When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.More
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1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward.
As a stand-alone book, I'll give this one 3 stars (good but not great), but the series as a whole is another matter. I got through the first book and thought "yeah, it's ok. I'll move on to the second." BIG BIG mistake. Now I want the whole 9+ hours of my life refunded! I'd like to tell the author that you only get to cycle the same storyline once (maybe twice in the case of the Hunger Games quarter quell), but try to do the same redundant thing THREE TIMES, and you owe your readers (listeners) that time wasted.
Nope. Because, then you'll be compelled to check out the second. That's when you'll get disappointed.
Despite lamenting purchasing the books in the long run, I thought Mark Deakins gave a very nice performance with good range, nice transitions between dialect and narration, and well-executed changes in voice tone and accent for different characters.
- Word Nerd