"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
(taken from goodreads.com)
Okay, so I'm not just a little bit late to join this party. I'm really late. Honestly, the only reason I finally got around to picking The Maze Runner up was the trailer for the movie adaptation. I saw it when I ventured to the theater recently, and I immediately knew that I'd made a mistake by ignoring Dashner's immensely popular series for so long.
The characters are truly gripping, especially the protagonist. Thomas, a sixteen year-old boy thrown into a world of utter confusion, terror, and violence, immediately won me over. How could someone dislike such an honest and courageous character? I rooted for him and his Glader buddies throughout their epic adventure.
I do have one teeny tiny nitpick. Much of Dashner's series centers around elements that I consider to be pretty far fetched. I would be lying if I said this story struck me as remotely realistic. However, the deep and intriguing personal relations helped me to overlook the improbability of Thomas' situation.
In the end, I regret that I took so long to look into this popular trilogy. Jam packed with action and mystery, these three books had me flipping pages late into the night. As soon as I finished one, I reached for the next installment. They were that addictive.
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