Date Published: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Author's Website: www.jamesdashner.com
Thomas can't remember anything other than his first name when he finds himself in the Glade. A big space surrounded by stone walls. Many other boys are in the Glade, and like him, they don't remember anything before arriving. All Thomas wants is some answers, unfortunately the other boys in the Glade don't have all the answers. All they know is that:
1. A new boy comes to the Glade every month.
2. Outside the Glade is a maze
3. The walls that lead inside the Maze open every morning and close every night
4. Nobody has ever survived the Maze overnight.
Just a day after Thomas' arrival, something extraordinary happens. A girl comes to the Glade and she delivers a mysterious message. Then suddenly, nothing is as it seems, and everything is different. So different in fact that the all the boys are starting to lose hope that an exit inside the Maze exists.
I really dislike this cover. I can't put my finger on why, but I can't bring myself to like it.
All of the characters in this book are boys except for one. I didn't mind that at all. Sadly, I couldn't bring myself to like the protagonist. Throughout the whole story he didn't really show a lot development. Overall he just wasn't very interesting.
A character I did like in the book was Newt. He had a good personality and was fun to read about.
Then of course, I have to mention Chuck. He is the first person that Thomas befriends and they stay friends throughout the entire book. He can get a little annoying at times but most of the time he is really sweet.
No real love story in this book, though I suspect that something might happen between Thomas and Teresa in the next book.
I just have one thing to mention that really bugged me about the book. The beginning is really slow. I mean for the longest time nothing really happens. I went through about 100 pages being bored with the book.
I had really high hopes for this book. When you read the blurb on the back it seems quite interesting. Also after seeing all the hype that this book was getting, I decided that I better read it before the movie comes out. (Read on for details on the movie.) But yeah, I haven't really decided if I am going to continue with the series, but maybe If I find out a little more about it
The movie is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2014. (So many movies are going to be released around Valentines Day!)
Dylan O'Brien as Thomas
Kaya Scodelario as Teresa
Aml Ameen as Alby
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt
Blake Cooper as Chuck
Will Poulter as Gally
Ki Hong as Minho
I think some of the actors look a little old to be playing teenagers, but overall it's an alright cast n my opinion.
Hey look, pictures! YAY!