Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
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?

Title: The Scorch Trials
Series: Maze Runner #2
Published: October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books
ISBN: 0385738757 (ISBN13: 9780385738750)

I loved this book, so much part of me almost feels bad for only giving it 4.5 stars. Almost, but not quite. It was better than the last book, but there were a few things that kept it from being amazing.
For me, the characters were much easier to connect with. Minho, as expected, was my favorite and I completely love him. Whenever Thomas protects Minho, I like him a little more. Thomas was very likable in this book. He is very smart, yet he's very blunt. Even though the events are happening during a two week period, I am pretty sure that Thomas was passed out for about a week of it. He passed out something like 32 times, which is a bit much. Only complaint I can think of for him. Newt complements Minho's character, but I found part his part in the trials saddening, because I do like him. He's very compassionate, and definitely the person who keeps all of the Gladers together. Teresa isn't in the book very much, and she didn't turn out the way I thought she would, but I do have hope for her still.
There's a lot more action in this book, and it kept me hooked the entire time. At times, I thought the suspense was going to kill me! Also, the pacing of this book was right, none of it felt slow or boring at all.
The ending was really great, and makes me want to keep reading (who wouldn't want to read more of Minho?) . It will be pretty exciting to know more about the infamous WICKED, and if there can be a cure. Overall, it was a good book, I hope the third book is even better!

Happy reading!
Book Nerd and Proud,

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