The Maze Runner Chapters 25-28 Summary & Analysis
The Keepers are stunned by Minho’s recommendation, and stare at him in silence. Gally breaks the silence by declaring the recommendation absurd, which prompts the Keepers to argue about Minho’s suggestion until Newt is finally able to calm everyone down again. He threatens to disband the Council and start with all new people if the Keepers do not remain civil, and then asks Minho to explain his proposal. Though exhausted, Minho adamantly defends his recommendation, saying that none of the Keepers have even been in the Maze besides Newt and himself. Gally interrupts, saying that he has been inside the Maze, but Minho cuts him off and yells at him. He calls Gally a hypocrite, because when he entered the Maze he broke the same rule that Thomas did, and which he is now trying to punish Thomas for.
Minho continues, saying that when the two were inside the Maze, he got scared and ran away, but Thomas remained calm and risked his own life to protect Alby, even though he had heard all of the terrible stories about the Maze. Any other Glader who had been there for as little time as Thomas would not have been able to do what he did. Gally interrupts again, saying that Thomas was just lucky. Minho responds by telling Gally he is a coward who has never even volunteered to be a Runner, and therefore he has no right to say anything about Thomas. Embarrassed by Minho’s insults, Gally threatens to break Minho’s neck. Minho laughs, but then pushes Gally to the ground and steps on his back, telling Gally that if he ever threatens him again, he will break his arms and legs before breaking his neck. Newt and Winston pull Minho off Gally. Before storming out of the room, Gally says that things are going to change, that he has been through the Changing and has seen Thomas’s face. He is determined to find out what Thomas is up to and stop his plans, even if he has to kill him.
Thomas fears that Gally has lost his mind and will make good on his death threat. Minho says that they should throw Gally in the Slammer, as he not only threatened to break his neck, but to kill Thomas as well. Winston agrees with Gally, saying that the events surrounding Thomas’s arrival and time in the Maze are suspicious and that they cannot simply dismiss that fact. Tired of being talked about as if he is not in the room, Thomas asks if he can finally speak, and Newt agrees. Thomas says that he cannot attest to who he might really be, as he knows as much as anyone else. The fact is that they should judge him based on his actions in the Maze alone. He also says that he did break the rule, but that he only did so because he saw two people who really needed his help.
Newt decides that Thomas broke the rule and should be punished for it; he proposes that he be thrown in the Slammer for one day and be elected a Runner. As for being a Keeper, Newt agrees with Gally that it is out of the question. Minho objects, and Newt finally agrees that if Thomas proves himself within a month’s time, he can be the Keeper of the Runners. The Council votes, and the recommendation is passed. As everyone prepares to leave, Chuck enters and says that Alby is awake. Newt prepares to visit Alby but Chuck says that Alby has specifically asked to talk to Thomas.
Making his way to Alby’s room, Thomas remembers walking the same path and seeing Ben going through the Changing, and braces himself for the worst. He and Newt enter Alby’s room. Alby, who still looks sick, says that he saw Thomas and the girl together, and that everything is going to change. Newt tries to understand but Alby yells at him to leave, saying that he only asked for Thomas. Alone together, Alby says that he knows now who Thomas is, and that during the Changing he saw Thomas and the girl working with the Creators in the place they came from before the Maze. Alby says that he remembers an event called the Flare, and that the world outside the Glade is horrible. Alby wonders why the Creators would let them remember this, and why they will not let them live in peace in the Glade.
Alby starts to say something else, but then begins to violently choke himself. Thomas calls for Newt and together they try to restrain Alby. Though it seems that Alby might kill himself, he suddenly calms down and stops choking himself. He tells the two boys that he does not understand what just happened, and that it felt as if someone was controlling his body. As Thomas and Newt leave the room, Alby tells Thomas to be careful with the girl, causing Thomas to wonder again what his connection to her is. Lastly, Alby says that Newt should protect the Maps.
Newt and Thomas get leftovers from Frypan’s kitchen and discuss what happened to Alby. Thomas asks if it has ever happened before, and Newt says that no one has ever tried to talk about what they remembered from the Changing before. Thomas wonders if the Creators can control them through some sort of mind control while they are in the Maze. Newt then says that they need to find Gally and throw him in the Slammer, as he threatened to kill Thomas and they need to maintain order in the Glade. He reminds Thomas that he will spend the next day in the Slammer himself, before reporting to Minho for training as a Runner. Thomas welcomes the idea, knowing that the best place for him to be at the moment is away from the other Gladers.
Newt says that they have to address the accusations made against Thomas. Alby, the girl, Ben, and Gally all said that things would change. Moreover, Alby, Ben and Gally all saw Thomas during their Changing. Newt says that they need to find out who Thomas was before coming to the Glade, and tells Thomas to open his mind and be honest about what he sees and feels. Initially, this annoys Thomas, as he knows as little as everyone else, but he finally tells Newt that he feels as if he has been to the Glade before. Newt says that the feeling is interesting, as almost everyone else was scared to death on arriving to the Glade. Newt urges him to try to remember as much as he can before announcing that they need to go and see the girl, which is what Thomas was afraid he would say.
When they get to the girl’s room, Clint says that, though she has been unconscious the whole time, she has been rambling about how everything will change and has been repeating Thomas’s name. Newt again asks him to focus on her and see if anything feels familiar. As Thomas stares at her, he thinks she does indeed look familiar, and feels as if memories are trying to emerge. Suddenly, he hears a girl’s voice say the name “Teresa” in his head. After telling Newt what he heard, Newt says that Thomas must have pulled her name from his memory. Thomas then hears the same voice say his own name. He tries to explain to Newt that she is talking inside his head, but Newt simply tells him to sit down. Thomas then hears her say that they are the last ones and that she will not remember anything by the time she wakes up. Teresa says that they can pass the Trials and that she was sent as a trigger. Terrified by the fact that he can hear the girl speaking inside his head Thomas runs out of the room to escape the voice, ignoring Newt’s questions and pleas. In an attempt to get away from the voice, Thomas runs further and further into the Maze. As he runs, Teresa says, “It was you and me, Tom. We did this to them. To us” (184).
Chapter 25 – Chapter 28 Analysis
The trial scene once again points to the lack of control the Gladers have over their lives. Thomas feels he has done the right thing. It just makes sense to him. It seems illogical that he has to sit quietly as people argue about his motivations and whether or not he should be punished. Again, rules and order are prioritized above the human face of society. Thomas wants the Gladers to judge him on his actions in the Maze, which also points to how a system that is supposedly objective can still be affected by personal biases.
Minho’s support for Thomas—which extends to offering him his own position—marks a break within the leadership of the Glade. It also shows how fragile that leadership is. The Keepers, after all, are teenagers. Yet they have established rule and law. However, when one thing out of the ordinary happens, chaos ensues, as evinced by the fact that time and again Newt has to quiet them and even threatens to disband the council altogether.
When Gally threatens Thomas, Thomas is again forced to confront a previous life that he has no recollection of. Gally and Minho’s fight, as well as Gally’s departure and threat, set the scene for division within the Glade between those who think Thomas is a “sinner” and those who think he is a “saint.” Once again, Thomas is the suspect of inquiry as Alby, too, sees him in his visions after going through the Changing. Alby, however, does something that no one else has tried to do, and attempts to talk about his memories. This results in Alby trying to kill himself, which again suggests that the Gladers are not in control of their own lives and that the strings which control them are deadly and omnipotent. Just as deadly, however, seems to be the world outside the Glade, and Alby is in no hurry to get back. This revelation points again to the dystopian setting of the novel.
Thomas is dealt another blow when he finds that he can somehow communicate telepathically with Teresa, the girl in the coma. This is too much for him, and as if to underscore what all the others are saying, Teresa tells him that the two of them are responsible for putting the others in the Glade. Against his will, Thomas is forced to consider who he was in his past life, and more importantly, he is forced to consider who he will become with this newfound information.