Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[Review] The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Title : The Scorch Trials
Author : James Dashner
Series : The Maze Runner #02
Publisher : Delacorte Press
Published : October 12th, 2010
ISBN : 9780385738750
Pages : 360

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross throug the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variablhes and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.


After the Gladers freed from the terror of the Maze, they were saved by a group who claimed that they against WICKED and what the wicked did to people. Save in the dorm, full with food, they began to think that it was all over. But things didn't turn out that well.

Men and women started to pound on the windows. Yelling that they are Crank. Screaming Kill Me all over and over. Looking like a Zombie. The Gladers freaked out, and tried to find a way out far from the crazy people out there. And that was when they found the people who saved them earlier, hanging on the ceiling, died. And top it off, Teressa was missing. And there was only one person in her room-or used to be hers-, his name is Aris.

Turned out their tests weren't over yet, they had to do other tests, trials, whatever. They had to go past the dumped city to the place called Safe Haven. Miles to north.
Fighting with the burning sun and past-gone Crank, the Gladers with two new additions completed the tasks in the Scorch city. But again, their trials were still going on. And surprise, surprise! The girls from the group B finally showed up. And Thomas had to face the most awful things he could never imagine, Teressa’s betrayal.

"Shut up!"
"What're you gonna do, kill me if I don't?"
If you have any question from the first book, that list is going to add up once you finish reading the second one. To tell you the obvious, I am confused. I mean, what were those for? What's with these things about variables and patterns? Or the most basic and unimportant question ever, when did this happen?
But what confused me most was the cure. Did they already find it? Or not?

The end of this monumental effort is coming, and I believe that the process will work. That we'll have our patterns. That we'll have our blueprint. That we'll have our cure.
I am so against violence and reading this book makes me cringe from the beginning till the end. And it's ironic how killing those kids had anything to do with humanity. But the weirdest scenes in this book were when some metals copping their heads and Teressa’s betrayal. I mean, what’s the point? It doesn't make sense.
Again, we were left to wonder all answers of our questions alone. But we'll figure it out on the last book, no?  Another patient won't hurt.

And I don't know if this is true, but some people actually count how many times Thomas passed out in this book and it’s 29. I don't want to check it, since I have to read it again, something I prefer not doing. But Thomas indeed passed out a lot. He seemed to soften a little after he came out from The Maze. And he thinks about Teressa and Brenda and his relationship with them a lot. As if he lives in the country that rainbow every day.

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