One thing I wanna point out is how my copy of The Maze Runner lays out the first couple of chapters.
I think this is a pretty smart layout since it makes it way easier to continue reading. The first chapter, though competent at it’s job, isn’t an immediate page turner. So this is an east way to get the reader to continue.
Okay, on to today’s chapter. It’s fine.
We get a bit more info about stuff. Thomas realizes that he doesn’t know how old he is, which, for my money, brings up a lot of questions about what Thomas remembers and what he doesn’t, but that’s not a super important detail. As Alby says in the chapter “Old life’s over.” We hear some of the Glade slang which is still silly to me, but is does help sell the isolation these characters faced.
We meet Alby and his temper, which makes sense, he’s the new leader in this. There’s not much information at the moment but I think the book is hinting at this Nick person mentioned was the previous leader There aren’t really any concrete hints but the framing of the whole setup gives off that vibe.
The actual description of the Glade is fine, nothing too memorable really, besides the walls of the maze. But it’s perfectly serviceable, I mean, we don’t need a blueprint of how the Glade’s laid out.
We get a small hint of some guy giving Thomas a nasty look which doesn’t do much to calm our protag’s shot nerves.
One amusing thing I noticed this time around was the fact that all the boys, well all the ones mentioned anyways, were muscular. Every single one. I know the boys do a lot of physical labor but still, kinda funny.
All in all a decent way to continue the story.
On to the next one!