Thomas. That’s all he can remember. His name. He doesn’t remember where he lives, who is parents are, and especially where he is right now. The boy, Thomas, was stuck in a metal box, that worked like an elevator. What he didn’t know was that the elevator was going to deposit him in a mysterious and dangerous place, that would become the biggest adventure in his life (well, he doesn’t remember anything about his life, but you get the point.)
When the box stops, the top slowly lifts up to reveal a large group of boys who seemed to be waiting for his arrival. These boys all have limited memories of their life, a strange set of vocabulary, and the same question as Tomas has – where is he and how can he get out?
Thomas later learns that the Glade (this mysterious village) is run by Newt and Alby, two boys who maintain order by giving everyone jobs and enforcing strict rules.Thomas gradually learns that each month, a new boy arrives to the Glade the same way that he has- through the box. The box also delivers supplies to the boys every week. Using the supplies and jobs, the boys have been able to survive for around two years, but they have never been able to escape. Why? Well, their small, orderly village may seem calm, it is surrounded by walls that make up a maze. The maze is made of tall walls, covered with vines of ivy, and accommodate large mechanical monsters called Grievers. Grievers only wake up at night, which is fortunate for the boys, since the walls of the maze close at night. UNFORTUNATELY, the walls of the maze also change at night, which means the Runners (boys who’s job is to search for an exit by running through the maze) have to study a new maze everyday (well, sort of. There’s a pattern in which the walls change.)
The day after Thomas’ arrival, a girl arrives to the maze. This is unusual for many reasons. One- the Glade society housed only boys, no girls. Two- the boys usually got a delivery of one person per month, not two in two days! Three- she says Thomas’ name and Four- then falls into a coma. To make matters worse, her arrival seems to set something off, which makes everything in the Glade change. The sun disappears, the deliveries of supplies stop, and the walls of the maze don’t close. That means that the Grievers can come into the Glade and kill the boys unless they find an escape. (gulps, oh god).
After thinking for a long time, Thomas proposes the idea that maybe the changing walls is a code to escaping the maze, and, indeed it is! Also, in this time, Theresa (the girl) wakes up and tells Thomas they knew each other before entering the maze. She tells him telepathically. They can communicate telepathically. Let that sink in.
Thomas wants some more information and learns that people who get stung by Grievers can get their memory back. After getting strung (purposely), Thomas learns that Griever hole (a dead end, inside the maze, in which Grievers enter and exit the maze), is an exit. He gathers a group of boys, and together they run out of the Griever hole. Only some survive, including Newt, Minho, Thomas, Theresa, Chuck, and more. Together theses people will learn that they were part of an experiment, trying to find a cure for a disease called the flare. Should they trust the research group or not? Read Scorch Trials to find out.