My husband (Ryan) is a truck driver who has plenty of time to listen to audiobooks as he travels around the country. I’ve been recommending books to him, based on what I’ve seen around the blogosphere and hoping he enjoys them! I’ve asked him to do a few quick reviews for my blog from a male point of view!
Title: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Dystopian YA
Source: Personal Copy
Published: October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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?
The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner leaves off. Thomas is laying in bed, thinking about all that had happened in the first book as a quick review to bring you up to pace. The boys think the test of the Maze is over and the powers overhead have finished with them, there was a feeling of safety. They quickly learn that this isn’t the case.
The next morning, the action takes off at breakneck pace when they are told that they will die if they don’t complete the trials. They have been given a disease, and the cure is waiting at the end of the trial. So if they don’t complete the trials, and in within a time constraint they will die.
The second book contains more action than it’s predecessor, and it stays at a high intensity for the duration of the book. The writing and language is consistent with that of Maze Runner, and the banter between the Gladers stays realistic and easy to follow. Full of plot twists and the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger leaving you wanting the third installment. As a reader, you never really know what the intentions of the Creator is, which keeps you wondering and hooked to the book.
I would recommend this book to teenage boys who may not be into recreational reading, it’s got everything needed to keep their attention.