Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The book is: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
I rated it: 5 out of 5 stars!  (LOVE)
The summary from Goodreads is: 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 Overall Thoughts: I loved every page of this book. I liked The Maze Runner, but I LOVED the Scorch Trials. I felt this was a stronger book than the first because while the plot was every bit as complex and exciting and mysterious, I thought the characters got a little more attention and development. I also liked that there was a tiny bit more romance in this book. (What can I say, I'm hopeless.)

I was sucked into The Maze Runner and was anxiously waiting for The Scorch Trials to come out, but after reading it, I dare say I'm as sucked into this series as I was The Hunger Games. In fact, if the third book isn't some EPIC disappointment, then I'll probably like the Maze Runner series better than the Hunger Games series. (Anyone who's read The Hunger Games knows that's saying something...)

The wait for the third book (which according to Goodreads will be called The Death Cure and is set to release in 2011) is going to kill me. Really. (So if I die this year, it's James Dashner's fault. Or Cynthia Hand's because I also have to wait for the sequel to Unearthly. Grrr....)

The best thing about these books is that they are completely and totally unpredictable. You can never truly guess where Dashner is going to take the story, and it's a situation that is like none I've ever read before. So original! So creative! So visual! So creepy! So worth reading!

I'd say  that if you like things like the tv show LOST you'd like these books. Not that the stories are the same, but the tones are similar in that you never know what's going on and when one question is answered it raise ten more.  I vote they make these books into movies!


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