Book 2 (Book 1: The Maze Runner)
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 knows what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety… untill 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 done 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 have the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind?
Right from the beginning this book is intense. The book keeps you on the edge and it is a non stop read. The Gladers have escaped the Maze only to be thrown into yet another trial by the group known as WICKED. WICKED throws countless obstacles in the Gladers way.Throughout the book Thomas has flashbacks of his previous involvement with the group and he struggles to piece together this new information. As a former member of WICKED (having helped design the Maze) he begin to question whether WICKED really is good. It’s hard to believe that a group who puts children through so much could be good but is this group simply thinking that the ends justify the means. For they insist that the Gladers will benefit mankind. We won’t know until all is finally revealed in future books. I spent the whole time trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle the author has weaved. Thomas really grows up in this book. He begins to question what is right, he grows into the role of a leader, and he is a wonderful character to follow. Several others make a return such as Minho, Newt, and Teresa. Several new characters are introduced. These new characters are an interesting addition. They don’t get much attention which is sad but their future involvement is promising. The new characters are mysterious adding to the story. The dangers in the book particularly the Cranks is quite frightening. They are essentially zombies and it actually made me nervous for the characters. I would definitely recommend this book.
The next book is called The Death Cure and comes out October 2011