Thomas’ memory is a blank. He wakes up in a lift and all he can remember is his name. When the doors open he is in the Glade – a large open, expanse within stone walls. He is not alone, however: there are the rest of the ‘gladers’ – other boys just like him who don’t really understand how or why they got there. But every thirty days someone new arrives, and they all share the common goal of trying to understand the mystery of the maze that is locked and unlocked each day. But when the first ever girl is sent in, everyone is shocked and the stakes for survival are raised. Thomas needs to unlock the secrets of his mind if they are to escape.