Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (4/5)

The back says: 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 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 hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

I say: I’m in love with this. The series, that is. And with Dashner’s mind,

whatever is going on in there.

Ok, so the plan is simple enough; the Gladers have escaped the maze, and now have to cross this vast wasteland to get to a safe haven on the other side of some mountains. But of course, there are a jillion obstacles in the way and none of them make any sense to the Gladers.

Or me, to be honest.

I thought The Maze Runner had nice twists, but I could still follow the logic behind them; what was presented was solved by the end of the book, more or less. In The Scorch Trials, not so much. Dashner throws so many curveballs it’s almost dizzying – in the best of ways, of course – and I love it. Obviously everything that the kids (and I) thought was real, isn’t, and it’s this confusion that I simply cannot get enough of. Every time I think I have a theory thought out, something happens that blows that right apart.

I’m now desperate for the third, and final, part.

What I didn’t like about this was something that happens at the end that just reeked of bad science fiction (if you read the book you’ll know right away what I’m talking about). I cannot for the life of me figure out why Dashner felt the need to add that seriously wtf inducing segment. Also, I think that he went a little too far with the whole mind reading thing at the end.

Or not.

I don’t know since I obviously have no idea what it means.

So, roll on October, and let’s go out with a bang. Please, with a bang, because if it turns out it was all just a dream I will hunt be very disappointed in Dashner.

Or love him to death for being so utterly cold.

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