Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Scorch Trials By James Dashner

Title: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Young Adult/ Dystopian
Other in series: The Maze Runner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: October 12th 2010
Rating: 5/5

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?

The Scorch Trials Continues from where we left off, having been rescued from the glade Thomas and his friends think that finally all their suffering has come to an end. But they are wrong. The rescue was nothing more than another plan of WICKED (The mysterious organization who run the Maze Trials). The book instantly begins into action. I Love how James Dashner doesn't create one boring moment for you as a reader. As with the Maze Runner I was constantly on edge whilst reading this book.

The new trials are called the Scorch Trials where Thomas and the gladers have to cross a diseased land filled with people gone mad with the diseases called the Flare. Teresa who is the only girl in the first book, mysteriously disappears in the beginning of the book. At first I didn't like this as I was hoping for a romantic subplot to unfold but in the middle of the book you find out why Teresa had to leave.

Thomas and his friends Minho and Newt, lead the gladers across the ravaged land in the promise of a cure for the flare. From there onwards you are taken on a thrilling and exciting journey full of obstacles and unexpected twists. I have never read a book so fast paced in my life. I finished reading The Scorch Trials in one day. I just couldn't put it down.

James Dashner executes this book too well. The only problem was that I was hoping to get some solid answers to the questions from book 1. While you do get some of them most of them were not answered for me, I guess I have to wait to read The Death Cure the final book in this trilogy.

I would seriously recommend everyone of any age to read this book, It's that good! I couldn't put it down! If you like mystery and adventure this is a book for you!

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