Title : The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Published : October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
**Warning: If you have not read The Maze Runner, this review will contain spoilers. This will not be spoilery for those who haven't read The Scorch Trials.**
Synopsis: 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?
Thoughts: I couldn't think of a better word other than brutal, thus, I looked it up in a Thesaurus. Barbarous, callous, ferocious, harsh, heartless, ruthless and vicious, yet not one of these words can truly describe the Scorch. The Maze seems like a cake walk compared to what WICKED has in store for the Gladers. Every page is filled with more action, suspense and surprises than anyone can anticipate.
And I loved every minute of it.
The Scorch Trials picks up right where The Maze Runner ends. Remember the safe haven? As the reader, and with the way The Maze Runner ended, we knew this wasn't the case. The Gladers are about to have a rude awakening.
At least the Gladers know this is a trial. What they can't expect is how severe The Scorch Trial is. They know it'll be difficult. After all, they survived the Maze and dealt with the Grievers, so they can defeat anything right? Wrong. With only two weeks to cross the Scorch, sunlight that would make the Sahara look like Antartica, and Cranks (people infected with The Flare) trying to eat or kill them, the Gladers are finally realizing how "lucky" they were when they lived in the Maze.
One of the things I love about this trilogy is how well the author describes every event and setting. I can actually visualize being there, and it's not a pretty picture. Plus, the creativity is right up there with the best of them. I don't know what James Dashner was thinking when he wrote this book, but whatever it was, I'm craving more!
The same key players are still there. You have Minho, Newt, Teresa, and of course, Thomas. The real question is, who will survive? This book will have you cringing and applauding at the same time. And though there's not much to hope for, every Glader is determined to find the solution and survive.
I know after reading The Maze Runner, some (if not all) of you were trying to guess what will happen next. All I can say is expect the unexpected. Word of advice? Make sure you leave plenty of time to finish this in one sitting. With the way each chapter ends, you will instantly want to know what happens next.
For anyone who liked The Maze Runner, you'll LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Scorch Trials. If you're looking for a never ending thrill ride that will leave you breathless, I would highly recommend reading The Scorch Trials. It'll blow your mind away!