Sunday, October 31, 2010

Review: The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner
Hardcover: 360 pages
Published October 12, 2010

The Maze was only the beginning...

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?

My Review / Rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I closed this book, I was left feeling confused and frustrated. In the Scorch Trials, Thomas and his fellow Gladers are put through more tests. A "trial" with more "variables" that takes them through a creepy town with creepy people called "Cranks."

This second installment reminded me of Lost mixed with zombie themed elements. The world has been infected with a disease known as the "Flare," where people slowly lose their minds and crave human flesh. Thomas and his crew are all "candidates" for something unknown.

Dashner's attempt at mystery and suspense is limited to redundancy- everything is a test to see how Thomas reacts to it. Is WICKED good or bad? Wicked is good. Wait no, now WICKED is bad. WICKED is good? In the end, we are left with no real answers, but in a way the reader can relate to Thomas and the survivors because WE ALL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON!

1 comment:

  1. The plot of the Scorch Trials was confusing, but I enjoyed it immensely! I thought that it was even better than The Maze Runner. Hopefully, the last book in the trilogy, The Death Cure, will clear things up. Thanks for your honest review!

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