Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (The Maze Runner, #2)

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The Scorch Trials

By James Dashner

Series: The Maze Runner

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Scorch Trials is the second installment in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.  If you loved the first book in this series you are going to love this one.  Dashner continues to deliver a solid story with characters who grow and evolve as they learn more and have to work out what exactly is happening to them.  Filled with suspense and action, The Scorch Trials delivers a powerful punch.  You certainly won’t want to put this book down.

Synopsis

Thomas and the Gladers solved the maze. That was supposed to be the end and they would finally get their lives back.  But WICKED is still there in the background dictating their lives.  Just when Thomas, Teresa and the other Gladers thought they were safe from the dangers of the maze, they are faced with the dangers of the real world.  A world that fell apart years ago.  The world is now a place where government has little control.  The Cranks rule huge areas of the world.  Suffering from a degenerative disease called the Flare, that leaves festering wounds and causes a murderous insanity, the Cranks have been left to wander the fallen cities searching for their next victim.

Thomas and the Gladers are stripped from the safety they so desperately wanted.  Now they are on the run again.  Having been exposed to The Flare, they have no choice but to cross the Scorch, a torched and burned-out section of the world.  And time is ticking, if they don’t reach it in two weeks they won’t survive.  But the Gladers don’t know who to trust and who to follow.  The decisions they make will surely affect the outcome of this trial and maybe even their lives.

My Thoughts

The Scorch Trials was another solid book for the Maze Runner series.  I love that Dashner kept the pace up for this series.  The twists and turns in this book kept me on the edge of my seat until the end of the book.  Another great YA book that teens and juveniles are going to latch onto it.  As with the first book, this book has a simple, straightforward plot that I believe will translate well into a movie format.  Though, I’m going to admit that there was a level of complexity in the characters that you didn’t have in the first book.  This is great for Dashner’s characters and for the readers.  It keeps everything and everyone interesting and it keeps the readers connected so they become more invested in the series.

One of the things I love about this series is the mystery behind what is happening.  You never quite feel like you can take everything at face value.  Something is always hiding right below the surface and you aren’t sure if you should believe what you see or what’s being said.  And Thomas is a great hero.  He’s so human and constantly on edge, never sure if he should believe what he’s being told and always rethinking and reinterpreting.  And he never knows who to trust.  There are times in this book when I can’t help but feel sorry for Thomas.  But I keep hoping that he’s going to get his revenge for everything that’s been done to him and the Gladers.  Maybe the final book will give me the outcome I crave.  I suppose I’m just going to have to read it to find out.

Overall, a great second book for this series.  I definitely recommend to all young readers.  This series is going to stay on the top of my lists of series to recommend to young readers.

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