The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner
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?
What you’re in for: Phase 2. Craziness. Telepathy. Illusions. Confusion. Tattoos. Surprises. Suspense. Betrayal.
Okay, so much crazy sh*t happened in this book. It was pretty much non-stop action/adventure/absolute craziness. It seemed like almost every chapter ended with a mini cliffhanger! I’m not sure how James Dashner came up with this stuff. He must have a very creative mind.
I’m not going to say much at all about the story, because I don’t want to ruin a single thing for you. But, there is just so much that goes on and so much that these poor characters have to go through in order to survive and make it to the end of Phase 2.
Why only 3/5 stars? I feel like we still don’t have much more knowledge about what the heck is going on than we did after the first book. So, that was unsatisfying to me. I also felt that Thomas wasn’t very likable at times in this book. I, honestly (and don’t hate me for saying this), think that the movies might just be better than the books in this case. Which I have never run into before! This is just judging from me seeing the first movie, but not reading it, and reading the second book. So, of course, I can’t say for sure until I see the second movie. But, I would say that the first movie was better than the second book.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book. Especially with that ending! Another wtf moment! What’s going to happen now? What could possibly be in store for Thomas and the others next?