Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010
Genre: Fiction, YA, Dystopia
Where I Got It: Bought it for my Kindle
Why I Read It: I needed to know what happened next after reading the first book of this trilogy, The Maze Runner
My Rating: 3.5 stars
SPOILER ALERT: This review assumes that you have read the first book of this series, The Maze Runner. If you haven’t read that book yet, I recommend skipping this review.
Now that they’ve escaped the maze, Thomas and the other Gladers are plunged into the “real” world and another set of trials so that WICKED can gather more data to devise a cure for the Flare. This time, they are given the task of crossing the Scorch (the dried out desert-like hot wasteland of what probably used to be Mexico) within a specific timeframe in order to reach a safe haven. If they make it across the Scorch and survive the Flare-infected Cranks that live there, they are promised a cure and an end to the trials. However, things start off strange when each Glader wakes up with a tattoo on their neck that seems to define their place in the group. In addition, Teresa goes missing and another boy takes her place. As in the first book, all is not what it seems, and Thomas and his friends are thrown into adventure that will require them to stay alive long enough to reach the end.
Throughout this book, Dashner starts giving Thomas more of his memories back, and we begin to get a clearer picture of what happened to the world after the sun flares started. But, once again, the focus is squarely on the action, with Thomas, Newt, Minho and the other Gladers facing a new set of challenges, most often in the form of the Cranks, which are people who have been severely affected by the Flare and appear as crazy, sore-infested violent people.
The biggest mystery facing Thomas this time is how he is going to deal with the fate of Teresa and deciding whether WICKED is a force for good or bad. Dashner keeps you guessing who is “real” and who is “fake” as the book goes along, and I was never quite sure what would befall the Gladers next. The book was a decent follow-up to the first one and moves the action along to get ready for the final book, called The Death Cure.
My only quibble is that I’m starting to get as antsy for answers as Thomas and his friends. It felt like one obstacle after another, with Thomas always getting away by the skin of his teeth. This started to feel a little repetitive.
Tune in tomorrow when I write about the third book, The Death Cure, which left me feeling very very very annoyed.
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