Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
By James Dashner
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:October 12th 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 360
ISBN: 0385738757

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? (Goodreads)
If I could take the first 10 chapters, amalgamate them with the last ten or so, I would absolutely adore this book. The first of the book and the end of the book were very Dashner-esque. Consistent cliff hangers that did not allow me to put the book down. The problem here? The middle 2000 chapters. I tried....I tried to get in to it but the story just all of a sudden hit a wall. A wall that continued on and on. Seriously I don't understand what happened, it is like Dashner was just all of a sudden like "hey, how can I make this awesome action packed series into a monotonous slug of a book? Yeah let's just draw this story out some...let's take out all the key elements I use, throw them into the trash pile for a bit then come back to them later." Seriously I am confused. The middle part of this book was atrocious, to the point where I was unsure if I was going to finish it. Then all of a sudden BAM! Dashner starts writing like Dashner can and I am engulfed again. Two different novels in one. I am a huge fan of this series, and only piece of advice for anyone reading it is get through the middle, the ending is worth every drawn out second. I give the first and end of the book the highest of ratings, as for the middle, I put it into the same bulk of literature as I would put "The Road" into. And I hate The Road. A Lot.

4/5 Carls

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