Now, if you were in a society with only a few people all around your age and they organize everything and have fun, would you enjoy the teamwork and independence? This is another one of those dystopian society stories, but it's certainly nowhere near as bad as The Hunger Games, in terms of quality and of the actual society. For two years, in the movie three, there is a tiny village called The Glade, and when you first come, it's through a box also carrying up supplies, and you become known as the Greenie until someone new comes up next month. The newest member, Thomas, knows nothing either, but has the strangest feeling he is a part of this whole curse with these strong teenage boys, and he feels destined to be a Runner out of all the possible jobs: the Runners go out into the deadly Maze surrounding the Glade with nasty fiendish Grievers where none have ever seen one and lived to tell about it: until Thomas.
I already gave a review of the movie and gave it an A+ as you may know. The biggest difference in this book from the movie is the length of time Thomas spends in the Glade: it's about three weeks or a month. Just apart from a few things however, there's very little not to like about this novel. The best chapters by far were the few post a giant stunt leading to a stupid debate and it got very serious. And really, it's a story about a giant moving maze with something new and bad happening right around the corner that's hard to fight: what more do you want? It's a giant series-starting pleasure with all important characters, balanced in mystery despite the remaining questions at the end, and you won't stop reading before the end.