Exposition Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze with several other teenage boys who like him can not remember any of their past life, only their names. Alby the leader of what they call the Glade tries to calm Thomas down.
""If you ain't scared," Alby said, "you ain't human. Act any different and I'd throw you off the Cliff because it'd mean your a psycho""(9).
Rising Action Only a day after Thomas's arrival during his tour of the Glade another new person arrives which has never happened before but this time it's a girl which has also never happened before delivering lots of news and a note bringing a mix between mystery and suspense among the Gladers.
"Scrawled across the paper in thick black letters were five words: She's the last one. Ever"(57).
"Then she spoke one sentence-her voice hallow but clear."Everything is going to change""(57).
Climax In an attempt to help Alby who was stung by a griever and Minho who was trying to save Alby Thomas breaks the number 1 rule of never going into the maze unless you're a runner. In doing so they all got stuck in the maze for the night just Tomas, Minho , Alby, and the grievers. They all end up surviving through the night but the only question is what to do with Thomas after breaking the rule.
"Sounds of pursuit, this time from all four Grievers, followed close behind. sure that he was pushing his body beyond its physical limits, he ran on trying to rid himself of the hopeless feeling feeling that it was only a matter of time they got him"(134).
""You don't understand, shuck-face! You don't know anything, and you you're only making it worse trying to have hope! We're dead, you hear me? Dead""(117).
Falling Action After recovering from his night in the Maze, Thomas finally gets to become a runner. The girl, Teresa, finally wakes up and her and Thomas find that they are somehow able to communicate telepathically. The maze walls stop moving leaving an escape for the Gladers through what they call the Griever Hole which is the only way out of the Maze. However this lets the grievers into the Glade leaving them to defend themselves against them.
"We gotta go through the Griever Hole"(317).
""The walls, you shuck. The Doors. They didn't close tonight""(239).
""Besides the fact that the Grievers were attacking every night, the Glade had basically shut down""(317).
Resolution Finally, the Gladers solve the maze and find the world is not what they thought it was. there is a deadly virus called the Flare which attacks the human brain making people go crazy and are killing off the world's population and they are somehow the only ones that can stop it. Gally attempts to kill Thomas but Chuck his best friend sacrafices himself and dies saving Thomas. he Gladers get rescued and are placed in a sanctuary to recover from their time in the maze.
"As he gasped, he saw, also, that everyone else had pulled themselves together in a group, taking in the new surroundings"(350).