Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 The Maze Runner (Book 1)
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
Delacorte Press
 4 star
Year Published:
Fiction/Non- Fiction:
Why Picked:
It was on a number of young adult dystopian best of lists.
Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 374
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. (GoodReads Summary)
This book is one of a few that I have read this year that began slowly. Sure, the boy arriving with no memory of his past or even name was mildly interesting but not enough to keep me reading when my TBR list is overflowing.  I was not sure if I would even reach my 50 page mark but then suddenly it clicked.  Teresa, the first girl to ever arrive at The Glade, was certainly my hook to keep me going.  Why a girl? How did Thomas know her? What did it mean for the boys at The Glade? Then, there was the puzzle of WICKED. Is Thomas wicked? Is the Glade?  Is Teresa?  Questions, for me, that is the key.  I can never resist good questions.  I must know the answers. While I usually dislike cliffhanger endings, I have come to the realization that modern young adult authors are married to them as a way to keep their readers coming back. And this one was a doozie.  This one was the biggest question of all. Now, I wanted to know more.