Dashner did many things to keep the book alive. He created a
street maze vocabulary, and an enigmatic plot that gripped the reader with suspense. But mostly it's his message of hope that got to me. The boys living in the maze are survivalists. They grow their own crops, cook, enforce just laws -- if people were more like them we wouldn't have crime.
It seems the book might even become a movie. According to IMDB director Wes Ball signed up with the Gotham Group in August 2012.