Thomas wakes up in a box just like every other boy that arrives in the Glade. His memory is missing huge chunks of his life and he has no idea who sent him there. Surrounded by other boys who have been through the same treatment he begins to carve a life for himself in the Glade. It doesn’t take him long before he realises that he needs to run the maze, even with the terrifying creatures that stalked the ever-changing walls.
This sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel is described simply, giving the reader the ability to visualise the world the author created. It is full of well-developed characters who bring the story to life. Thomas is a strong character but he is enhanced by Newt, and Chuck, who have very different personalities. The language they use is unique to the book and the new words enrich the story bringing an authenticity to the maze.
The extent of the maze that has been created isn’t fully revealed until the last moment, which builds the suspense. The post-apocalyptic world they came from remains a mystery that will be unravelled in the next book in the series. This is a fantastic book for all ages and don’t be put off by the mixed reviews.