The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Book: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: October 12th, 2010
Pages: 361
Source: Library
Date Started: August 24th, 2014
Date Finished: August 28th, 2014
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Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

 

Hello fellow readers! So when I first read The Maze Runner, I had difficulty reading it. It took me a few attempts to start the book, and I kept putting it down. One day, I decided to just push through it, and I eventually got through it. It wasn’t my favorite dystopian book. I didn’t feel a great connection to the characters, and I was left with more questions than answers. I was sorely disappointed, and it was truly one of the books that had fallen to the hype. However, with The Scorch Trials, I think I like this series a lot more. This second book redeemed the series for me.

We pick up right after the events of The Maze Runner. Thomas, Teresa, and the other Gladers, have escaped the maze and are now in the hands of WICKED. They think they have gotten past the worst of it, but they are wrong. They are quickly thrown into another trial, where they have two weeks to make it across a burnt out section of land, facing whatever variable that WICKED can throw at them. They’ve already lost so many of their group, how many more friends can Thomas lose? And will they ever find the answers to the questions to which they seek?

One issue that I had with The Maze Runner was the fact that there wasn’t really a look into who or what was creating these trials. I know that these questions are answered in the following books, but I just wanted a few hints here and there. It was mostly the maze, and my mind kept wandering outside of the maze. The Scorch Trials brings up more of the real reason for WICKED existing, and thats what really got me intrigued. Thomas’s memories start coming back, which are little glimpses into his life before the maze and when he was working for WICKED. I’m glad for his memories starting to return, and I can’t wait for the moment when they fully do come back. Thats whats keeping me in this series. The plot also went a lot faster than The Maze Runner did. I found myself bored sometimes in the first book, and the Scorch Trials definitely moved at a faster pace that I was really thankful for.

I also questioned the love aspect of The Maze Runner. I couldn’t figure out what was really going on, and The Scorch Trials pushed it a bit further. Things were confusing, but at least there was a deeper plot to the whole Thomas and Teresa thing.

I’m excited to read The Death Cure and The Kill Order. I am also looking forward to watching The Maze Runner movie. I always thought that this story would have done better as a film, so I’m intrigued to see how they do with the film.

Sam.

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