Book Review: The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner

Book: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Young Adult/dystopia
Publishing details:
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Summary:

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?

Why I read this Book:
This is the second book in the maze runner series. Hence the reading of the book.

Reaction/Review:

Ok. So if we thought that they were withholding information before, welcome to the future of confusion. No seriously, we are not any closer to knowing the truth and the bit of information we are given only serves to further confuse the crap out of us. And by us and we I mean me.

I have to say that a few of the plot twists I totally saw coming right from the beginning, especially when they tagged them all with tattoos.  Once again am pissed off that the hole character sacrifices were more or less nameless faces that we had formed absolutely no connection to.  This seams like an easy out on the author not to kill their darlings.  If your going to have people killed, make it emotional on the reader.  PLEASE!!

What’s more is that I think this book/series would be better presented in first person narrative rather than third person narrative.  Third works well if you have more than one view point, but we never stray from Thomas.  Therefore first would be better to get a more intimate look into what is happening directly from his perspective.  I want more of his emotional reaction to what is happening around him.  I feel too distant as a reader from the book in third.

Final Thoughts:

I’m going to be finishing this series of course, but unless things are figured out in a satisfactory manner in the final installment I can’t quite say that I would recommend this book or series.  It’s like a pale comparison to the Hunger Games where I find what we are really missing is that emotional connectivity with the characters.

Rating: 6/10

 

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