Why I bought it? A bloggy friend recommended it on her blog, and when I saw it at the BN I snagged it.
Synopsis: Thomas wakes up in a dark elevator with all his memories erased. All he knows about himself is his first name. When the elevator stops an all boy group pulls him out the top, and he begins his new life in the glade. It is surrounded by a maze that is only open during the day because of the dangerous creatures that come out at night. The boys are trying to find a way out--a way home, but is home any better than where they are? So far one boy a month has arrived like clockwork. With Thomas' arrival things start to change.
What I thought? Here's a great book for boys. With the cast 99% boy it's a no brainer, but it is a book that girls can enjoy as well. This story is completely engrossing--unique enough that you don't know what to expect next. There always seemed to be one more twist in the road. The writing is brisk and well done.
My Rating: ****1/2 out of 5
Cleanness Score: 6 out of 10, This is mostly for violence. There is a fair amount of death from the monsters in the maze (It's not a vague threat.), so this is not for the squeamish. I can say with confidence that there were no American swear words. The author seemed to get around that by making up his own (interesting concept) and using a couple British ones.