The Maze Update
By: James Dashner | Delacorte Press, 2009 | 374 Pages
The main character is Thomas. Some other characters are Minho, Chuck, Alby, Teresa and Newt. They all relate to the main character because just like Thomas, they are trapped in a maze, called the Glade, with no idea how to get out. They all also don't have that much memory left. At the end of the book, all these characters (except Alby) help get them out of the Glade.
The book starts by Thomas coming up to the Glade in a box. Everyone there came up in the box. Thomas is desperate to know everything, he is the 2nd to last boy to get there. He doesn't know anything but his name. Then a girl comes. Her name is Teresa and she triggered the ending. Things acted weird once she woke up out of her coma. Towards the middle of the book, Minho and Thomas spend a night in the maze. Nobody has ever survived a night in the maze. Thomas became a runner after that. Minho and Thomas discover a 'griever hole'. Thomas purposely got stung by a griever so he could gain a little memory back. A griever is a machine that acts like an animal. At the end of the book, they go into the hole. They then find a way out, and go to a little place. They have no idea where they are, but they're just happy to be out of the maze.
The main problem in the story is that more than 40 people are stuck in a maze. Everyone thinks there is no way out, but they come to find out that there is a way out. The boys don't know anything about themselves except their names. Thomas is involved in conflict because they all think he is special in a way. They start to cause problems, especially Gally. He swore up and down that he saw Thomas when he went through the changing. The changing is what you go through after a griever stings you.
I chose the quote 'If you ain't scared, you ain't human.' I picked this quote because I feel like it really ties into the story. While you're in the Glade you have no choice but to be scared. You have so many emotions or thoughts floating around your head like 'does my mom love me?' or 'will I ever get out of this place?' If you're not scared about your future, you're not human. It's pretty much impossible to not be scared in the Glade.
I loved this book. I could not put it down. I just liked the way the author made it seem like you were actually taking place in that event. I felt like that was pretty good. Something the author could've done better was the cover of the book. When I first saw the book, I thought it would be completely boring and I wouldn't like it. But then I read it and ended up loving it.