fantasy, fiction, throwback

(TBT) “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner

Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just like James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials creates a lot of questions that the main character, Thomas, and the reader cannot answer. Just when one question seems to be answered another three arise and then the chapter ends. The second book in the series is set in Mexico, according to the characters’ guesses. The goal for the kids is to travel across a hot city full of creepy “cranks” and to reach a place of safety where WICKED will pick them up. Although the constant creation of new questions can get bothersome, Dashner’s imagination continues to amaze me and I am trusting that he has a mind-blowing explanation for everything.

The second book in Dashner’s series did not completely impress me though. Yes, Dashner is very creative and he demonstrates a strong use of metaphors and similes but there were instances where I did not think the scene was necessary or the resolution was too simple. For example, I think the scene with the last creatures the group faces in the novel could have been cut. I will leave it up to other readers to decide if they think that scene or any others could have been dropped during the editing process.

Hopefully, Dashner can cleverly clear up all the confusion in the last book of the series, The Death Cure.

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