The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch TrialsSource: Own collection
Format: Paperback
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

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 picked this book up hard on the heels of The Maze Runner. I still had unanswered questions, given that The Maze Runner (the book) gave as many answers as the movie had – pretty much none. So reading the next book was a necessity.

To my utter satisfaction, The Scorch Trials began to fill in some of the blanks, particularly as Thomas begins to remember some of his life before the maze. But thankfully, Dashner doesn’t hand the answers on a platter. One still has to connect the dots and make a few educated guesses.

What I really loved about this book – and The Maze Runner too, really – is that Dashner employs some ingenious (and vicious!?) tech that is pretty unique to his books. Very refreshing. And yet again, this one is a rollercoaster ride as events just do not let up on Thomas and his fellow Gladers. The challenges they face in this second book are even greater than the first – kudos to Dashner for achieving this!

And I was particularly chuffed with myself to figure out one event near the beginning of the book that the teens never work out for themselves – probably due to the fact that they’re constantly being thrown with new threats, so never got to really think about it.

Onwards to The Death Cure. Post Haste.

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