The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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Title: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 12, 2010 (hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368 
Source: Bought 

Overall: 4 Stars

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 anticipation for The Death Cure, I thought I would finally share my thoughts on The Scorch Trials! Unlike with The Maze Runner, as soon as The Scorch Trials was released, I just had to get my hands on a copy of the novel right away to learn what would happen next to Thomas and his friends!

Once again, James Dashner delivers another wild adventure filled with shocking surprises which will leave you gasping and eager to flip to the next page. Just when you thought the Gladers were finally safe after escaping from the Maze, complete chaos resumes... and the Gladers will have to complete the dangerous Scorch Trials if they wish to receive a cure to the Flare. And just like with The Maze Runner, not everyone is going to make it... If you thought The Maze Runner was more on the slow side, I have a feeling you won't be able to say the same for this one because once the action begins, it really doesn't pause to take a breather.

As more of Thomas' memories begin to surface, he begins to have doubts about himself, and how he and Teresa are connected to WICKED. Actually, James Dashner adds so many new twists in the novel that as a reader, I was beginning to doubt myself! It's not exactly crossing into being confusing territory, but there's definitely a suspenseful edge to The Scorch Trials that leaves you desperate to try and learn the truth. Everyone is a possible suspect... and it's not exactly an easy feat for Thomas to sift through all the lies to learn who can be trusted.

The ending of The Scorch Trials leaves off on a cliffhanger note... and it was definitely one which left me dearly wishing the final novel was already out. And you would think that with the sequel, you would get some more answers... but nope, if anything, I have even more questions to be solved! I can't wait to see how James Dashner will finish the trilogy when The Death Cure is released!

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  1. I haven't read The Maze Runner but I guess I need to soon. =)