5 November, 2010Daily Archives

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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Reason(s) for Reading:
  • I loved The Maze Runner and couldn’t wait to see what happens in Book 2.
  • I’ve become a huge fan of dystopia and science fiction and can’t get enough of them lately!
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Summary from GoodReads:

The Maze was only the beginning…

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, much of 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 done 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?

My Review (Spoiler free!):

After reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner earlier this year, it was inevitable that I would hurry to pick up The Scorch Trials.  Before doing so, however, I refreshed my memory with another read-through of The Maze Runner… and I think I liked it even more the second time around.

With The Scorch Trials I found it easier to adapt to the world and the “variables” being thrown at Thomas and his crew, mostly because of how The Maze Runner had prepared me for them.  Dashner does a fantastic job of building the tension and then, just when it gets to the breaking point, throwing in something so random, so out of the blue, that the tension subsides and starts to build in another, different way.

What makes The Scorch Trials so different from The Maze Runner is – now that the kids know who WICKED is, they have a bit more knowledge of what is going on – but that still doesn’t mean that this book will make complete sense to you, as it doesn’t to them.  And that is what makes the book so much fun.

There is plenty of action, plenty of excitement and I grew even more attached to these characters, these teenagers struggling in a world where hope seems so dead.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the last book in this trilogy and next year cannot come soon enough.  I haven’t felt this much anticipation for a book since Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – and while the books are somewhat similar, I really appreciate the teamwork Dashner has chosen to implement in The Maze Runner trilogy and think he’s doing a fantastic job of telling his story.

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