The Scorch Trials picks up literally hours after the first book left off, and the reader is immediately thrown back into this crazy, messed up world that *evil genius* Dashner has formulated. Not only does this book totally succeed in sucking you right back in where you leave off, but it also maintains the fantastic cast of character's personalities.
On another note, this book took me for a ride and broke my heart in two. As a reader, we're not even seeing things through Thomas's eyes directly, and yet I feel so attached to him and emotionally invested in his story that I feel as though he were a real person -- someone I really care about. Which is ultimately why I found myself cracking up, while simultaneously choking back tears, and then wanting to punch certain characters out. It felt real. It was horrible to endure, but in a weird, delicious way. It's like watching a horrific accident on the news, where you feel horrible watching it but you can't bring yourself to look away because you want to see this thing through and find out what happens. Thomas is one brave guy, and I found myself wondering how he didn't go completely insane throughout this book. I know I would have.
One of the major things that makes this book so fantastically brilliant is the massive character development, not just for Thomas, but for a bunch of the Gladers.
And let's not forget to mention the WICKED awesome (no pun intended) Group B girls. I don't know what I was expecting when they announced Group B being girls -- amazons? hope-I-don't-break-a-nail-girly-girls? -- but they blew my mind with how kick-butt and fierce they were. I was awed.
I won't say much more, save for the fact that the ending of this book ripped my heart to shreds and left me hungry for the next book, much to the likeness of a starving zombie hankering for some good ol' brains. (Speaking of which...Cranks are insane! You'll see what I mean when you read the book.)...more
I'm really confused about my feelings for this book. At first I really didn't think I'd like it. The beginning was pretty slow and I didn't know how I liked the protagonist, Lena. It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did it really redeemed itself.
I immediately liked Alex as a character. He was everything from handsome to sweet and charismatic. I love how, as a reader, we discover more and more about him with Lena, like we're slowly unwrapping a great gift together and everything gets better and better.
Lena is a very strong character, and in a likable way where she's not overly stubborn or jaded. She was just real and I loved how she felt the deliria taking over. It was a beautiful process to watch her transform and develop as a person and discover herself. Not to mention how PHENOMENALLY written this book is. Just sayin'.
One complaint I have about the book is the profanity and some of the content. As a conservative reader, I wasn't too keen on the bad words in some of the scenes, although it was hardly the worst I've read.
Also, the ending is left wide open for a sequel, unsurprisingly. I finished the book hungry for more, which is kind of depressing because the next book won't be out for another year. It's sad to think I almost put this one down indefinitely from the start. It takes a while to get into it, but is definitely worth the time. ...more
So, I kind of adored this book. A LOT. The characters were super lovable and well rounded. I especially loved Xander. Xander has a lot to offer as a character. He's handsome, funny, sarcastic, kind of rebellious...handsome.... And then there's Ky. Mysterious, quiet, gentle. Frankly, as far as the love triangle goes, it's kind of amazing how each character handles it. Cassia, for one, is a really brave character. I wouldn't have the guts to do what she does: fight for a love she's not allowed have. Fight for choices and decisions. She does all that and still remains a sweet girl. That kind of baffles me in ways I don't understand. I would be one grumpy girl if I had to fight for something like that. Seriously. Also, I mentioned in the vlog that I really have this weird obsession with the family life in dystopia books. Granted, there's a few exceptions, but for the most part, the protagonists in nearly every dystopia book I've read so far have a great relationship with their parents and siblings. There's not the annoying angst between the parents and children that tends to be so prevalent in a lot of books and movies and shows today. I like that Cassia - although there are some disputes - doesn't blame her parents for, say, "like, ruining my LIFE!".
I really liked the idea of the three tablets. I won't spoil it by telling you what they all do, but I really liked the idea of them all. I just wish there had been more usage of them... Also, while I really like the whole utopia-type "Society" going on in the book, I really hope that we find out more about why this is such a terrible world to live in, and, subsequently why this is classified as a "dystopian", because I kind of wish I did live in the Society. One HUGE thing I forgot to mention in the vlog (and I don't know why, because this is the big reason I loved the book...) it's SUPER clean. Not once did I feel uncomfortable reading the romance in this book. There were no awkward make-out scenes that made me hope my mom didn't ask me what I was reading. Seriously clean.
I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!...more
This book was brilliant. I loved the development of the characters. The progression of the book at first was VERY slow. That's why I only gave it 4 stThis book was brilliant. I loved the development of the characters. The progression of the book at first was VERY slow. That's why I only gave it 4 stars. But don't get me wrong, this is an AMAZING dystopian novel that I really enjoyed. I'm anxiously anticipating Ms. Hall's sequel to this intriguing novel. :)...more
This book has literally been sitting on my bookshelf for months. First, I saw it in Costco (yes, Costco...) and thought the synopsis sounded pretty intriguing. So that was the very first book I added to my "to-read" list on Goodreads. Then I kind of forgot about why it was such an interesting sounding book. It sat at the bottom of my "to-read" list, collecting metaphorical dust, crumbling under the weight of the 200-something other books on my "to-read" list. And there it sat...patiently awaiting the day I would actually get the chance to read it. Four months ago--about the time our family dog was about to have her pups--my friend lent me his copy of The Maze Runner. I was so swamped with school that I only got two or three chapters into it and then it was placed on my bookshelf, collecting literal dust. As a bookie, this was a duel offense on my part.
Two weeks ago, I finally picked this book back up, having "nothing else to read". It took about thirty minutes to sit down and reluctantly pick up where I left off, but as soon as I did, I couldn't put it down. Why didn't I give this book a chance before? I finished the book pretty quickly, actually. I had to neglect my homework (big no-no!) and stay up until 3:30 AM wielding a flashlight under a blanket like some kind of fourth-grader boy with a new Marvel comic, but I finished it within two days. I loved this book! The characters were so well thought out and individual--and witty!--that I wish they were real. Thomas is a fantastic character to read about because he's real and believable. :) And Minho.... Minho is hilarious. I love the system of authority that the Gladers developed, and how organized they are. The intricacy of "The Maze" and the ending was just....Wow! I won't spoil anything for you, but it is most definitely a shocker.
I've thought a lot about why I was so turned off by this book at first, and I think I've finally figured it out. I'm a girl, and a girl who typically only enjoys books where the main characters are fellow girls. Girls are "easy to relate to" seeing as girls and guys think differently. The only times I've read a book with a boy protagonist were books I came to really regret picking up (Tom Sawyer, for one, was NOT a big hit with moi). I also figured that this book wouldn't have romance in it because of the lack of a girl protagonist. While it's not a very obvious romance, there are definitely romantic feelings, and those feelings, in all their honesty and subtlety, speak infinitely louder than any obvious "I love you now let's kiss" scene. For those of you fellow girls who cringe at the thought of reading a book with a guy as the main character, fret no longer! The Maze Runner is like no other book I've ever read before and certainly sets the bar WAY high.
The Maze Runner reminded me of why I love to read. It pulled me into this sick, messed up world, and wouldn't let me leave. I was trapped with the characters, suffering with them. I could relate to the characters, mourn with them, become afraid with them, and even feel nauseous with them. The only words I could conjure up after finishing it were "Whoa" and "I can't wait to read the next one!"...more
This was one of the few books that has stayed on the top of my favorites list since reading it. Every moment I was reading it, I felt like it was realThis was one of the few books that has stayed on the top of my favorites list since reading it. Every moment I was reading it, I felt like it was real. I felt like the characters were real. I even felt scared to death that the GAMES were real! I've recommended it to all my friends. :)...more