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
Oqaluttua assut aliikkutaavoq tiguartinnaqalunilu. Oqaluttuassartaa sukkut tamaana pisariaqanngippasittunik sivitsorserpasittutut ikkaluartoq naanerata annappaa. Naanera pissanganariarluni eqqissiallannartoq oqaatigisinnaavara. Tullia qilanaarnarpoq! Sukkut tamaana aamma amiilaarnarsisarnera nuannequtaaqaaq!
The story dragged on after what started out being an interesting escape from the maze and subsequent journey into a city infested with cranks. After awhile it just got more and more nonsensical, with chapter after chapter ending with some nauseatingly detailed fight scene or cliffhanger that literal put me to sleep. I wanted to enjoy this book but instead found myself feeling disappointed by the lack of explanation of events, history, ANYTHING and a plot that served to suck me in and then not deliver.
In which the strong, smart, and initiative main protagonist we enjoyed in the first book reverts into a moody hormonal preteen.
Seemingly refusing to use his cream-of-the-crop brain for anything other than being abysmally confused, making unbearably tactless social decisions, and falling unconscious CONSTANTLY.
The action was good when there was action, but most of it happening at or near Thomas while he has some sort of emotional breakdown rather than taking any affirmative action.
I'll leave it at that and just say I had a lot of problems with this sequel. It will be a while before I read the finale after reading ahead on its own reviews.
The narration was absolutely fantastic, great consistency with believable voices.
Just above the middle.
The twists the story took even though you (and the characters) already know about them being "trials".
The twists between Theresa and Thomas in the end
There is the possibility that the final book in this serious will bring some greater appreciation for this book, but the story aside, the style is a bit underdeveloped. Dashner can certainly create riveting stories but the execution needs some work.
I would like to have seen a bit more character development as well. By this book, a reader/listener should be able to describe the characters with great detail (e.g. Personality, background, preferences, profiles, etc.). However, Dashner, who might be trying to create mystery and suspense with cloaked characters, has given very little for readers to latch onto as far as the nuances of each character go.
Apart from that, the book is paced well with the occasional respite for the characters and readers. The fantastical technology however that often functions as deus ex machina leaves much to be desired.
I have just finished book 2 minutes ago. I have book three ready to go and will begin it right after I make this review.
First of all, I hope you read book one and didn't rely on just the movie… For those of you who did read The Maze Runner, there are some differences and much more detail. As with all stories, I find that reading the book is so much more gratifying.
As I indicated earlier, this book was a wonderful sequel. I enjoyed reading about the the "Friends" I made in the first one and continue seeing them hold together, through it all, and survive this second book. Only through there comradely as a team and as friends could they survive... The Scorch Trials.
If you listened to this story on Amazon's audible book, The narration from the reader was one of the better performances I have listened to. The reader read each role appropriate for each character in the book, giving this story another level of realism to this audible book.
i'm very pleased with this series of books.
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