveyard that shows that. Even with all this there is a sense of normality, cooking, eating, farming, cleaning, medical aid. But where did they all come from and why ?
Days after Thomas arrives things hit a tornado, A girl comes in the box she says everything is going to change. Oh boy it that an understatement. Things change, death comes for some, insanity for others. The maze is not done with them yet.
Action, mystery, adventure and wonderful lovable and wicked characters. I read this at the recommendation of my daughter, she loved it, and I can see why. I felt like a feel into the matrix with all the steps and layers that build on top of each other to make a simple story complex. Thrilled and excited, is how it left me. I am off to find book 2 in this trilogy
OMg Cliffhanger ! Grumble, Grumble, Grumble...
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