Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?


The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Maze Runner’ series.
Tom, Teresa and the other boys have been rescued, but the strange happenings don’t stop for long, when they wake up the next morning to find ‘Clanks’ howling outside their windows, and Teresa missing.
Eventually it is explained to them that they are about to enter the second part of the trials – The Scorch Trials.
How many will survive? What has happened to Teresa? And will Tom really be killed?

I thought the first book in this series was weird, and I have to say that this one continued the weirdness!

We had some of the same characters in this book, although we didn’t see much of Teresa for a good chunk of the book. Tom was very similar to how he was in the first book, and I could understand why he was getting sick of constantly being treated like a lab rat. Some of the new characters were difficult to trust though, and it was really hard to know who was on which side at times.

We were once again thrown in at the deep end, and there were just loads of weird things going on, and strange situations. The first book reminded me of the film ‘The Cube’, and I have to say that this one did too. Especially with the rooms that one minute opened onto one place, and the next opened onto another.

I actually quite liked the first half of this book, it was confusing but interesting, and I liked the pace and the action, but from the half-way mark things became a lot more confusing than interesting, and I began to feel bored. The things we were getting told were bizarre and unexplained, and we kept getting more and more clues, but not many answers.
The ending was once again a bit odd, and we were once again left with an epilogue that hinted at things, but didn’t actually give us any solid information.
Overall; a second very strange book.
6.5 out of 10.

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