Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read Maze Runner.
Summary:(from book jacket). 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 the 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?
 Review: This book was awesome. The plot was really fast paced and there was a new surprise around every corner. Just when you thought you knew what was going on something changed. Although there is more information on WICKED and the reason behind the trials. This book also raises many new questions as to what is going on. I can't wait for the third and final book in the series where all the questions will hopefully be answered. This series is amazing. I do have some theories on how the series is going to end, but judging on the surprises in the first two books I'm probably way off.
  I really liked the characters in this book. All the characters form Maze Runner are back and I was glad. Newt is awesome ans Minho is hilarious. I also liked the fact that Thomas seemed different in this book. he wasn't as clueless and scared as he was at the beginning of Maze Runner. Don't get me wrong, there were several opportunities to be plenty scared and he is still somewhat clueless as to what is going on, but I think he has more confidence and determination to figure out what is going on. There were a few new characters in this book. the main one worth mentioning is Brenda. I liked her I just hope she doesn't become any more important than she already is.
  Overall, this book was as good if not better than Maze Runner. There were plot twists around every corner. anyone who has read Maze Runner will not be disappointed with this book. if you haven't read this series you definitely should.

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