The Scorch Trials
By: James Dashner
Released: October 12, 2010
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"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?" (Summary from goodreads.com)
James Dashner's The Scorch Trials is the sequel to The Maze Runner and picks up immediately where The Maze Runner left off. The boys are being put to test in another trial. This time they must make it across the Scorch in two weeks. The Scorch is the part of the world that is the most damaged from the sun flares. The boys must not only survive the unbearable heat but they must fend off the Cranks who are like zombies driven to insanity by the disease called the Flare.
Once again this series has left me speechless. I really enjoyed The Scorch Trials almost as much as I enjoyed The Maze Runner. The characters definitely grew on me even more in this book, especially Thomas. The boys are being put through another deadly trial and they still don't give up. Minho is one of my favorite characters in this series and I was happy to see much more of him. I enjoyed meeting the new characters Aris and Brenda. I also loved the flashbacks because it gave me a bit more of an understanding to not just the plot but also to who Thomas and Teresa were before.
I was little hesitant that The Scorch Trials wouldn't be as good as The Maze Runner but this sequel definitely delivers. Once again Dashner uses countless shocking twists throughout the story that I never expected. I was never entirely sure of which character I could trust. I loved that the plot picked up instantly because it immediately captured my attention. The plot also moved along much faster than The Maze Runner which is why I finished this book quickly. Another thing I loved about The Scorch Trials is the setting. I like the setting in the Scorch much more than the maze in The Maze Runner because they were out in the real world. The ending leaves on a cliffhanger again so I can't wait to begin reading the final book in the series, The Death Cure. I strongly recommend The Scorch Trials and the rest of The Maze Runner series, it is an exciting and surprising story.