It’s a dystopic, post-apocalyptic future and teens are being picked on again. They’re not the keeper of the community’s memories, they aren’t supposed to kill each other, they’re just stuck in this massive concrete and steel edifice with only their own wits and guile to make it through each day. In fact, some of the teen boys — and it’s all boys, for no obvious reason — have been in The Glade for years, trying to eke out sustenance while avoiding The Maze. Yes, in case you haven’t figured it out, they’re all stuck in the middle of this massive maze.
Everything revolves around the newest “greenie”, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who has appeared in the Glade exactly how everyone else has: via a freight elevator that comes up to the surface from a subterranean complex. He’s different than the other boys (of course!) in that he’s driven to figure out what’s going on, what the Maze is all about and why they’re stuck there. The status quo, a fragile society built by old-timer Gally (Will Poulter), Thomas finds completely unacceptable, with its caste system and fear of exploration.
There are a group of boys called Maze Runners who dash into the massive Maze every morning, running up and down the different lanes to map it all out and find a way out. But they have to be swift: the maze closes and leaves the boys in the glade isolated every night at sunset. Anyone left inside the maze at night is killed by the Grievers. Maze, meet Minotaur.