REVIEW: #85 The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
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Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Synopsis: (Taken From Amazon.com) 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?
Review: (Note: If you have NOT read The Maze Runner, please do not read this review as there are some spoilers. Instead, what are you waiting for? Go read The Maze Runner!) After reading The Maze Runner, I knew I had to continue reading this trilogy. After all, I am a sucker for a good adventurous dystopian novel and James Dashner writes a damn good one.
Thomas and a few select members from the Glade have survived the murderous trials of the maze brought on by an organization called “WICKED”. What Thomas and group fail to realize is that the trials are not over. They have only just begun.
A horrible disease has brought down the World; a disease called “The Flare” and the everyone has it, including our hero Thomas. In order to rid themselves of impending insanity, they must subject themselves to more trials and travel across the abandoned land called “The Scorch” and find their safe haven.
With Teresa being taken away, the boys are all given a specific role. What is Thomas’ role? His role is to be killed by Test Group B. You see, the boys weren’t the only group put into a maze but there was another test group made primarily of all girls and Teresa has joined them.
The Scorch Trials is riddled with new characters (eerily creepy humans affected by the Flare and have become zombie-like cranks) and Thomas finds himself unable to trust anyone, including himself.
The Scorch Trials starts quickly and is fast paced, emotional, and thrilling. Unfortunately, and I tell you this, you’ll be left with more questions and little answered. Looks like I have to wait.. yet again .. for a book in this thrilling series.
Overall, I recommend the read. Just make sure you read it with the lights turned on.