The Maze Runner
By: Anna Buckmeier
The Maze Runner is the book for you!
Thomas arrives in Glade with no memory of who he is or was. He only remembers his name and nothing else about his life. Thomas is very brave, loyal, and clever, and has telepathic powers with his friend Teresa. Soon after arriving in Glade, Thomas makes both friends and enemies and proves a leader among the boys.
Teresa is a teenage girl who mysteriously arrives in Glade the day after Thomas does. She tells everyone that everything is about to change before slipping into a coma. Later, it is revealed that she shares a telepathic link with Thomas, and they become close friends as she helps Thomas and Chuck uncover the Maze.
The leader of the Gladers, Alby, has authority over much of what goes on in the Glade. He is hot-headed, but very experienced. After being stung by a Griever, Alby undergoes the Changing and becomes convinced that they should not return to the outside world.
Thomas shows up in a unsolvable maze with no memory of his past. The maze has no clues or hints to help uncover the maze and to make things worse the maze changes overnight. Also, if anyone dares to stay the night in the maze, death is certain. To make matters even worse, a girl named Teresa shows up with a note saying, "Everything is about to change!" As the note states, everything does change. The doors don't close, which means the Grievers are ready for one innocent Glader each night. How can anybody solve an unsolvable maze, but it has to be possible when the Gladers' lives are on the line.
- Bravery - Thomas and the other Gladers have to have a lot of bravery to escape or even get close to escaping the maze. They also need bravery to go into the maze and be willing to search for a way out of the maze.
- Sacrifice - The Gladers need to be willing to sacrifice themselves to help the other Gladers escape or get to safety, just like Alby did when they were escaping. Also, just like Thomas was willing to sacrifice his pain to figure out more about the past and go through changing.
- Believing in Yourself - Thomas believes that he will become a Runner, and he also believes that there is a way out of the maze and is determined to find it.
- Determination - Every Glader is determined to find a way to get out of the maze and discover the secrets that they need to know in order to escape. Just like Thomas was determined to become a Runner.