The Scorch Trials continues the story of Thomas and his friends, which began in the first book of the series, The Maze Runner.
…Warning: this review contain spoilers, proceed with due caution…
Twenty of the kids who unknowingly took part in the Maze trials have survived to escape into the horrors of the real world and the WICKED Corporation. These include Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho and Frypan.
At first they believe that they’re safe, that their trials in the maze are behind them and settle down for a relaxing sleep, only to be rudely awakened by chaos in the dead of night. The group must survive a trek through the harsh scorching desert to reach the Safe Haven and a cure for the Flare.
Unfortunately, I found this book to be really disappointing when compared to The Maze Runner. A lot of this story is very confusing and almost senseless in places. There’s not much reason behind some scenes and very little information given in explanation. Surely there must be some sense of purpose behind the Trials, a reasonable explanation for specific events that occur. However, we’re not provided with any real answers to confusing scenes, such as: Why switch Teresa with Aris? Why did Teresa drag Thomas along the ground instead of making him walk? Why did WICKED intervene and save Thomas’s life?
I really struggled to follow the plot for The Scorch Trials. It made sense having the group trek across the desert to reach the Safe Haven and the cure, as well as having a second group aiming to be the first to reach the Safe Haven instead. However, the actions of Teresa, and the rest of the girl group, just left me baffled, and wondering if it was even relevant to the story.
This is one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. The film has a much better story, plotted out in a meaningful way which makes much more logical sense than the randomness of the book. As such I’d have to give The Scorch Trials just 2 out of 5 stars, it has some good moments with Thomas and Brenda in the Underneath, along with a few grisly death scenes early on. However, too much of the story seems nonsensical to me, and the story doesn’t end but merely sets the stage for book 3, The Death Cure.