Warning! Read The Maze Runner before continuing with this post. I will be reviewing the sequel, The Scorch Trials, and I don’t want to ruin the entire series for you!
If you’re still reading after the above warning, then it should be obvious that this post will be about The Scorch Trials, the absolutely amazing sequel to The Maze Runner. I reacted to this second book much the same way that I did to the first. I was both enthralled and horrified at the same time, and I applaud author James Dashner at his ability to keep me guessing while engaging my imagination. The Scorch Trials is not a particularly easy book to read. Some of the scenes are terrifying and can turn one’s stomach, but this is a gripping book, and readers will not be able to look away from the carnage.
Thomas and the rest of the Gladers have escaped the Maze, and they’re sure that things can only get better from here. Well, they could not be more wrong. Things are about to get much worse. How, you ask? It seems that all of them have been infected with a disease called the Flare, and they must cross a vast desert, the Scorch, to receive the cure. Simple, right? Yeah…not so much.
On their journey to the “safe haven,” Thomas and the gang will encounter things that make the Maze seem like a walk in the park. Vast deserts with no relief from the dry, hot sun; freak thunderstorms with killer lightning and ravaging winds; a rival group with their own agenda; and “Cranks,” people who have already succumbed to the Flare and have gone completely mad. The group’s odds of survival are dwindling, hope is fading, and no one knows who they can trust anymore. Thomas just knows that they have to keep fighting, no matter what is thrown their way.
But what happens when everything Thomas thought he knew seems to go up in smoke? What will happen to his will to survive? How can he and the others possibly reach the cure in one piece? Is it even possible? Why do they have to do this anyway? Who is really in charge of everything happening to Thomas and his friends? And is there any way to stop this madness? Join Thomas in the fight for his life when you read The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.
I don’t feel that this post has done justice to this amazing book. I can’t even begin to tell you about everything that happened in The Scorch Trials. It’s almost like the literary version of watching a car accident. You know something really bad is happening, but you just can’t look away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. I can tell you, though, that I am now eagerly waiting on the third (and final?) book in this trilogy, The Death Cure, which is scheduled to be released on October 11th this year. Judging by the title alone, it doesn’t look like things are going to get much better for Thomas and friends…
For more information on author James Dashner and this wonderful series, I encourage you to visit http://www.jamesdashner.com/.