The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Feb 22, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: October 12th 2010
ISBN: 0385738757
Pages: 360 pages
Source: Publisher
From Goodreads.com:
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 the moment I set down The Maze Runner. I was so excited to see what happened next and I was not disappointed. In order to keep this review spoiler free I was unable to really elaborate on anything and it isn't extremely detailed.

The story starts shortly after the first book and things took off right from the start. There were so many things that continually perplexed me and it was only the first 50 pages! I sat down with this book and realized that I had not put it down for hours, and I couldn't. I read some reviews that found this book to not be all that great and some that found it to be better than the first, I personally loved it just as much as the first one. James Dashner kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing, even after the book was over.

There were new characters and of course the old ones, and I still love Minho. The characters get me guessing just as much as the plot and I loved that every one of them added to the story. I only have one problem with the characters and that is I didn't feel entirely close to them. I found that when a character was hurt or died, I didn't really have much feeling about it at all. I wish that Dashner had made some of those characters more personable in this book so that I could not only be shocked, but also truly sad for the character.

Overall this is a great sequel and the ending left me utterly confused. I cannot wait for the third book!

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars

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