Mar 1, 2013

The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

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? (From back of book)
The Scorch Trials is the sequel to the Maze Runner, and wow, what a ride!
So far these books have left my head spinning in about a bazillion different directions! I am not 100% sold on the dystopian genre, (for who knows what reason, I'm just weird like that) give me a good old fantasy novel, preferably with swords and some sort of cool allegory, any day! But my point is this book has convinced me to not completely write off dystopian books all together. Now don't get too excited, this doesn't mean I am gung ho about the genre, it just means I am more open minded than I was before. The Maze Runner didn't really reveal itself as a dystopian until the end.
I love the edge-of-your-seat feel I experienced in this book! With so many unexpected twists and turns it left me wondering if it was legal. Though I have one complaint on that, the abruptness of everything kind of got annoying at the end. Though I guess you could call it good writing, it just seemed like overkill. I was kind of glad that the book ended. Though this isn't to say the writing wasn't good, quite the contrary, in fact, it's amazing!
I love Thomas; even missing his memory, he's an great character. In some small ways he reminds me of the character I'm writing.
Though there is a few things I wasn't crazy about.
As I mentioned in my review of The Maze Runner there were these words that were not necessarily cuss words, just sometimes they were used that way. Though there was not as much in this book than in the first one.
And my second issue was the bit of a love triangle towards the end. I think Thomas would be wise to stay away from both girls, though I doubt he'll comply. Overall it wasn't too bad. A few awkward scenes, but I guess it could have been worse.
in comparison to The Maze Runner, I think I like the first book better. But It's so hard to gauge! They are both incredible books!
I don't think the cliffhanger was as bad in this book as in the first one. But I'll hold off on getting the final book from the library. I have some other books that need finishing first. This copy aslo included the first 2 chapters of the next book, but I didn't read them. One cliffhanger is enough for me! I can wait a little longer. :-)
Title - The Scorch Trials
Author - James Dashner
Series/Trilogy Title - The Maze Runner Trilogy
Book in the Series/Trilogy - #2
Pages - 361
Type of Book - Dystopian fiction
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