Thomas wakes up with no memories but his name, as he's lifted up to an area where other teenage boys help him out of a lift. Welcome to the glade. The other boys all have similar stories to him. They've been there for up to two years and every month a new boy is lifted to the glade. Outside of the glade is a very long maze where the walls close off at night, to help ward off miserable creatures that try to kill you. There are runners that go out every day to navigate and plot the maze, trying to find an exit. These boys try to do everything they can to escape the maze, get back their memories, and figure out who put them in this place.
The day after Thomas arrives, another person arrives to the glade. It's unheard of that two people arrive within the same month, and even more unheard of that it's a girl. She brings a message, and it's not good.
Like The Hunger Games, and Divergent, this book involves teens dealing with an end-of-world type of scenario. This is the same, except the main character is a male. Despite that, I enjoyed the characters in this book as much as its similar novels. The premise is quite interesting as well. What would you do if you were trapped in a maze and couldn't figure out how to escape? And you couldn't remember much? I'm sure it would be quite frustrating.
The only part of this book that I felt left down by was the ending. I didn't like the explanation of why they ended up in the maze and what had happened to the world. Despite that, I would still read the next book in the series.
First Line: "He began his new lift standing up, surrounding by cold darkness and stale, dusty air."