Publisher: Delacorte Books
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Summary (from Goodreads): 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, 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 finished with 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?
My Summary: Thomas thought everything was going to be okay after he and his friends escaped The Maze - they were rescued and taken to a dormitory and given food, clean clothes, and places to sleep. Everything seemed all right before Thomas fell asleep.
But then he's woken by the sound of Teresa's screaming inside his head, and when he tries to reach our and speak to her, she doesn't respond.
And then everything goes quiet.
Thomas and the other Gladers can feel that something is horribly wrong - the door to their room has been locked, and they're all trapped inside a room with barred windows. And as if that wasn't bad enough, suddenly there's a group of disfigured lunatics clawing at the bars, desperate to get into their room.
Eventually the Gladers manage to break the handle of the door and get out, but what they find waiting on the other side of the door convinces them of one thing: their hardships are nowhere near over.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed The Scorch Trials almost as much as The Maze Runner, but it's really hard to compare the two! Both books are so different from one another - in a good way, I swear! - that it's difficult to compare the two side-by-side.
First off, I gotta say, I love the way Mr. Dashner introduces new information into the story - the way he reveals things to both the characters and the reader is perfect and keeps you flipping pages. And the way that everything was connected to The Flare and the Gladers' hidden pasts made you desperate to find out what happened to bring the kids to Wicked in the first place.
I can't really say much without giving away a big part of the plot, but I gotta say, my heart ached for Thomas: the poor guy goes through so much, and by the end, he doesn't know who to trust or what his role is in Wicked's plans. I wanted to reach into the book and give him a big hug - especially when he started regaining his memories about his life before The Maze, and afterwards, with Teresa (I can't say more, though!). All I can say is: I sincerely hope Thomas gets a happy ending.
Final Thoughts: I really recommend picking up this sequel to The Maze Runner if you've already read the first book, and if you haven't, I definitely recommend you read both - especially if you're a fan of the dystopian genre.