My Reflection

I created a magazine as my product , and one of the strategies I found helpful was looking for pictures of magazine articles and looking at how they format their pictures and write their articles. It helped me because just starting from blank with an empty word document was hard, so by looking at other articles it helped me decide things like deciding where I should put my paragraphs, and how much space there should be.

I learned a lot in the process of creation , for example that making a magazine from scratch isn’t as hard as you think it would be. At first I thought it would be very complicated so I tried using already made templates to put my text in, until my sister recommended a site where people upload their magazines. I figured out that these companies just make it in word, and not a fancy magazine editor or advanced version of Photoshop. In addition I learned that you should save everything all the time in Google docs and not on word because computers are untrustworthy.

The things I did well with, was making my magazine look like a real magazine. It turned out nicer than I imagined it would. I think I did well with formatting the articles and pictures, and writing the articles was easier than I thought it would be too. I made everything in the magazine except the pictures , but the cover page, table of contents, sources, format, and articles was what I produced. I think it turned out well, especially because I was concerned that it was going to look like a flyer or a book instead of a magazine.

The things I struggled with was trying to make my entire magazine based of theme of my book, because majority of magazines have millions of different subjects packed in, with a different subject on each page. I had to include more things about the book than I planned, and that was complicated. My other problem was that because it was a magazine , It was hard trying to write articles because I had to make sure it was written in a news information type of way.

If I had to do something differently, I would go back and make it longer , because looking at it now , I could have written two more articles so there would be more pages. I would have tried to make a better cover so it would look nicer, but the one I have on it now is ok. Overall I don’t think there is anything else I would change since I am satisfied with my project.

 

Significant Quotes

 

Quotations In Book Significance of quote to book
Just go with it, he thought. You won’t figure out anything if you give in to fear” pg 8 Even though this quote was said in the beginning of the book, It still relates to everyone’s emotions during the book, since they had to deal with so much , and to be able to get out of or learn more about the maze they had to put away their fear.  I think it also is a good representation of how we should deal with things that scare us in life.
“His memory loss was strange. He mostly remembered the workings of the world—but emptied of specifics, faces, names. Like a book completely intact but missing one word in every dozen, making it a miserable and confusing read. He didn’t even know his age.” pg 15 This quote relates to the story , because all the boys are suffering from memory loss. Its hard to explain their memory loss, but this quote explains it perfectly. It kind of relates to real life as well, how small details are important especially when you’re dealing with memory.
“ I’ve seen you before. Something’s fishy about you showing up here, and I’m going to find out what” pg.17 This quote is important to the story, because it foreshadows how Thomas relates to the story and it gets you thinking about why people have seen Thomas and why.
“Just see for yourself in a minute. The Runners’ll be back soon; then those big walls are going to move until the gaps are closed” pg25 This is the first time Thomas learns something about the maze, and its a big turning point in the story because a lot in the story revolves in the story around the doors in the maze and going in and out of them.
“Grievers, we call ‘em” Newt answered. “Nasty bugger, eh? Just be glad the Grievers only come out at night. Be thankful for these walls.” pg 39 This quote is the first mention of the terrifying monsters that Thomas encounters and it kind of foreshadows what could happen if they didn’t have those walls.
“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 you’re a psycho” pg 9 In this quote, Alby is basically saying its ok to have feelings, and be afraid or sad , because its apart of being a human being. It relates to the story because its what keeps them together as friends, because they all have emotions and its ok to have emotions even in the place that are now.
“Everything is going to change” “ pg 57 This quote is special because it foreshadows everything that comes after this quote, everything does change after this has been said and the changes are big too.
“ They were the people who’d sent them all to the Glade. The people who’d taken their lives away from them. The creators. “ pg 351 I thought this line was a good representation of all the built up emotions for when the gladers finally met the creators. I believe this quote was really good at showing at how the creators have hurt them.
“The mission of WICKED is to serve and preserve humanity, no matter the cost. We are ,indeed , “good” “ pg 374 This is actually the slogan of the creators who put them in the maze in the first place, and its important to the story because its something they repeat throughout. It was on the last page of the book and I thought it meant something because this is the entire reason why they did this to the gladers.
“WORLD IN CATASTROPHE: KILLZONE EXPERIMENT DEPARTMENT” pg 214 This quote was actually something on a sign Thomas read, and it is crucial to the story because this sign shows exactly why the boys are there and where they are all in the slogan of the people that placed them there.

 

 

The Great Escape

Before going out , they made more complex weapons preparing for the battle, they tied their knives to sticks and got bows and arrows. Thomas soon realized that WICKED meant WORLD IN CATASTROPHE : KILLZONE EXPERIMENT DEPARTMENT and that everyone is holding on to the hope that only one person will die.

[1] The image to the left is of a quote I saw that made me think of how the only way they could get out was with hope

I think that was unrealistic hope of them, considering the creators can watch them and will know what they are doing and might change the grievers intentions in order to counteract them escaping.

Before they get out to the maze, they count and realize there is 41 of them that agreed to go and get payback on the creators. When they get to the griever hole, they realize there is 10-15 grievers waiting for them , when more grievers come from behind them.

In this moment of pressure, Alby sacrifices himself because of his fear of going back to real life due to the memories he saw in the changing. For a brief moment everyone thought it worked until the grievers continued towards them , but shorty after, all the grievers started charging. Everyone decides to make a path for Thomas and Teresa by fighting the grievers, in the hope that they will be able to shut them down before people are killed.

Thomas makes Chuck go with him , because of how young and weak he is , and they both struggle to make their way through the path to the griever hole. They all jump in and find themselves in a dark cave like room with a computer at the end. A griever comes down the hole after them and Thomas tries to fight it while Teresa types in the code words on the computer.

The last word , PUSH will not go in, Thomas and Teresa panic when Chuck suggest that they push a button underneath the table of the computer. In a panic , Teresa rushes to push the button and all the grievers are shut down. Shortly after, the rest of the boys started coming down the griever hole. There were only 21 of them left, half of them had died fighting.

[2] the image to the bottom right represents me if I was in that situation 

I thought that was smart of Chuck, because knowing me I would take a full hour before realizing a small detail like that. I would try to type in the word push backwards, or hold the last letter in the word’s button for longer before I even thought of looking for a button under the computer.

A door opens up , and they all go through it to find a room with a wide glass window, with a bunch of pale looking people watching them. A woman comes through a door with a boy with a hood on , he takes it off and they all realize that it is Gally. Gally tries to speak , uttering a few words that the creators can control him, when all of a sudden he pulls out a knife and throws it at Thomas.

In that split moment, Thomas freezes and Chuck jumps in front of him, sacrificing his life to save him.  In the process, Chuck dies on the spot, and Thomas is heartbroken. Thomas beats Gally up so the other boys pull him away and after a moment of grieving over Chuck, some people run in shooting the creators and the woman next to Gally.

This part of the story was really sad , and I was upset that Chuck dies even though he made it out of the maze, even though he was so close to getting out and seeing what real life is like. In a way now Chuck does not have to deal with Stage 2 or trying to fight the illness, but if I could change the story I would let Chuck live.

They yell at them to run, so the boys follow them. They get on a bus, and a crazy woman with blisters and pale skin attacks Thomas so they rescue him and run over the woman with their bus.

After a moment of silence , The boys ask what happened to that woman, and why she went crazy. The woman with them on the bus who Thomas sees as a “rescuer” responds that the reason why was because a couple years ago the sun began to emit things called “flares” , hot sun energy that is emitted from the sun.

[3] the image to the left is of a real solar flare

 

The sun flares burned the earth and killed millions of people and started an illness called the “flare” , which makes you go insane and there is no cure , so scientists started this “experiment” to try and get people who could help them think of a solution to the problem. Thousands like them were orphaned and survived ,so they were put in these experiments. The woman explained that they were going to the place where the solar flares are the worst – the equator so that they can solve it.

There was a short epilogue afterwards, of an email of a scientist talking about the “experiment” succeeded and that none of them were actually shot and that it was all an act to gain the gladers trust and that phase 2 was starting.

This part actually frustrated me while reading it , because this means them escaping hasn’t changed anything and now they are clueless as to what is going to happen to them. Alby and Chuck have also died for nothing, and they are still not “safe”.


[1] Once You Choose Hope Anything Is Possible. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

[2] Confused Computer User. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

[3] Solar Flare. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

 

Remembering The Exit

After 24 hour of being the maze and not finding anything, they decided to go back. Once they arrived back they learned that the grievers took Adam , and that the code they found in the map was FLOAT, CATCH, BLEED, DEATH, STIFF, PUSH. Nothing made sense and in that moment Thomas realized he would have to do something horrible – get stung by a griever so that he could use his memories to his advantage.

That night, Thomas watched as the grievers began to pull a boy named Dave away , and Thomas ran after the grievers trying to pull Dave away, trying to get stung. He finally achieves his goal and he quickly escapes so the grievers give up and take Dave away. In his last moments of consciousness , they give him the serum and yell at him angrily.

I thought what Thomas did was really smart but also risky at the same time because what if he was taken by grievers in the time he was stung or what if he didn’t get away from the grievers while trying to get stung and what if they didn’t have any more serum to cure him?

3 days later Thomas awakens after going through the changing , and Chuck explains that Zart the keeper of the gardens and some others were taken while he was passed out. Thomas calls a gathering so that he can explain what they should do and why they are there according to his memories. He mentions to Teresa telepathically that the maze can’t be solved but they were meant to escape.
I think being telepathic is really cool but I wonder why they can only talk to each other, and if they can read each others thoughts? I don’t think I would want to be telepathic because Thomas describes it as hurting his head, and I wouldn’t want to have constant headaches to talk to someone when I could just talk to them or wait to talk to them.

[1] the image to the left is of type of headaches, and they all look painful and any of them could be the headaches Thomas experiences while talking telepathically.

At the gathering Thomas explains that the maze was never meant to be solved and that this was all a trial , and that the survivors of the trial are meant to do something important. They were all taken when they were young, because they had above-average intelligence and they were put in intelligent schools until they had enough money and built the maze. Alby says that none of these memories were in his changing and that he doesn’t understand why he got different memories.

Thomas adds that their names aren’t even their real names, but nicknames that were given to them. Alby’s name is a parody of Albert Einstein , Newt of Issac Newton , and Thomas of Thomas Edison. They were studied on everything they did to see who would give up and who would survive, some of them even had alterations in their brains. Their memories were wiped of everything up until they were in the box.

[2] the image to the right relates to the alterations to them and the scientists who did it

They were tested with variables , and a problem with no solution. Everything was provided and the problem was laid out as a common puzzle a maze. They were tested to see if they would turn on each other , it is survival of the fittest. The code is hidden in the wall movements for a reason , Thomas was there when they made the maze. Him and Teresa were used to make the maze, and in order to get out , they have to go through the griever hole and type the code words in the computer in the room.

I think the reason Thomas has more memories is because since he was used to make the maze they didn’t wipe as much from his memory, so it was easier for him to retrieve memories. I wonder if they are real memories though, because the creators could have easily placed false memories to discourage them.

Alby admits that he is the one that burned the maps, that he was afraid of going back because in the changing memories he saw, there was burned land everywhere and a disease called the flare on thousands of people. He hit his head against the table to make it look like he was attacked. Alby believes they shouldn’t go but agrees to go anyway.

Thomas volunteers to sacrifice himself , thinking that maybe the one person a day rule would still be the same when they tried to get in the griever hole. All the keepers decided to go through with Thomas’s plan , and at the end of they day they convinced a lot to try although some people did not want to go so they decided to stay.

[3] the image to the left is an image an exit sign symbolizing their potential exit

If I was one of the gladers, and I was given the option to go with them to a potential exit out of the maze or stay in the glade and wait it out and hope that everything will go back to normal, I would choose to go into the maze. I don’t think there is a difference between going out in the maze when its night time , and it might even be safer since all the grievers are going to the glade since the doors are open. I would also rather at least try to go into the griever hole since I already know what’s going to happen if I stay in the maze.

 

[1] Headaches. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

[2] Scientists DNA. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

[3] Exit. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

 

Maniacs and Maps

Minho and Thomas explain the cliff experiment to Alby and Newt , and Newt responds by explaining that the entire glade is falling apart, because now that the sky is gray and they have no sun the plants won’t grow, and the weekly supplies haven’t come up either.

I wonder if when that girl telepathically told Thomas she triggered the ending, that the ending means the creators have given up on them since they were taking too long to find an exit out of the maze and that’s why they are not sending supplies and took out the sun.

The girl has woken up .Thomas runs to the forest area of the glade , and sits against a tree , not wanting to see her in fear of hearing the voice again. The girl however, sneaks out of the building and finds Thomas. They have a discussion , and she admits she doesn’t know why she can talk to him telepathically or why she said those things.

How did she know where Thomas was? If she doesn’t know why she can talk to him telepathically how did she figure out how to do it? I think that when she was telepathically speaking to him, her memory was not wiped entirely.

Reading about all this memory wiping made me wonder if it is possible to wipe someones memory in real life which lead me to a study, where scientists were able to wipe a rats memory. “We can form a memory, erase that memory and we can reactivate it, at will, by applying a stimulus that selectively strengthens or weakens synaptic connections,” [1] [2]the image above is an image from the study.

In the middle of this discussion , Newt and Alby run up to Thomas, telling him the walls haven’t closed for the night, thus allowing the grievers free to roam in the glade. Teresa(the girl) admits she triggered the ending , and Alby throws her in the slammer.

Have the creators really gave up on them? Why did Alby throw her in jail? What does Alby believe he will get out of throwing her in jail? Will Teresa be safe in the jail?

Alby and Newt make plans to help protect the gladers by ordering the builders to try and barricade the entrances of the maze and ordering everyone else to get all the weapons, food and people into the main building (the homestead) for the night. Minho goes to do a “special task”. During all of this, Thomas has a realization that Alby is definitely not the same, he’s moodier and grumpy all the time. 

[3] the image to the left is what I think reflects Alby’s mood

I thought it was really smart they are able to quickly think on their feet when given a situation, and they automatically they knew what has to be done in order to survive, instead of panicking for hours or giving up. If it was me in that position, I think I would come to the same solution as well, just not as fast.

If Alby was still the same would he have still thrown Teresa in jail? Why has the changing changed Alby? Are the grievers going to come in and kill all of them?  Maybe Alby is grumpy and moody because he realized life outside of the glade and life inside of the glade are the same.

During the night the boys have a discussion that the runners should stay in the maze overnight, since its the same as being in the glade now, and an exit may open up during the night that’s not there in the day. Alby decides to go study the maps and be useful to the group and leaves. Shortly after, they all try to sleep when they hear grievers outside of the building , tearing at the building.

[4] to the right is an image of what I believe the maps look like

All of a sudden Gally comes out of nowhere , dirty and bruised with torn clothing, yelling that the grievers will take them all one by one due to the variables. Gally then opens the window to let the griever in , only to then throw himself onto the griever afterwards. The grievers than all took Gally into the maze and left. They then realize there is smoke coming out of the map room , and Alby has been attacked, with a cut on his head. The capsules that hold the maps have been burned.

Thomas is concerned because he finally figured out a pattern in the maps, but Minho reassures him saying that the “special task” he did, was exchange the maps into a hidden room so nothing could happen to them. Thomas thinks there is a code hidden in the maps , like letters.

They all get to work , tracing the maps to put together to see if Thomas is right, and soon shows it reveals a letter F. As they do more it reveals the words FLOAT and CATCH. Minho and Thomas decide to go out to the maze at night to investigate while other people pick up where they left off. While running in the maze Thomas figures out that if he focuses he can telepathically talk back to Teresa and decides to keep it a secret so that the other boys will not get freaked out.

If I was in Thomas’s decision, I wouldn’t tell them either because I don’t think they would be able to understand it, or even believe what you’re saying. I think that if someone told me they could speak telepathically but only to one girl who they don’t remember but they don’t have any proof, It would hard for me to believe as well, especially with all the stress and problems they are going through right now. Although, I can also understand the benefits to telling them because they could formulate a plan using their telepathy to their advantage.

 

[1] Rt.com,. ‘​Scientists Learn To Selectively Erase And Restore Memories In Brain’. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Mar. 2015.

[2] Rat Study Memory. Web. 21 Mar. 2015.

[3] Two Faced Man. Web. 22 Mar. 2015

[4] Map. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.

 

 

Triggering The Ending

While training Thomas to be a runner, Minho explains you can request stuff by writing it down on a note and placing it in the box the supplies come in before it goes down. So far they get shoes, watches, backpacks, water bottles, shorts, t-shirts, underwear. The creators dont always answer their requests. They also have weapons, knives, and arrows. Thomas smells copper and has a faded memory of sucking on pennies as kid.

That makes me wonder, how did they figure out they could request things? Thomas having a memory of sucking on pennies makes me think of the weird things children are always doing, like eating dirt or bugs. I remember when I was a kid I used to breath on pennies and try and stick them to walls, but I never sucked on them.

I made an image of Minhos description of the maze and the sections in it , there is a runner for each section of the maze, seen below

                l           l            =            l ———- l =                  l             l
                                        =              Glade =
                l           l           =           l ———- l =                 l              l

Minho and Thomas go out to the maze, and in the maze Minho cuts pieces of vines and leaves them on the ground behind him , referencing Hansel and Gretel just like me, which I thought was a cool coincidence.

Thomas sees a sign that Minho says has been up forever, a sign in big letters that reads “WORLD IN CATASTROPHE: KILLZONE EXPERIMENT DEPARTMENT”

Thomas and Minho eat some food, run around the maze a little more looking for something, and then they go home when a voice in Thomas’s mind says “Tom, I just triggered the Ending” (Dashner pg, 217) The next morning they wake up , and the sun is gone. The entire sky is gray , and Thomas describes it as “The sky did look like a ceiling. Like the ceiling of a massive room”

I wonder what that sign means , does that mean this is all an experiment? Is the real world in catastrophe? What does I just triggered the ending mean? Are they really in a massive room? Was my prediction about the virtual reality right? Is something broken or did the creators plan this? Did the girl do this?

[1] the image to the right is an image of what I picture the creators doing to the glade in order to control it.

Thomas and Minho went into the maze as usual , and on their way inside they saw a griever and sneakily followed it when they saw it jump off the cliff and disappear into thin air. Puzzled by what they saw, Thomas realizes it must be some sort of exit for the grievers. He and Minho began an experiment where they got multiple rocks and threw them everywhere off the cliff, and they discover a four feet square where the rocks disappeared. An exit possibly?

 

 

[1] Simulation Reality. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.

 

Taunting Telepathy

Newt wants to figure out why everyone sees Thomas , and makes him think of anything familiar to the Glade, but Thomas can’t so Newt brings him to go see the girl. A med-jack says that in her coma she has been saying various phrases, which have included Thomas’s name. After looking at her for a couple of minutes, Thomas realizes he does know her. That’s when a girls voice says “Teresa” in his mind.

Thomas is instantly creeped out. He tells Newt, but Newt thinks that its just a memory. The talking in his mind continues, with phrases like “Tom, we’re the last ones. It’ll end soon. It has to.” , “Tom don’t freak out on me” ,“Everything is going to change” “My memory’s fading already, Tom. I won’t remember much when I wake up. We can pass the trials. It has to end. They sent me a as a trigger” (Dashner , pg 184)

This makes Thomas so scared that he decides to run from it, running into the maze around and around trying to get away from the voice in his mind but it doesn’t go away. “It was you and me, Tom. We did this to them. To us” (Dashner, pg 187).

How does she talk in his mind? What does she mean by those phrases? What are the trials? What did she Thomas do? Why does she call him Tom?

[1] the image to the left is of brain communication

This made me wonder about if telepathy is possible in real life, and I found this recent study [2] where scientists were able to have an person in India say chao and hola to three other people in France by brain , which is was really cool to me.

When Thomas gets back, he realizes there’s a mix of reactions towards him. Some of the boys give him dirty looks, while others congratulate him for saving Alby. Gally has disappeared and no one has seen him since the gathering. The last time someone saw him, he was running into the maze. He hasn’t returned since.

Soon Alby has recovered and Thomas is put in the slammer to serve his one day sentence. Chuck goes to talk with him asking him “Do you think I have parents? real parents?” (Dashner, pg 193) which makes Thomas think of “the talk” your parents have with you but he can’t remember who gave him the talk.

That makes me wonder, how do you wipe someone’s memories of the small details without erasing everything? What was the point of wiping their childhood memories as well? Do they have parents? Did their parents put them in there? Do they have siblings? 

[3] the image to the right is an image of a family

Alby goes to talk to Thomas when he is let out of the slammer in the morning, saying that Thomas was helping the creators and thats what he saw in the changing. One of the lines he said afterwards was “I hope the changing doesn’t give us real memories – just plant fake ones” (Dashner , pg 197)

That made me wonder if the memories are real , do they put Thomas in there to make everyone turn against Thomas? If the memories are real then why do they change you?

[1] PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Corbis,. Researchers Make Step In Brain To Brain Communication. 2014. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

[2] Iozzio, Corinne. ‘Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach’. Smithsonian. N.p., 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-prove-that-telepathic-communication-is-within-reach-180952868/?no-ist

[3] Happy Family. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Breaking The Rules

After last nights events, The keepers decide to hold a gathering (meeting) about Thomas and what they should do with him for breaking their number 1 rule: going into the maze at night time. At the gathering after some discussion , it turns out that half the keepers want to punish Thomas and the other half wanted to reward him for what he did.

Gally, is a part of the boys think Thomas should be punished and he suggests that Thomas might be a spy, considering its suspicious that he is the only one able to survive the maze through the night and because when Gally got stung, he saw Thomas in the Changing. He thinks Thomas has been spent to ruin their lives.

[1] The image to the right is of a spy

Minho on the other hand, believes that they should make Thomas the keeper of the runners for his quick thinking and bravery when they were out in the maze and that Thomas acted way smarter than Minho did, instead of running and leaving Alby to die he almost died trying to save Albys life.

 

Eventually Newt decides to combine both their ideas by agreeing Thomas should be punished but he should be rewarded. He decides that Thomas should spend a day in the slammer but he can also become an official runner. Gally storms out and threatens Thomas.

I agree with Newts decision because it was an unintelligent decision to go into the maze at night, considering there was such a little chance of survival. I think he should at least spend a day in the slammer so that other people won’t think they’ll be able to survive if they break a rule like that.

[2] Thomas breaking the rules made me think of the image above

After the meeting, a med-jack breaks the news to Thomas that Alby would like to speak to him. Thomas is afraid that Alby will make the same accusations as Gally and Ben. Newt and Thomas go when Alby asks to speak to Thomas alone, so Newt waits outside. Alby begins to explain how he knows who Thomas and the girl are, and that he remembers the “flare”.

 Why does everyone remember Thomas in their memories? What did Thomas do to end up in their old memories? What is the “flare”? Is the “flare” the reason they were put in there? Why isn’t Alby mad at him like Ben and Gally were?

 Before Alby can reveal anymore, he starts to have a seizure and begins to attempt to choke himself when Newt barges in and helps Thomas to stop Alby. When Alby finally stops, Newt is angry as Alby says “Don’t know what happened , It was like . . . something was controlling my body” (Dashner,pg 173-174)

 That made me wonder, what if the serum is actually a computer chip or mind controlling fluid, that allows the creators to control the person’s memories and body. Or were there bodies already being controlled before they were placed in the glade since their memories were wiped?

 

[3] The image to the right shows a tiny computer chip which is what I visualize they put in their bodies to control them if they did

 

 

Before they leave, Alby said two things which were “ Be careful with the girl” (Dashner, pg 174) and “Protect The Maps” (Dashner, pg 175) These statements make me predict that something is going to happen to the maps and/or the girl.

 Newt says that Alby is the only one that actually ever tried to tell what he saw in the changing, which makes me definitely think that somehow the creators can control them. But how?

 

 

[1] Spy. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

[2] Break The Rules. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

[3] Computer Chip. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Wicked’s Grievers

Currently , Thomas is in the maze after entering it without thinking when he realized Minho and the passed out Alby were not going to make it. He sees a griever and observes it. He describes it as a giant slug covered in hair and slime, with randomly placed mechanical arms all over it. It also has metallic spikes popping it out of its disgusting skin every ten to fifteen seconds.

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] The images above are my thoughts on what Thomas describes , I still can’t picture it clearly

Something that stood out to me was when Thomas thinks “what-or-who could create such frightening,disgusting creatures” (Dashner, pg 126). I agree because where do you get the idea to create a monster by combining machinery and slug together? Is this a mutant monster that was combined by accident?

 

While Thomas held his breath on the wall, a beetle blade ( the small creatures the “creators” use too watch them) crawled near him. Thomas suddenly realized it revealed his spot to the griever, but not before realizing it had the word WICKED written on it. The griever came up to the wall underneath where Thomas was , and turned off.

 

Why the word WICKED? How does the beetle blade communicate with the grievers? Are the creators controlling the grievers? Why are the grievers determined to any of them when given the chance?

 

As soon as Thomas thought he was safe, the griever started to climb the wall. Thomas quickly realized the only way to save Albys life was to lead the griever away, so he quickly moved to the left and jumped off the wall breaking the grievers mechanical arm in the process.

 

Can a griever be killed? Why don’t the runners carry weapons to protect themselves in case they are accidentally stuck in the maze at night?

Thomas runs away from the griever, only to run in the path of three more grievers. Using his quick thinking again, he stands in one spot and runs quickly to the side when the grievers get close to him. Minho watches him do this from up ahead, and tells him to run with him. They run until they get to an opening they call the “Cliff” an opening that leads to nowhere.

 

[6] The image below to the right is what I think the cliff looks like 

 

They use the same technique and push the last griever inside the cliff. But an odd thing happens, although the grievers went over the edge, they do not fall. Instead they disappear into thin air. Thomas throws a rock over the edge, and it falls all the way down.

 

Why does this happen? I think that maybe they were put in a virtual reality, and that the grievers don’t actually exist. I wonder why the cliff is there, why is there an open exit with nothing in it? Does an exit appear in it in specific moments of the day or night?

 

It is sunrise, and Thomas and Minho run to go see if Alby has survived. They are not sure if the medicine can save him since no one has survived the night to take the medicine. Minho explains that they call the medicine the “Grief Serum” and that it appears with the supplies every week in a syringe already ready to be injected into someone who has been attacked by a griever. They find Alby still on the wall alive, and they inject him with the grief serum.

 

[7] a one use syringe like the grief serum

 

Soon Alby started “the changing” and his screams are heard from the place where he is being treated. Newt and Thomas both said statements about “the changing” which made me think. Newt describes it as  “Anyways its like being given your old life back, only to have it snatched away again” (Dashner, pg 149)  While Thomas speculates “Are they changed because they want to go back to their old life or is it because they’re so depressed at realizing their old life was no better than what we have now ?”(Dashner, pg 149)

 

I think Thomas theory about the changing is accurate compared to Newts, because the world must be in a terrible state if they were allowed to be placed or forced in this place. Wouldn’t seeing memories of your good life motivate you to want to get out , rather than make you depressed and crazy? Do they have memories of being placed in the glade or is it just memories of their life? How come this serum brings back your memories?

 

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[2] Plus Sign. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[3] Sci-Fi Robots. 2013. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[4] Plus Sign. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[5] Red Question Mark. 2014. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[6] Edge Of Cliff Looking Down. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[7] One Use Only Syringe. 2009. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

 

Going Into The Maze

After last nights events, Newt explains that the entire glade is built off order and that is why they all have jobs and work everyday, and why they have rules, because if they don’t work or have rules, they’ll go insane. He says order is the reason they got rid of Ben, because he wasn’t sane and they can’t have “loonies” running around. Today, Alby and Minho are going to go and investigate the dead griever.

When Newt says the entire glade is built off order , that made me think of how in real life , we live based off order as well. I think it’s unusual that the only way they could stay sane was to make the glade operate the way real life is , with a jail , and rules, jobs and work. I relate with it though because maybe the only way we are sane as humans is because we have order as well, so it was smart of them to decide on all of these rules and jobs.

[1] The image to the right is of various jobs

Thomas tries a job working the gardens , and enjoys it more than his last job as a slicer. While working the gardens he decides to ask the keeper Zart, some questions he wants answers to. He asks Zart what jobs there are, and Zart lists off a couple which were the builders, the sloppers, baggers, cooks, map-makers, med-jacks, track-hoes, slicers/bloodhousers, runners and maybe a little more.

Zart explained that the sloppers were the ones who cleaned everything, like Chuck. Track-hoes are the workers who trench and do all the heavy lifting. Baggers take away and bury dead bodies, but they are mainly the security guards and “police”. Zart adds that many people have more than one job in the glade.

When its close to sunset, Newt and Thomas have realized that Alby and Minho have not returned from the investigation of the dead griever. Newt is worried ,and Thomas suggests they should send a search party into the maze to find them. Newt says that sending search parties and going into the maze at night are forbidden, since more people will get lost in the maze.

[2] The image to the left is of all the emotions at the moment

I somewhat agree with this rule, because it does seem like common sense to not allow other people to risk their lives with such a small rate of survival, but I know it would bother me to just do nothing about the loss of a team member.

Everyone believes they are dead until Thomas sees Minho carrying alby as the doors are closing , it was clear they were not going to make it and in the last second despite anyones judgement, Thomas stepped into the maze as the doors finally shut.

I didn’t expect Thomas to do that, and if it were me I would never have the confidence or the courage to step into the maze for people I barely knew. I know its a brave thing to do , and I would want to do that, I just don’t know if I would choose that option in the 30 seconds he had to think about it.

[3] The image below to the right is of what my I believe my mind looks like trying to make decisions 

Once inside the maze, Minho is angry at Thomas for breaking their rule , and because it was not going to help save their lives. Minho reveals that 12 people have already died out in the maze at night , and there were more people whose bodies were never found. Minho then explains that the dead griever was not dead, and that it came back to life pricked Alby. Grievers prick you with their needles and thats how you get stung.

All of sudden they hear the sound of machinery and knives rubbing against knives, and Minho says that if they split up and run , they may have a chance. Before Thomas could say anything , Minho runs. Thomas decides it wouldn’t be right to run, considering he might run into a griever by accident. Instead he takes some vine and decides to tie himself and alby to the wall. After a great struggle with lifting alby he gets him and alby up on the wall when he hears a griever.

Can grievers see? Is the griever alive like a bear or is it pure machine? Will they survive the night?

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[2] Lost Sign. 2015. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.

[3] The Importance Of Making Decisions Based On Value. 2014. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.