Before I start reviewing these 2 books by James Dashner, please beware that if you finish reading my review about The Maze Runner, and continue on to The Scorch Trials, you might see some spoilers lurking around. I’ll try to avoid them, but it’s probably not possible….SO BEWARE!
Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You’re in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids — the Runners — venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.
Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he’s unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out? (source: Goodreads.com)
Yep, it was time for another dystopian novel. For the record, I LOVE dystopian novels…(like you didn’t know that yet lol). This is the second book I bought and read on my Kindle. What an amazing experience! I love using the Kindle, because I can take it with me easily and it’s a GREAT way of being able to read in bed without going through the difficulties of figuring out how to hold the book, find a comfortable position and not get cold in the process. Did I mention yet that I LOVE my Kindle? 😉
On to the book…the suspence was killing me, including the sense of mystery that is all around and the lack of information that keeps you wondering what the heck is going on. You get thrown into this world and only see it through Thomas’ eyes, which means you do not know anything when you start out and the amnesia thing was killing me. Also, the weird things that keep happening are adding to a high stress level and anxiety -to read on and on and on until your eyes just can’t take it anymore- kind of trance. Yep, I was sucked into this story immediatly. The ending, wow…when you think you’re safe, THINK AGAIN! That’s all I’m gonna say about it…Obviously the big cliffhanger was needed to spark an interest in the next book…and it worked, because within 2 seconds after finishing The Maze Runner, I already downloaded The Scorch Trials on my Kindle…lol
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? (source: Goodreads.com
So, things are picked up right where they left off in The Maze Runner. All hell is breaking loose and the writer makes sure you get that in the first few pages/chapters of the book. Shock after shock is coming right at ya my dear readers! And yeah, things do get a little bloody…The plot twists do not get boring though…and I think the whole ‘can I trust you or can I not trust you’ issue with Teresa and Brenda is very well done. I also liked the way Thomas’ feelings and emotions are going all over the place because things keep getting weirder by the minute. It must be so hard to live in a constant fear of being attacked, knowing you have a mission, but not having the slightest idea how to accomplish it without dying in the process. And yet again, a cliffhanger…but this time, it made me go crazy! Because the third book will not be released until October…WHAT ON EARTH should I do now??? It’s like The Hunger Games all over again…I HATED the long wait for Mockingjay….By the way, if you liked The Hunger Games, I’m about 99% sure you’ll like these books as well!