Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
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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?
When I start reading a series that I can is going to be really, really good, I naturally get very excited. This was the case when I started reading The Maze Runner a couple of weeks ago. The series starts off with a bang, a gripping tale of excitement and mystery. And even though I had received a few negative reviews from friends, I was extremely eager to get my hands on The Scorch Trials.
The book starts directly where The Maze Runner left off. In the very first page, you are hooked on the suspense. It definitely picks up much more quickly than the first book, immediately making you wonder, once, again, what exactly is behind everything. Of course, if you've read the first book, you know that WICKED is behind everything, but you still have no idea about their motives or purpose. So, at the start of this book, your mind will be filled with more questions than answers. And therein lies the genius of these books; it is, in my opinion, the quest for answers that keeps you addicted to reading this book. I can count three times in which I took a break in reading this book. I was not disappointed in the slightest in how it turned out. This book is a constant ride that makes you mad at yourself for stopping, or mad at your mom for making you stop.
This is seriously a great series, and I can't wait to start the third book, The Death Cure. Seriously though, these are amazing books for everyone. My one complaint is something that I can't really say for fear of giving away spoilers, but it's something that a lot of people will probably disagree with. So go, read The Maze Runner series. You'll thank me later.