By James Dashner
Published 2013 by The Chicken House
Goodreads synopsis: 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?
I finally got around reading the second book in the Maze Runner-series, Scorch Trials. It begins from where the first book left us, when the group who escaped wakes up and finds the people who helped them out hanged in the next room and no trace of Teresa anywhere. They must cross Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world.
I didn’t like this as much as I remember liking Maze Runner. I like the premise of this book, how they think they are safe but then they realize that actually they are not. It just that everything happened too easily for them, even though it should been this really hard, exhausting journey. At the end it still seemed that it wasn’t that taxing on them, especially with Thomas who seemed to be the target for killing through whole book.
I would be interested to know that is there actually a resistance against WICKED or was it just a clever way to make them feel safe. I hope that Dashner tells more about it because we still don’t know so much about the what happened, and what is happening right now at the world.
The other thing that I didn’t find believable enough was how the girl group treated both Teresa and Thomas. With Teresa it might have been because we didn’t really see them together, they were just thrown at us at one point but it still seems little unbelievable that they would treat her as a boss, especially after what they went through in the Maze. Then there was the reaction for Thomas. He just has to say few words for the girls and they are already like oh, we like you, you are at all like Teresa said. You didn’t stop to think that he might be playing nice because of the situation?
Overall I had some problems with this book, but I also enjoyed reading it. I didn’t like so much Brenda (she insulted Minho ;^;), because it felt too much like Teresa is away so lets give Thomas other girl who right away wants him (also the thought came to mind that Dashner wants there to be a cat fight over Thomas in the future).
I liked the dialogue a lot, reading how the characters communicated with each other was fun and I could really feel and sympathize with how Thomas was feeling. This book actually concentrated a lot on how Thomas felt about things and it was nice to read about it even though it took away from the other characters.
Minho was still my favorite, even though we didn’t get so much from the side characters. He is just so snarky and fun to read and I would love to read more about him. I am also sad that there wasn’t that much of Newt, he was almost completely forgotten.
I’ll be continuing with the series, hoping that it gets better on the next book. Have you read Scorch Trial? What did you think of it? Tell me down on the comments!