Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Scorch Trials [Review]

360 Pages [Kindle]
Published 12 October 2010

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?

My Thoughts:
In the sequel to The Maze Runner, the Gladers are finally safe. They are rescued. And then everything goes wrong...

Soon they find out that instead of a safe haven, they are now about to start the 2nd phase created by WICKED. They travel through a pitch black tunnel and are attacked by silver, amorphous, fire hot, metal balls. When they finally reach the end of the tunnel, they realize they are at the surface where sun flares have created an apocalyptic climate and there are zombie-like Flare-infected humans.

In this book, you are kind of given a mindf#@& situation. You don't really know what's the truth and what is a WICKED created Variable. You don't know who is a genuine person. You question everything. I absolutely love how Dashner has created a story that makes you suspicious of each character and has you questioning what's really going on. It's not a predictable read. It's rare to find that kind of quality of work nowadays with so many books being written about the same thing. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind series. If you love dystopia or off-the-wall type reads, pick up this series!

Previous Review:
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater {here}

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Melissa said...

I loved this book. Def agree on the mindf#A& thing!

tara said...

ohh this sounds pretty good!

Kim @ said...

i really liked this trilogy. i started reading when only the maze runner was out and then i hate to wait for the next two (whyy do i do that to myself!!)

im also surprised i liked it bc normally when i read YA fiction i like the love story (almost always a triangle) but this series didn't really have one.

i cant remember that specific book (they just all blend together) so i dont want to give anything away until you've finished!!