The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press (2010)
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia
WARNING: as this is part two of a series, the review might contain some spoilers about the first book!
I couldn’t stop myself! After reading the Maze Runner, I immediately continued with the Scorch Trials. I wanted to figure out what happened to Thomas and the others. And mostly, I wanted to find answers to the questions that lingered after the end of the first book. The second book in a trilogy tends to be the trickiest for authors to make attractive. They have to continue the story of the first book, yet make way for the grand finale in the third. This sometimes makes the middle book slightly boring, or weird, as the story has to be bend in place before the end. Unfortunately The Scorch Trials does not seem to be an exception.
Short recap, in the Maze Runner, a number of guys were stuck in a maze.Day in, day out they tried to escape. The arrival of Thomas and Teresa triggered a series of events, which eventually helped them escape to safety. Or that’s what they think. The Scorch Trials continues the story of the Gladers. A story in which WICKED apparently isn’t done with them yet. Phase Two has only just begun. Objective: get through the Scorch, the most burned-out and dangerous section of the world. And they only have two weeks or they’ll be left to die.
Again, a nice easy read. I couldn’t put it away and finished the book in two days. The Maze Runner was a bit better in my opinion, though I see where the story goes and how that is interesting for the sequel. Which should better be good then! But really, sometimes the story felt a bit so-so, it never got the uniqueness or excitement of the prequel. I did really enjoy the fact that the protagonist (Thomas) isn’t always your typical hero, but sometimes just out and leaves everyone else to fix whatever is going on at the moment. This also gives the other character the opportunity to develop. Minho and Newt are playing big roles again, I really ♥ Minho and Newt!
I would’ve loved a little more conclusion about what exactly is going on. Dashner is dragging us along for two books now, give us some answers! And please break the pattern of the Gladers thinking they’re safe… and then they’re not! In the end, James Dashner kept me motivated to read the third Maze Runner book after a mediocre second one. I guess that’s something not all authors can say.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆