Reading level: Young Adult
Source: Public Library
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. 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, open expanse surrounded 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 the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Saw this book on several different blogs last year, so picked up a copy at my local library. Read it last fall and really enjoyed it, but never finished my review for some reason. As I enjoyed the book, I'd like to now finish and recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy fiction!
It's a bit of a mystery, as we don't know why the young boys are sent to the glade and what they are supposed to accomplish. I've seen some reviews compare this story to Lord of the Flies, but aside from featuring boys, I don't see any other similarities. The Gladers are not uncivilized, and have a nice system set up in order to survive while trying to solve the puzzle of the maze.
This was a fun, original, action packed story. Gave it a rating of 4/5 as I really enjoyed it. The ending was a little abrupt, but set things up nicely for the next installment. Dasher is a very talented, creative writer who has written the start of a really good trilogy!