Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: January 1st, 2010
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
The Maze Runner-Series
0. The Kill Order
2. The Scorch Trials
3. The Death Cure
I'm not going to lie, I was really excited about starting this! Coming late to a series is quite nice sometimes because you get to read the books back to back. Which is, obviously, what I've been doing with the Maze Runner series, except that I will read The Kill Order last (since I prefer to read books in the order that they were published).
The Scorch Trials picks of exactly where the Maze Runner left us, with the Gladers in a state of utter confusion and panic, even. At this point already I suspected that WICKED was messing with their memories again, but well... if you've read this book you know that you'll be suspecting lots and lots of things while reading it, most of which won't be true in any way at all. That is what I really enjoy about this series, really. There are a lot of things in this book as well that aren't particularly my cup of tea, but somehow it just works. The pacing is very good, I have a connection to many of the characters and I can't wait to start The Death Cure!
And I'm so confused after reading it! And I like it! You'd think that after book two, you'd have at least a few answers. Well, you do. But you also got a lot more questions that seem too complex to be answered any time soon (although, of course, I really hope they will be answered satisfyingly). I love most of the characters, but I'm wary of Brenda and Teresa. Why Teresa? Obvious if the you read the book. Brenda? Well... I don't really know. Something is just... off. But she's still much more likeable than Teresa, especially with what happened in this book.
I did not enjoy The Scorch Trials as much as The Maze Runner, and I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. It took me a little longer to move past the first hundred pages this time and I only did it as fast as I did because I had to wait on a train for an hour. It's still a very good book, I just think The Maze Runner is better.