Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2), The

James Dashner
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.


I absolutely enjoyed The Maze Runner, the concept of people being trapped in a giant maze and having to solve the mystery to go out sounds promising and the author executed it quite well. The Maze Runner was full of mystery, suspense, and even creepy at times. There was lots of action, but also time for some character development, I especially enjoyed the relationship between Thomas and the friends he made in this new place. There was no room for stupid romance and all strict to business, which I actually was glad about.

But The Scorch Trials was different. Suddenly we have this Thomas becoming some lovesick person, constantly thinking about girls (and actually being surrounded by a girl). There wasn't much about the relationship between Thomas and his friends. On top of that, the adventures in this book were nothing special and even boring at times. It went downwards the moment Thomas got separated from the rest of the group, and since we're following him, we have to read all the crap he's experiencing. Unlike the smart, sometimes too impulsive, heroic guy in the first book, he had become some weakling in this one. He hadn't achieved anything, except for passing out constantly and having to be rescued by others. The only highlight in the book is the character Minho, he had become funnier and even more likeable than in the first book.
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