The scorch trials by James Dashner book review

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Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escaping meant he would get his life back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to…

Burned and baked, the earth is a wasteland, its people driven mad by an infection known as the Flare.

Instead of freedom, Thomas must face another trial. He must cross the Scorch to once again save himself and his friends…

After reading The maze runner, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book. The decision to finish the rest of the book series was hinged all on this book.

Like in my review of the first book, there are still moments when Dashner tells us Thomas’ emotions too much, but it’s only occasionally and it’s bearable. His writing is good enough that these ‘crutches’ aren’t needed.

This book is so much better than the first one.( I’m still disappointed that the maze in the previous book wasn’t explored more.) The writing is a lot smoother, the action moves quicker. At times, I found it difficult to put down, unlike the first where I found it difficult to pick up!

Dashner excels at plot driven writing and when there is clear action. I also think he’d make an amazing horror writer. Some of the chapters are not to read alone in the dark. Learn from my mistakes! He’s much better at plot than character.

The book is full of mysteries and like the characters; you only get a trickle of information, leaving you with more questions than answers.

The book makes you as paranoid as Thomas. There are so many twists and turns in this book. Some of the cliff-hangers were fantastic, but I felt on occasion, the follow up failed. All the tension was raised only for it to be resolved too quickly, leaving me disappointed.

The ending leaves you wanting more as it leaves you with one final bang and yet more questions are raised for you.

If this is the kind of improvement from book to book, I’m actually excited to read the next book!

To sum up, still a bit too much telling and metaphors, great mystery and tense moments, anti climatic on occasion.

Is it worth the read? Yes, unfortunately you need to read the first one…first, but it is worth it.

Would I re-read it? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes, for the most part I love his writing style and he’s obviously excels in delivering unique plots.

Stars: 4/6

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