Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: Oct 2010
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
The best part of any series is when everything falls to pieces. The whole world starts to go to Hell and the reader is given a front row seat for the show. If a book starts out with a bunch of dead bodies hanging from the ceiling, well that will keep my attention for quite sometime. Yeah I get it, SPOILER ALERT! But wasnt it worth it?When we last saw our Glader friends, they had just escaped the Maze and were now in ‘the real world’. This world was nothing like they had envisioned. In a nutshell, the world is shit and these kids are clueless as to what is going on. There memories are still fragmented and they are now strangers in a strange land. This is where the fun begins. The Maze Runner, while fun, was just the tip of the iceberg. There eyes were blind but they now see. Perhaps the Gladers still wish to be amongst the blind (insert any Matrix reference you so desire).I mentioned before that my favorite part of any series or story for that matter is when everything falls to pieces. This is due simply to the fact that I fancy myself an agent of chaos. I love to stir the pot and when I am not involved, I loved to kickback with an iced tea and watch all of the world fall apart. Entropy; the world is a system and this system is continually falling apart and reconstructing itself time and time again. Any good story falls to pieces somewhere along the way and it is so fun because the characters in the events are put under extreme pressure to overcome all obstacles in their way. The classic example of Empire Strikes Back comes into play in this instance. Everything ended on a cheerful note for the Rebel Alliance, or as I like to say, Luke and friends. Empire is where Luke and his merry band of Rebels get beaten to a pulp and left clinging to their last vestage of hope. That is how the Scorch Trials is; Thomas and friends are thrust out into this barren and hellish world and they are but living on a prayer. FUN!!! The Gladers are trying to seek out answers in regards to their past and why they were put in the Maze to begin with. What is WICKED? Why can Thomas speak telepathically to Teresa? Is Teresa all of who she makes herself out to be, or is there more than meets the eye? What exactly is the Scorch Trials? Why did God make Spiders? Wait…no nevermind. There are so many questions that the Maze Runner leaves unanswered and whilst some of them are answered in the Scorch trials, for every one question answered from the previous book, two more questions arise from this doozey of a tale.
Twists and turns are bountiful in the second chapter of Dashner’s Maze Runner Series. M Night Shymalain, eat your heart out. This book reads like a movie and for that, it makes for a quick read, even if it is a moderately sized novel. I read it cover to cover and payed the price for it the next day as my eyes were bloodshot and my heart was racing. It was all worth it, especially since this book leads into the final chapter; The Death Cure.