On its surface, the Glade looks like the best summer camp ever, with sky-high trees, makeshift huts, and gardens galore. But in The Maze Runner, it's home to a motley crew of teenage boys imprisoned by the 150-foot concrete walls of a seemingly impossible-to-crack maze that's teeming with hostile Alien-like creatures called Grievers. The guys, who welcome a new fellow prisoner every month, have created a tenuously stable society. When the rebellious Thomas (Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien) arrives, however, the once-predictable maze starts behaving erratically.
To adapt James Dashner's hugely popular book trilogy, first-time director Wes Ball hoped to avoid the trappings of the standard YA dystopiaeven if one Fox exec told him in no uncertain terms that the studio desired another Hunger Games. ''It's more Lord of the Flies, especially in tone,'' says Ball. ''We wanted to make it anti-young adult.''