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
Overall, I liked the book, but have major problems with it as well. First, it's annoying to have all these clues thrown around and no character piece together anything valuable from all the hints. Duh! Second, it seems Thomas is asleep or passed out for most of the book and these moments do little to add to the plot. Finally, the treatment of one character, no spoliers, was disappointing and without any sense.
The references to "clunk" and the lingo that was created in the first book destroyed my desire to continue. I got sick and tired of the childish, and simplistic approach. The book felt like it targeted 13 year olds.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first one! It keeps you guessing the whole time and never a dull moment. Mark Deakins is an amazing narrator. Recommend this book.
I think this second book was a little better than the first. Ive heard others tell me it wasnt as good as book one,but i disagree.
I can't believe I just sat for almost 11 hours listening to this book that didn't really go anywhere and had nothing really to add to the series. It was just one bumbled mishap after another with no clues to the real answer that was posed in the first book "The Maze Runner". I was VERY disappointed in this second book. I tried to compare it to other 2nd books in trilogies, but this one answers no questions and makes it necessary to buy the next one to see what the hell just happened in the last 11 hours!
I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks.
Only downside was the main character, Thomas who seemed to be only focused on his romances during disasters. That got a bit tiresome. The story otherwise was fascinating and I couldn't stop once I'd started listening. Not as exciting as the first in the series but still just as gripping though I found I liked the character, Newt which is why I won't read the third in the series. I love the visual pictures I got in this series. The monsters and the landscape descriptions were brilliant!
decent follow up
can't remember... if that tells you anything
Ending was a letdown... still a good read, though
Love is a strong word especially for "things". I enjoyed the whole book for the endless maze of puzzles.
Nothing stands above the other scenes.
Hope everything cleans up well in Book 3.
I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.
I would if they had read the first book "The Maze Runner". This book cannot hold up unless you know what happened in the previous story. If you have listened/read it then yes, I would recommend it. I fear the author would try to send them back to a make of a controlled environment. Not the case. If you read my review on "The Maze Runner" then this is a nice follow up if again you are looking for a book that won't force you to think too hard or focus too much.
There are 3 conclusions to this story. I didn't expect the first 2, but the last I fully expected.
Again, he was great. Gave every character a voice and even some personality. He is gifted.
Don't trust anybody. Including yourself.
A few grammatical errors, much better than the first.
lots of twist & turns
1st time I have read this type of book
Thomas, Nute & Minho
I can truly visualize the settings
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