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Today I have my first review here on booklikes for you. I just finished the Scorch Trials a few minutes ago, so everything is fresh in my mind. Here's my review of the sequel of the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner.
Title: The Scorch Trials
Series: The Maze Runner trilogy
Author: James Dashner
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Science-Fiction, YA, dystopian
Summary (from GR): The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?
My opinion: I found it very difficult to rate this book. This is because there were some pros, and some cons. Let me first start with the pros. First, the storyline. They finally escaped from the maze, and now they thought they were safe but such strange things happen and they end up in another fase of the trials. Only in the first fifty pages there happened in my opinion more than in the whole first book together. It was creative and so well thought. The last weird thing wasn't even over and the next crazy thing had already started. I like that Dashner didn't give Thomas a big hero role. He wasn't the hero of the battle. Without all the other gladers, he couldn't make it. Minho is an absolute badass and deserves a part in this review. He is so tough and I think that Minho ís the real leader instead of Thomas. He's so down to earth and his sarcasm is hilarious. I want to hug him real tight. Brenda and Jorge are also a really good, interesting and clever adaptation. We get to know some new faces in an original way and that's nice! And on top of that, I really like both of them!
Now let's move on to the cons. First, let me say something about Teresa (sorry for the people who like her). In the first book, I wasn't really a big fan of her, but now I really can't stand her anymore. The first point where she really began to annoy me was in that building where she and Thomas met. I can't explain it, but she annoyed me with her 'I'm innocent and cute oh no I'm so mean and a bitch but I can't do anything about it because they made me do this'. UGHHH. My hopes are that Thomas ends up with Brenda, 'cause I like her much more. Another thing that irritated me was the endless passing out from Thomas. I mean, seriously Dashner, WHY?! What is the need of Thomas passing out so many times, without anything happening? After a couple of times I was like: oh wow what a surprise, he passes out again, woah. It just got a bit boring when he passed out over and over again. The last thing is that I got to a point where the weird things and creatures got a bit too much. It was a little bit over the top. First it was a cool way of dystopian, but I just couldn't understand the use of the silver balls and the storm. How is that survival of the fittest? That's just killing random people.
So even though my 'cons' part is longer than my 'pro's' part, I really did enjoy reading this book. It took me a week to finish it, and with my school and work going on, that's a positive thing! I can't wait for the next book and to find out what's really behind all of this. That's why this book gets 4 stars. I liked the happenings in this book more, but there were too many negative aspects to give it 5 stars. The Maze Runner didn't have those cons, so that's why I gave that 5 stars.
I hope you liked my first review here on booklikes (and my first extensive review ever), and I will see you soon!