The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. I always recommend starting at the beginning of a series, and this one is no different, but to be honest, I had a hard time following this one even having read the first.
escaping the maze, Thomas and Co. only think they are somewhere safe
when all of a sudden, they find themselves in the middle of another
test. This time they're turned loose in the Scorch, a hot dry area with
sickened "zombies" roaming about. They all have the sickness too, and
are told that in order to get the cure, they must reach a place one
hundred miles away in just a few short weeks. From there it's fighting
death and facing betrayal and Thomas has to make several decisions that
aren't easy. But the need to survive is strong in him.
isn't that great of a character. I don't connect with him at all and it
seems like things happen a little too easy and coincidental for him.
With everything being a test it's hard to say that that isn't on
purpose, but without revealing enough of those tests, as a reader I
simply don't care. Some of the characters I did really like, like
Minho, take a back seat in this book too and it's always about Thomas,
which gets a little wearisome since I don't care for him. Teresa too
doesn't improve with this book and in an odd sense, she and Thomas
really are perfect for each other, because I rate them at the same level
of interesting. The new girl, Brenda, at least has some fire and real
human emotion in her.
The plot moves along very quickly but even
so it was filled with violence and different descriptions that would
make your eyes bug out. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it just
seemed like filler to me. Yes this is a middle book, but it can have a
decent plot of its own without merely being words to connect two other
books. I also wonder at how some of the things in this book are
written, we have description but it isn't really complete. I can't
picture the places they are talking about very well or even the people.
Thomas himself is supposed to be sixteen, but I always get the
impression that he's younger than that based on his description. It
just is hard to form an idea in your head on what the world is like with
the little information given.
This is just average reading for a
dystopian novel. It has an interesting idea but there's so many loose
ends and the fact that this book was filler does it no favors. I want
to know what happens so of course I'll read the last book, but I can
only hope it improves on the flaws of the first two.
The Scorch Trials