Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch– the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction– and they’re determined to survive. (Summary taken from Goodreads)
I actually finished this book a while ago and didn’t write up a review on it mostly because school and life in general got in the way. But I’ve got some time now and here’s what I think.
As far as sequels go this one is pretty weak. I’ve read a lot of things that talk about second books in trilogies being some of the hardest because it’s the middle of an overall story while still having a beginning, a middle, and an end in itself and this book…well, allow me to explain.
This book starts not too long after the first book ended. It’s the same night actually where we have a little interaction between Thomas and Teresa. I’m still not a fan of their relationship but the moment was cute. We even get a glimps of a memory. Then everything goes to hell: Gladers running around screaming, Teresa’s been kidnapped, and there are crazy people outside the windows begging to be killed. It’s all confusing but brings up interesting questions for the reader to ask. Namely, “What the hell is going on?”
Similar to the first book in that respect. But the difference here is that the first book was all about finding the answer to that question. While in this book we get the answer pretty early on. This in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but the answer is lame and can’t really hold a book on its own.
The Gladers are being put through the title of the book and it’s just boring to read. The problem is that none of this is devoted to exploring more of the characters. All we get is Thomas and his inner thoughts about the situation which is boring because Thomas is boring. I’m sorry to say for those of you to like him, but I don’t find him very interesting. He wasn’t even my favorite part of the last book. All the characters I really cared about are either dead or pushed to the side because no one is talking to each other.
Then Thomas get separated from the group with this girl named Brenda and I just didn’t care. Though I don’t think that Dashner can write girls. Or at least girls in relationships (of any kind) with Thomas. Because as soon as it started up I rolled my eyes so hard they almost fell out of my head because I didn’t care.
Even with the introduction of Group B and everything there was a lack of caring on my part. I find that to be a real problem when the plot hinges on the characters being in mortal danger.
Most of this is weird though because the writing style isn’t slow or boring. Everything is fast paced and simple, very clear to understand and none of the scenes dragged. So the was a fast but boring read.
I don’t know. This book did not make me excited to read the final book, though I am going to read it. This is just a disappointing follow-up to a book that I really enjoyed.