Once again, my first description of this book is ‘Woah!’ How James Dashner was able to create a follow up that was as unique and as addictive as the first is beyond my thinking capabilities.
Unlike The Maze Runner, the landscapes in The Scorch Trails were different. The Characters weren’t confined to one area and had the freedom to roam within time constrictions and the trials. The hierarchy of the group remained with Minho, Newt and Thomas all dominating the group’s decision making. However the introduction of new characters posing new challenges made this plot more interesting.
The introduction of new characters posed issues of trust and betrayal throughout the plot which in turn made the relationships between the characters weaken and also left the reader intrigued to see who was friend or foe. Throughout the plot as the characters face even more horrific beings and creatures, they begin to grow in strength and courage. As individuals they become less fearful and more determined to reach the unforeseeable end.
Within the plot there is also a development on the creators part as the reader witnesses more scenes of who the creators are and their motivation for putting individuals through the trials. However I say this with anticipation because even at the end of the book I am still unclear as to why the glader’s are forced to do all this despite the extended knowledge.
James Dashner has a brilliant style of writing that is suspenseful, captivating and flowing. I particularly enjoyed the way chapters are formed in both The Scorch Trials and previously in The Maze Runner. They always ended on a cliff-hanger, a longing to know what will happen next and plenty of nights I found myself reading long past midnight just to find out what direction the plot would take. Dashner’s writing leaves the reader with a longing of anticipation, a hunger for the plot and a fear shared with the characters for what’s around the corner.
For The Scorch Trials I am giving a 5 out of 5 stars for sheer individuality and quality of writing. Also I enjoyed Dashner’s continuation of the first book, the characters and the differing settings. I genuinely enjoyed this book, and I am so excited about reading the next one! If you are interested in this series, I would recommend taking a step back and reading the first book, The Maze Runner. If you click on the link you can check out my review.