Here we are again, in the second book of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner…
Okay. I’m ready.
How come every time I read these books, I’m living and breathing in the world Mr. Dashner has created?
Because that’s what really is happening.
Now don’t think I’m one of those people who just LOVES any type of book and can’t say a word against one… I’m not. That’s why I’m going to start off by saying that the second book wasn’t as good as the first one.
The Scorch Trails is filled with weird, unexplainable things that really shouldn’t be there. There are elements that are unnecessary in telling the story, and they stick out like a nick in a marble floor.
James Dashner overdid it.
He overdid that underlying current of strange and bizarre that brought the first book alive. By trying to enhance it in the second book, he instead overwhelmed the reader by the amount of things that were just plain weird.
Can’t think of any other way to say it.
Not only were there a lot of things out of place in the book, Dashner kept adding more and more, never bothering to hint at an explanation of how the first things got there. Yes, you are supposed to be confused. The characters in the book are confused. But there is a limit to what you can add without affecting the world your readers are immersed in.
However, The Scorch Trails is well-written, and the characters are as vividly described and skillfully manipulated as in the first book. In fact, you learn more about the characters and who they are as individuals than the first Maze Runner.
So the characters are great, but the action is even better. Mr. Dashner adds even MORE plot twists on top of plot twists, and you’re always on the edge of your seat. No relaxing with this book! And no taking a break to do something else. Once you start reading, you will NEED to find out what happens.
This isn’t just an action book though. Dashner combines action with character development beautifully. You won’t ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of suspense.
This is an awesome book. Not unbelievably incredible, but still awesome.
Please read this series. You won’t be disappointed.