The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner
Tags: Science fiction, mystery
This is a mind bending story of a boy and his friends trying to escape a government testing their wits, courage and will power to advance through deadly and dreadful tests; but that's not all the world is being mercilessly slaughtered by its own sun. The Scorch Trials, sequel to The Maze Runner, describes the adventures of a boy named Tom and a girl named Teresa whom are pressured into saving the world over their close friends and possibly each others lives. Their new test involves them being infected with a deadly virus that slowly eats away your insanity while traveling across sand dunes full of crazed and violent virus infected civilians, to then arrive at a safe house with an antidote for the virus called the scorch. They only have a sack of water each, and a hand full of food to last the 100 mile journey. Thomas has this growing fear through out the book that he might be slowly losing his humanity and is becoming more animalistic. This shows the main theme of the book, being how people can completely lose their sanity when drastic measures take place.
I would say this book would not make any sense to the reader if they had not read the first one in the series. This book also had a few dull parts but eventually would be patched up by action or another form of excitement. As I read both The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials I really start to like the character Minho because of his joking yet “don’t mess with me” personality. I also think the setting is extremely significant to the story because it explains the technology and the reasons for the situation we find the characters in. The whole mood of this story is definitely survival and anger. Because Thomas always feels surges of rage for W.I.C.K.E.D. when ever something goes wrong, feeling it was all their fault. The book also gives off this survival of the fittest feel which I also think majorly foreshadows W.I.C.K.E.D.’s plans. One thing to note if you are thinking of purchasing this book it contains a lot of questions with not enough answers. I would recommend this to a friend who likes to read a sci-fi/action that doesn’t mind not knowing a lot of pieces to the puzzle.
Reviewed by: Mitchell