Monday, December 22, 2014
Book Review: "The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner
Giddy up readers, this is going to be another wild ride where the stakes are high, survival is a must but not guaranteed, and the mind games from WICKED, the group running this whole show, will rock you.
Again, Dashner has created another intense survival/adventure story that will continue to appeal to teens, especially boys. However, this falls into the dread second-in-a-trilogy blah category. The thing is that the first book was intense and crazy and I loved it. So much happened, questions were raised and some answered and you really felt like something was accomplished in the book. Here, I feel like the same questions are still lingering and while many things did happen - and yes, it was exciting - it just didn't really mean anything. It was just more crazy stuff for the sake of being crazy and torturing these characters.... but we didn't learn anything from it. [Spoiler Alert] There was one major twist set up toward the end, and we are TOLD that it is a twist and a charade, but Thomas doesn't trust in this information and begins to doubt everything - which just makes me question his intelligence after all this time. I think I was meant to feel bad for Thomas, but I didn't.[End Spoiler]
I am going to have to read the last book in the series now, because I still want those questions answered. I don't think I'm alone in that.
The Scorch Trials
by James Dashner
Ember, 2011. First published 2010
Series: The Maze Runner #2