This book is the 5th book in the Maze Runner series. The book starts with on boy named Thomas. Thomas, at a young age, was taken from his parents from the cruel and horrific outside world and was brought into the shelter of WICKED. Thomas is immune; therefore, he cannot have the disease. WICKED is trying to find a cure for the disease. Thomas, alongside others, was used in many tests to try to find a cure for this disease with WICKED. He later forms a special friendship with other kids that are immune. Thomas is often told that he is helping WICKED to build a maze that will help them find a cure for the disease, and he starts trusting WICKED. As Thomas’ life goes on with WICKED and building the maze, many untold secrets unravel and Thomas begins learning things that will destroy his trust in WICKED.
In my opinion, this book was amazing. I have read all of the other books in this series, yet this book was the one that stood out the most to me. Unlike the other books in the series, this book was a story that explained how the maze was built and explains to the audience what had happened before the maze was built. This book had a lot of twists and surprises; I could not put the book down!
The most memorable thing about this book was when Thomas learns that he is actually helping WICKED through tests. He quickly learned that he was being tested and found out that he was being tested in order to find a cure for the Flare, which is a disease. He wanted to keep helping WICKED to find a cure for the Flare. I found this relateable to me and other people because most people want to continue helping someone after realizing that they are helping someone for a good cause.
Reviewed by Eugene, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library