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someone talk to me about books. I’m feeling sad and lonely and books are a happy thing.

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (spoiler review)


This is the second in The Maze Runner trilogy, as the first was so good I decided to read the sequel straight away. 

So, the gladers are out of the maze. We are intoduced back into the story just as the gladers are ‘rescued’ from Wicked headquarters and taken to a small house. The next morning they are woken by people called ‘cranks’ (people that are infected with the manmade ‘flare’ virus we learn) screaming and trying to break through the windows to attack the gladers. They run from their rooms to find all of their rescuers hanging from the ceiling, dead and Teresa (the only girl in the group) has vanished. When Thomas and the other gladers break into her locked bedroom they find a boy named Aris who explains he doesn’t know how he got there and has also escaped for the maze with a group of girls referred to as Group B. Thomas finds he can talk telepathically with Aris just as he good with Teresa before she vanished. The gladers find they cannot leave the hut they are imprisoned in, there are no doors and the windows are all barred. They have no food and only tap water. After a few days of starvation an alarm bell rings and when it stops they are given food and a small man dressed in a white suit is sat at a desk that has appeared. The man (they reffer to him as Ratman) explains to them that they have survived phase one of their training, the maze and they now have to complete phase two. He explans that the real world has been ravaged by a the terrible Sun Flares which baked the Earth killing millons and now their is a disese called ‘The Flare’ a man-made disese intent on controlling the population which went horribly wrong and spread infecting most of the world. The Flare attacks your brain, slowly turning you mad. Ratman tells the Gladers that they are all infected with the Flare  and they have to travel across the vast wasteland to a certain point to collect ‘the cure’ to the flare which will be the second task. 

I’ll stop there, this is the first few chapters of the book. I enjoyed The Scorch Trials as much as The Maze Runner. It was quick paced, exciting and mysterious. Again, I didn’t guess the plot twist and I enjoyed the new characters and the character development of the gladers and the friendship between Thomas, Newt and Minho. The only character I find quick irritating is Teresa, who reappears half way through this book. I jut think that she is so mysetrious and unexplained that it is actually quite frustrating. You don’t know if she’s good, bad, working for Wicked or not which I don’t know I would just have liked maybe a little more likeable character traits as I like a strong female character, which she is. A good second novel, a great set up for the finale but by no means a filler novel. 

5/5 stars.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

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Currently Reading - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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Upcoming reviews;

The Scorch Trails - James Dashner

More Than This - Patrick Ness

The Death Cure - James Dashner

Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

Kimberly’s Capital Punishment - Richard Milward

The Crane Wife - Patrick Ness

The Kill Order - James Dashner

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith 

The Book of Beasts - John Barrowman

The Vesuvius Club - Mark Gatiss

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

The Girl with all the Gifts - M.R Carey

Don’t Point that Thing at Me - Kyril Bonfiglioli

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North

Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman

Perfect - Rachel Joyce

The Devil in Amber - Mark Gatiss

I promise I will get on reviewing soon!!

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I apologise for my lack of reviews recently I don’t really have an excuse, so I finished this book back in May (I know I’m sorry) so I’m sorry if I can’t remember all the fine details of the plot. 

So, The Maze Runner is the first in a trilogy of dystopian novels by James Dashner. It starts off with the protagonist Thomas waking up in a pitch black lift and being uncovered by a large group of teenage boys in an area they call The Glade. They tell Thomas they call came the same way and have no memories of their past lives, they just remember the glade. We are introduced to other main characters such as Newt, Alby (the leaders) and Gally (the rival). We find out the ‘gladers’ have been there for up to two years all the time trying to solve the maze. The maze is the only other feature in this new world and is guarded by huge monstrous creatures named Grievers. Thomas settles into the group pretty quickly making friends with the youngest of the group, Chuck, and not getting on at all with Gally who seems to distrust him for reasons unknown. Newt and Alby tell Thomas what goes on in the Glade and how different boys have different jobs there one job being a ‘runner’. The runners job is to run through the maze during the day (when the Grievers are few or none) and try and find a way out and be back before night fall. Straight away Thomas feels this is the job for him and confides in Chuck that he has a strange feeling about the Glade, as if he has been there before. We learn soon on what happens if anyone gets ‘strung’ by a Griever; they go through what the Gladers call ‘The Changing’ which is a painful few days in which they boys remember parts of their old lives before the maze. One boy is going through the changing when Thomas arrives and attacks him raving that he has seen Thomas before and it’s his fault they were in the maze. Pretty soon in the plot something changes and the lift arrives with a new glader, much too soon after Thomas’ arrival. When they open the box they find a ‘dead’ girl (all of the gladers before have been boys) and she has a note with her which states ‘she’s the last one, ever’.

I won’t give away any more of the plot but this is pretty much the first few chapters. I LOVED this book, it was excellent and I can see why they have decided to make a film. Thomas is an extremely well written protagonist and the book grips you right from the start. Don’t be put off by the fact this is a YA book and on the cover it very annoyingly states ‘a must for fans of the hunger games’ giving it an immediate comparison which I disagree which. There is suspense and drama, likeable character, dislikeable characters and I DID NOT GUESS THE TWIST!! Which is a first.

Seriously, best start to a series I’ve read in ages. PICK UP THIS BOOK. 

5/5 stars.

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