Thomas finds himself in a strange place with no memory of how he arrived there. While his memory remains in place about basic life functions, he has lost all personal memory about who he is. The place he finds himself is a clearing surrounded by a maze with only boys inhabiting the place. All supplies are provided through the same hole Thomas arrived through. The maze, however, is filled with monsters that come out at night and keep the boys from escaping.
But Thomas's arrival sets off a chain of events that begin to lead to change. He feels determined to discover the answer to the maze and puts himself at great risk to find out how they can get out from where they are.
I read The Maze Runner when I desperately needed a fast and absorbing read. It perfectly fit that bill! I was engaged from the first page and very curious, just like Thomas, to learn the secrets of the place where they were. The book took turns I wasn't expecting and kept me in plenty of suspense!
The pacing is quick and the world Dashner has created is very interesting and different. There's plenty of mystery beyond the maze and this, the first book in the series, gives us just a beginning glimpse into the state of the world. And yes, I won't lie...it ends on quite the cliffhanger.
It's possible that the emotional landscape of the characters could have been more fully developed, but overall this is the perfect book to lose yourself in! And good news! It's available in stores now!
Things You Might Want to Know: There is some violence but nothing unbearably graphic.
Source of Book: ARC (advance reading copy) provided by the publisher