Will the scorch overcome all? 4 Rabbles for an exciting and thrilling sequel.
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.
This second installment of the "Maze Runner" series by James Dashner is as thrilling as the first one. The teen Gladers are again up against the machinations of the shadow entity WICKED and their backers. This second book took up exactly where the first one left off. Even though it had been a couple of weeks since I had read the first installment, it felt like I had never left. Like Book I: "The Maze Runner", I could not put it down. I was constantly turning those pages in the hopes that I would get some satisfaction. In this, James Dashner is a complete master - I never felt good about 'stopping for the night'. I just knew that if I didn't sleep, I would be a complete bear the next day at work. All the while biting my nails to get back to the story. So, I didn't want to put it down and go to sleep!
In "The Scorch Trials" we again find Thomas and his friends, a group of teen boys called the "Gladers", up against the mysterious entity WICKED. They've escaped the huge maze they were inexplicably dropped into only to step into an even worse world of confusion and danger.
At least in this book we are given a little more information as to what is happening to these kids. The why will have to wait for the next one in the series, I guess, as there is still very little explanation of the big picture - but there's comfort knowing that the characters are in the dark as much as the rest of us! Here we find Thomas, Minho, and the rest of the Gladers in for another challenge. They have to cross an absolutely devastated stretch of land in a specific time period. We are never given the reasons for this, and this is part of the thrill. I Just Don't Know Why?!?! Darn it, Dashner, You've got me hooked!!
Given the mystery that these boys find themselves in, I suppose it's understandable why there seems to be a lot of whining in the dialog. Of course, its easy for me to say that as I am not being fried by excruciating temperatures, lack of water, and deadly lightning storms. In "The Scorch Trials" we get hints of another group of Gladers that were also in a maze - a mirror group consisting of girls instead of boys. These Gladers are in competition with our beloved boys, entering the story late in the book and with extraordinary results.
Having not only to face a devastating landscape, but a nightmare city full of crazed people, it feels impossible that our heroes will make it to their goal. But given that this is only the second book of the series, it seems inevitable that Thomas and the others will get there eventually. This may be a weak point in the story. When you are dealing with a series, you have to know that the main characters will be triumphant. Yet ... that may be a strength, because even though some suspense may be taken out of the equation, the compelling mystery never is. And that is why this story is so good. Dashner never leaves out the mystery. I believe these teens will overcome any obstacle. I believe in their determination to finish this mystery no matter what the cost.
The ending to this great sequel to the first "Maze Runner" is not a complete disappointment. With most sequels, the author tends to leave out the 'hook' that is so essential to finishing the story. In this one I believe that Dashner continues to 'hook' the reader so that they are not left with unbelievable or weak characters. But at the end of "The Scorch Trails" we share Thomas's will to finish this mystery no matter what. When the characters all combine at the end to escape what may be death for all, you are left with a sense of wonder at their drive and determination to finish their journey in the face of terror and uncertainty!
Once again, Dashner has left me with no choice but to finish out the series with his next book "The Death Cure: The Maze Runner, Book III". One can only hope that all of the mystery is solved with the next installment. I had hoped that more of the mystery could have been revealed in this one but that was not to be. Oh Well, on to the next one...!!!
I'm giving "The Scorch Trials, Maze Runner Book II" 4 Rabbles with an R for the reluctant reader. This exciting sequel is every bit as thrilling as the first book, plus the reading is easy and compelling even for that reluctant reader. This series could make a real reader out of practically anyone. The mystery and suspense has kept me hooked and it should do the same for all, including reluctant ones!