Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

After reading The Maze Runner, I had little doubt that The Scorch Trials would keep me on the edge of my seat once again, and I was not disappointed.

The setting and obstacles that the teens face in this book are totally different than The Maze Runner but the level of danger and the creativity required to succeed rang true in Scorch. OK, there's also a bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time, but these books definitely qualify as page turners.

The book begins where Maze left off. The Gladers are feeling safe, rested, and well-fed. That doesn't last very long. Soon, one of the main characters has disappeared without a trace, and the rest of the group have been given a new challenge by WICKED. Most of this one takes place in a desert wasteland, with the threat of zombie-like creatures (who have the Flare). The Gladers have two weeks to travel 100 miles to get to the safe haven. The Gladers also have the Flare, and have been told they will be cured when they get there.

Dashner introduces a couple new and of course interesting characters. The characters we've grown to love in Maze are all still consistent and distinct in Scorch. The plot moves rapidly, making this a quick read. It's just difficult to put down until all our beloved characters are "safe." But you know there's another story, The Death Cure, so I have a feeling this new-found safety is also short-lived.

I recommend this series widely to my teens. Both girls and boys love these books. Action seekers and reluctant readers clamor for these books. They really need very little talking on my part. They are always checked out. Great stuff. Can't wait to read the next one.

Published by Delacorte, 2010
Personal copy
360  pages (qualifies for my 350 Page Book Challenge!)

Rating: 5/5

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