Friday, January 14, 2011

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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.

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:

Okay kiddos! I loved the Maze Runner! I did! I squeed in delight after putting it down! I had a new book to mull over for a bit. What is WICKED? Is it really Good? Etc, etc. What the fudge is going on with Thomas and Teresa's memories and all that jazz? Shuck if I know! I jumped like a crazy person when I received this book (SIGNED TOO!) for the Holiday Swap! Awesomesauce!

Okay on to the actual reviewy stuff...This book seriously had me flipping the pages super quick double time! I loved it! This had the same feel that the Maze Runner did, minus the icky grievers but replaced with something even more ickier..Cranks! I really would hate to be a Crank! I mean, to know you will slowly go insane must help speed that process on a little quicker don't you think?

I really like how Thomas grows through this book. I like how his memories are slowly coming back and the puzzle pieces are getting a bit more clearer and less puzzle-like. I loved this book something fierce but would have loved a few more answers. I know the last book will probably be all Grand Finale, but was hoping for a bone thrown at us just so we could have that..."AHHH I GET IT!" moment. Do not take that as a negative though! I think that is a great way to get us all hooked! :) James Dashner you are an evil genius! I will be anxiously awaiting the third and final (sob) book!

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