Thursday, January 31, 2013

"The Scorch Trials" - Book Review

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
My Review:

This second installment to the Maze Runner series was pretty intense. The Scorch Trials was super action-packed and suspenseful, there was never a dull moment. There were a lot of crazy things going on throughout the story, the boys had more of an adventure in this book than the last one if that's even possible. A lot of new characters were introduced in The Scorch Trials, and without giving away any spoilers they're pretty memorable. However, I now very much dislike a particular character very much (not mentioning any names).
After reading this sequel in the trilogy I've come to the conclusion that Minho is by far my favorite character. He's spunky and smart mouthed and he had a lot of highlighted moments in this book. I had instantly liked Minho the moment he showed up in The Maze Runner but The Scorch Trials really added depth to his character.
Dashner did a  good job of keeping us on our toes in The Scorch Trials but there was a lot of confusion towards the end of the book leading up to the inevitable cliff hanger. I'm super excited to read the next book, more excited than I was after reading The Maze Runner, I really want to know the truth behind it all (almost as much as the Gladers themselves). Klunk it, I'm too impatient to wait to get my hands on The Death Cure, and not to mention the prequel to the entire Maze Runner series, The Kill Order.


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