Ralph & Thomas
Both boys playing a leadership role and acting as the main protagonist in their books. Although Ralph had sense of who he was and what role he is playing, Thomas came in without any acknowledgment of who he was not even what his name was. A difference between these two was Ralph came on the island a leader later to be replaced or forced out by Jack, on the other hand Thomas came in as builder and ended up leading the boys to their escape
Piggy & Newt
Piggy and Newt play similar roles in which they are a kind of left hand for Ralph and Thomas. Although both being the brains of the boys, they do tend to keep Ralph and Thomas close by throughout the novel.
Jack & Gally
Jack and Gally both play a type of villein in their novels. Jack, leader o the choir boys is a militant leader who relies on hunting and savagery. Gally bullied Thomas his first day and never really agreed with any choices or even when he was declared a runner. Both show a type of envy towards Ralph and Thomas. Jack tries to over ride Ralph in the beginning but none of the boys go with him, Gally tries to convince the boys Thomas inst who hes saying he is but none of the boys believe him.
During an unnamed time of war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash and find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they are alone without adult supervision. Ralph, whom the other boys choose as chief, leads Jack and another boy, Simon, on an expedition to explore the island. On their expedition they determine that they are, in fact, on a deserted island and decide that they need to find food. The three boys find a pig, which Jack prepares to kill but finally balks before he can actually stab it.
There's this kid who wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his past other than the fact that his name is Thomas. When it the elevator doors open, he is pulled into a huge glade by a bunch of teenage boys who also have no memories besides what they should be called. They all share a strange vocabulary, and the same mysterious fate. Thomas gradually discovers that the Glade is run by two boys, Alby and Newt, who maintain order by enforcing strict rules and keeping all of the boys busy harvesting food and whatnot. This is important because outside the Glade is the Maze, a terrifying labyrinth of high walls covered in ivy, and lethal creatures known as Grievers. So the boys are stuck trying to stay alive as well as solving the Maze by running through it as fast as they can while tracking movements of the walls and trying to find an exit.
Both these plots are portrayed in a similar ways.
- Only boys
- Stranded in a unnatural location
- Young boys only no older men
- Grievers/The Beast
- Eventually escape
- During a nuclear war/During an apocalypse
- The Conch/The Maze
The setting plays a major role in this novel. The boys are basically stranded on an uninhabited tropical island, presumably somewhere in the Pacific in the 1950's. Unlike The Maze Runner, the setting is in the distinct future and the boys are trapped in this field surrounded by sky high concrete walls covered in ivy and a maze circling around the entire field. Both group of boys being trapped and having to over come each other so they are able to survive in a deadly setting without any adults around to enforce any sort of law and order. The ocean somewhat like the maze both setting have a type of jungle and they form a small civilization.