The Scorch Trials Review

Title: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Sci-fi
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Blurb: (from goodreads) Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

Me: I just finally read the sequel, and after hearing a lot of good and bad stuff about it, here's what I have to say. 

The Ups: I loved the setting, and the descriptions of the world that the Gladers had to transition into. James Dashner is really good at depicting a place that readers haven't seen in real life, and making it come to life and making sure that we can really picture it in our minds. I thought I could see the Scorch perfectly. I could see the Flat Trans, see the buildings. I was almost building a mini set in my head.
During the entirety of the book, it felt like I was seeing a movie. I saw the characters as the actors who were in The Maze Runner, and the action was very visual and well-described. Sometimes in other books, the place itself and the action just seems chaotic and a jumble of words. But The Scorch Trials made it very easy for me to just read a certain description and see it right away.

The Downs: However, I feel like James Dashner's characters lost their power in this book. In the Maze Runner, I really felt connected to the characters, and I talked about that in my review. In this one however, I felt like they were completely different people, and some of them just tired me out as a reader.

Thomas, for starters, was acting like a lovesick puppy. The fact that there is a love triangle in the story angers me so much. Unnecessary plot much? Every stinking second Thomas was groaning and moaning about Theresa, and then Brenda.
I really didn't like Theresa in this story. I won't spoil anything, but she was all over the place. Her actions and her constant two-faced weirdness confused me, and after a while I was just sick of her. I didn't understand what was going on with her and Wicked, and I still can't figure out if she is good or bad. I feel like Theresa, of all characters, should have a sturdy skeleton of a character but I couldn't see that at all. 

Overall: Worse than The Maze Runner, and really messed-up characters.

Rating: 2 kisses!

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