Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Dystopian Reading Challenge is hosted by Bart's Bookshelf
October 1, 2010 through December 19th 2010.

This is book 5/5 in the reading Dystopian challenge:
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

Summary from Goodreads:
The Maze was only the beginning...

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, much of 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 done 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?

I loved The Maze Runner so I was surprised to find I like this one more.

The Scorch Trials starts where The Maze Runner ended and just when Thomas and the Gladers start to think they are safe, more creepy things start happening in a fast-paced and thrilling way.

The new setting brings it own challenges/variables and new characters are introduced that pushed the story further and faster instead of dragging it along.

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