Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.

                                                               Phase Two.
                                                              The Scorch Trials.
                                                              There are no rules.
                                                              There are no guidelines.
                                                              Make it or die.

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?

No, I am still not, nor will I ever be over the feels of this book.
What even was that?
I can't quite tell whether that ending was pure genious or pure torture.
So, as you will know from my previous review of The Maze Runner, the first book in this series (you can check that out here if you're interested:  ) this series was off to a great start. Botth baffled and amazed by the first books pure genious I thought that it couldn't get any better - boy was I proven wrong.
This book was both fast paced and kept me hooked from page one. The whole way through it I always found myself admiring it's cleverness and the outstandingly creative way that everything fits together like a puzzle.
I thought that it couldnt get any worse for the gladers - that at least things would make a little bit more sense, but instead they were thrown into even more chaos and confusion than The Maze! Not to mention that this book left even ME more confused than the last.
Strangely, that feel of unknowing makes me love the book even more, makes my brain attempt to grasp at loose straws to try and figure it all out.
I just can't name one fault in this book; beautifully written with a killer of a story.
5 stars all the way.


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