Putting together the 15 Anticipated Movies for 2015 was great because I got a good general idea of what to look out for. I never looked up whether the sequel of Maze Runner had gotten the green light to move ahead. Although, judging from the general reviews from the blogosphere, it was generally well received, right? Anyways, I loved it
When I realized that it would be released in September, I pulled up the sequel from my stack of books to read. Its one of the newer purchases but who cares? I just had to check it out 🙂
THE SCORCH TRIALS (Maze Runner #2)
by James Dashner
The Gladers arrived into safe haven. They found a way to escape and they were safely rescued to a place where they could freshen up, eat and rest. Except the next morning, Thomas wakes up to raging noise around them. Some crazies are screaming through the windows. When they escape the room, he realizes that he can’t connect with Teresa and she’s taken away. The only message they get is a strange man telling them that they have a virus in their system and they need to get to a safe point in 2 weeks to get the cure. They have embarked in what the man called the Scorch Trials. What dangers and challenges lie ahead of them? What is the point of all these trials? Will they make it out alive?
Sequels usually don’t have quite the hype of the first one. Scorch Trials starts off pretty good, setting off a new scenario, danger and its own set of problems. Questions and mysteries start to spiral in the reader’s minds almost immediately as one thing leads to another and they start seeing and learning about their new quest. They still wonder what this virus is and why they are doing these trials and what this all means.
The Scorch Trials leads up to learning what this virus is. Plus, Teresa plays a heavier behind the scenes role. The virus is a scary one that turns people in the most extreme forms to crazies. Hints of zombie apocalypse anyone? These crazies are completely out there: no reason, no care and completely out of control and extremely deadly. Everything in the Scorch Trials is just like what it sounds like. Unlike the Maze, where all the factors were controlled and was pretty artificial, the Scorch Trials is more realistic (because they are supposedly in the hottest desert area on the face of the earth). They experience extreme heat and destroyed buildings and bigger environment. That should make this a little more interesting. Its a lot of walking and encountering unexpected situations and threats that come up. The Scorch Trials does have one little thing that doesn’t quite live up to the Maze. Maybe its the pacing of the middle part, because once they hit the final third of the novel, the intense pace of the first comes back into play.
Although Scorch Trials fell a little short in the middle section, its not completely that which bothered me. I had to take off a few points for Thomas. That’s right, you read right. Our main protagonist turned from a fearless and relatively smart guy in the Maze to this slightly whiny and a little wishy-washy boy. It was a little frustrating to read at times, but he sometimes makes these bad decisions and his characters turns really inconsistent. Plus, Thomas was always drifting off into sleep or getting beat up. What happened to Thomas? I just didn’t quite understand why they turned him into this weak.
Overall, it was still a good read. The middle section is a little less action-packed than the entire pacing of the first novel. The Maze seems to be a lot more intense than the Scorch Trials but the whole deal of why I didn’t like it was how they changed the nature of Thomas. The idea of revealing hints of what the virus was and the effects it had on humans and how it affected the real world as they went through the Scorch was a good one. The pacing could have been better. Still, the ending makes me wonder about the third book. I’m hoping that its going to notch up the intensity more than this one to have a more engaging reading experience.
Have you read The Scorch Trials yet? What did you think? Was it better or worse than the first book?