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?
©2010 James Dashner (P)2010 Listening Library
"The Gladers meet new friends and enemies on their quest, and Deakins shows his skill by providing each of the speakers with a distinctive accent. Listeners will be eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy." (AudioFile)
O.K. So, the beginning of the book had me worried. It felt like Dashner was trying way too hard to make it action packed and mysterious. It was just too much too fast, but once the story slowed down a bit, everything that made "The Maze Runner" great reappeared. It's not quite as good as the first book, but still a quality story full of questions. I can only hope that after all this build up the third book is a satisfying ending that supplies some answers.
The action in the Scorch Trials kept me on the edge of my seat. I did enjoy listening. But this book was more of a taunt and tease than a sequel. I felt a little strung along only to get no answers in the end. In the Maze Runner and the Scorch Trials, Thomas and Theresa kept saying they were responsible for everything. In both books, people forgot things and saw things. There were a lot of impossibilities thrown at us that were never really explained. The kids were constantly running for their lives and the whole time met betrayal after betrayal. I know they were being tested for something. And obviously there will be a book three. But I kind of wish they would have thrown us a bone in book 2. At the end of this one, I found myself thinking, "Oh not again!" Also, I thought the two girls (Theresa and Brenda) were pretty creepy. I don't know if it was the story or the narrator (he was great, but did a creepy girl's voice), but I didn't like or trust either of them. If that was the way I was supposed to react, then kudos to Dashner.
Overall, it WAS a good book and I look forward to book 3. I would have given it 5 stars if there had been more closure.
An overall good read and unique story. Recommend for young adult, but great for all readers. Nice action. The Maze Runner movie sparked my interest. Now my nieces are into it as well. Will read the 3rd novel. Worth the read.
This book just seemed to keep the same pattern going, no real new scenarios or twists and turns to the plot. It just kept droning on in my opinion.
I read teen novels every now and then. I liked the Maze Runner movie, so I decided to read this book before checking out the movie of it. Man, I don't know how to get you all to understand how completely boring this book is... seriously. Nothing happens. Over 10 hours to go from point A to point B in another trial. And the worst part is, nothing new happens. Nothing to the central characters, to the world, to WYKD. The author flirts with new ideas, but nothing significant takes place. Nobody important dies or ends up hurt. How I wish there were easter eggs placed along the journey to keep me wondering what was happening, but the info we get along the way leads our thoughts nowhere. Very boring. The epilogue was the best part! I hope the liberty of the movie creators improve this. I listened at 1.5X speed and the narrator did a good job for what he had to work with. Skip this and watch the movie. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below.
Gripping sequel and another amazing narration by Mark Deakins!!! Going to start the third book right away can't wait one minute.
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