Another strong character! Teresa is from The Maze Runner, a most excellent book that I love wholeheartedly. The main character of the book is a boy called Thomas. It all begins with him in a lift, going upwards. When he arrives he finds himself in a place called the Glade, surrounded by other boys. Thomas cannot remember anything about himself apart from his name, but after living with the boys for a little while he finds that everyone is like that.
Every month, a new boy gets sent up in the lift (which the boys nicknamed ‘The Hole’). All the boys are working together for one thing: to escape. Surrounding the Glade is a maze. And living in the maze are the Greivers. These are terrible, half-animal, half-machine creatures. At night, when the doors close, the Greivers come out into the maze. The Gladers think that if they run the maze every day they will one day find the way out.
Then, one day, a girl (Teresa) comes up in the box. In two years of the boys living here, a girl has never arrived. The next day the sun doesn’t rise. Then, the weekly supplies that are supposted to come up in the box don’t arrive. The final straw is the doors. They don’t close one night, leaving the entire glade open to attack from the Greivers. Mayhem insues, and the boys, looking for a scapegoat, blame Teresa, her being the last to come up. They lock her up. How does she react?
But before Teresa could answer, Newt was running out of the woods. “How in the…?” he said as he pulled up in front of them. Alby and a few others were right behind him. Newt looked at Teresa. “How’d you get here? Med-jack said you were there one second and buggin’ gone the next.”
Teresa stood up, surprising Thomas with her confidence. “Guess he forgot to tell the little part about me kicking him in the groin and climbing out the window.”
Thomas almost laughed as Newt turned to an older boy standing nearby, whose face had turned bright red.
“Congrats, Jeff,” Newt said. “You’re officially the first guy here to get your butt beat by a girl.”
Teresa didn’t stop. “Keep talking like that and you’ll be next.”
Not only that, but she is perfectly calm even though all hell has broken loose. What’s not to love?!