Review: The Scorch Trials

7631105Title: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)

Author: James Dashner

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: About a year ago I read The Maze Runner and I really enjoyed it! There were so many aspects of the book that gave me some Lord of the Flies flashbacks as a group of boys find themselves in a new environment and must create a system with rules and punishments. The action was fast-paced and placed me amongst Thomas and the Gladers. I went into this book with expectations to learn more about WICKED and what the Gladers would be put through next. Unfortunately, I never expected that I would receive such a mess in return.

My number one pet peeve is that The Scorch Trials introduced a love triangle. Suddenly, Thomas is in the presence of a new girl named Brenda who likes to snuggle up to him and who makes him feel guilty as soon as he thinks of Teresa. Even worse, however, is that Thomas’ emotions during these scenes — and, in fact, all of his scenes in which he experiences strong emotions — was so flat. He says what he feels but there is no emotion or expansion behind it so the audience might feel and believe it as well. I don’t remember if it was like this in the first book, but I have come to realize that Thomas is written with very few dimensions. He disappointed me, and so did what happened to his relationship with Teresa and the very convoluted plotline of lies and betrayal that was placed forth by WICKED.

The adventure in this story was not that great either. While I always felt as if I were with the characters in the Maze, I felt very removed from them as they traveled across the desert and amongst those losing their minds from a disease known as the Flare. At this point I am not very interested in these characters or what remains of their journey. I will finish this series so I can see what the return of Thomas’ memory will answer in terms of all of the questions he has and all of the memory-dreams he has experienced. To know the truth keeps me slightly interested…not the characters, and that is a shame.

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Scorch Trials

  1. Totally agree with you. This book was a big let down. I had no emotional feelings towards any character in this book and the plot was so bland. I never thought of Maze Runner as a Lord of the Flies kinda book but now that I think about it, it kinda is. Great point!

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