|The Scorch Trials|
by James Dashner
Released: October 12, 2010
Summary: The Gladers solved the maze and they expected to be done with WICKED's games. Now however they are forced to face the outside world and it's a harsh reality. The sun is blaring hot and the planet is a complete wasteland. Cranks now roam the streets and are going crazy from the Flare, a disease that slowly drives them insane. Thomas and the Gladers are forced into another trial and they must survive the Scorch in order to gain their freedom. Will the Gladers survive their next trial?
My Thoughts: I am so confused right now! The ending made me so ... confused/frustrated and every other mix of emotions.
What I Liked: The Gladers are faced with another trial and we get to see them work together in order to survive. Alliances begin to form and we aren't sure who to trust any more. The new characters that were introduced are a great addition to the group and I felt bad for these kids--I was rooting for them to get outta there. Dashner still keeps the same humor in the book and my favorite character was the hilarious Minho who could poke fun at any situation. The pacing is great and the action does not disappoint.
What I disliked: What the heck? I thought this book was going to answer more questions... but it left me even more confused than The Maze Runner. There is so much that goes on in this book (plus a lot of sleeping) and I thought all the memories that Thomas had was foreshadowing. Except it wasn't, the flashbacks made me even more confused and did not help me understand what's going on and what this book is leading up to. Dashner was teasing us the whole time.
Conclusion: I am so lost right now and not really sure what I think of this book. I really hope The Death Cure gives me the answers I've been asking throughout this series because this book didn't.