Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This review may contain spoilers for book 1, The Maze Runner.
Book 1 review can be found here.

Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 12, 2010
Edition: Paperback (384 pages)
Cover Review: I like the cover. It looks just like the Scorch I imagined.
Series: The Maze Runner, book 2
Main Character: Thomas

"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?"
Story: The Gladers have finally escaped the maze, but their journey is not quite done. They now have to visit the Scorch, and escape the Cranks, who have the Flare.

Right before their journey across the Scorch, the Gladers were told that they were all given the Flare. In order to get rid of it, they must pass through the Scorch. If they succeed, they will be given the cure. The Gladers don't know where Teresa is. She was taken. She is used a few times as bait for Thomas.

The Gladers meet up with some Cranks, Jorge and Brenda.

(SPOILER) In the end, the Gladers have a face off between the boys and the girls, and they find that there really isn't a cure after all. (SPOILER DONE)

Characters: Again, the characters were awesome. Minho is still my favorite because of his name and his awesomeness.

I liked Brenda as well. She was a great new character to add to the mix, considering that she was a Crank. I like her much better than Teresa.

Thomas was good as always. He is seriously a great leader. I didn't like how he seemed to have fallen for Teresa so quickly. He should have noticed that Teresa seems to be playing with him.

Teresa really bothered me in this book. She kept playing with Thomas, and I really didn't appreciate it. I hate it when girls do that. I really liked her in the first book, but now... not so much.

All in All: This book was as awesome as the first book. I definitely recommend it! This book definitely succeeded my expectations, which doesn't happen often for a sequel.

Rating: 5/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear what you thought!

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