By James Dashner
From the back cover
SOLVING THE MAZE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE END.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would means freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
THERE ARE NO RULES. THERE IS NO HELP. YOU EITHER MAKE IT OR YOU DIE.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction — and they’re determined to survive.
NEVER STOP RUNNING
In a gist…
The plot for this book wasn’t as intense as the first one but not much less captivating. Thomas and the rest of the Gladers learn more about WICKED and themselves along the way. The Scorch Trials is filled with unexpected twists and intriguing surprises. It sure does not disappoint.
It is important, however, to note that the storyline contains much flirtation, some sort of love triangle, and kissing throughout. All that along with much graphical descriptions of violent encounters.
– Feelings between Thomas and Teresa intensify in this book and they first kiss in Chapter 20.
– Kisses are followed thereafter throughout the book.
– A female character is very “touchy” with Thomas and is obviously attracted to him
– Thomas and another female character lay down side by side with their bodies touching and some feelings are described in that scene.
– This series is full of violence and graphic descriptions of gruesome zombie-like flesh eating creatures.
– Blood, scorching, and killing are all portrayed throughout the book, however, the sane humans are never violent against one another.
Most swear words used in this book, like the first one in the series, are made up words that hold no meaning in English. One time one of the Gladers tells Thomas that he can kick his butt but that’s it.
Some of the main characters are ecorted to a party, against their will, where alcohol is served and drugs are used. Some of the party attendees are described to have passed out from the intoxicants.
Degradation of Family/Islamic Values
– In Chapter 25, a sever strom hits a city and is described with the following words:
The rain fell in torrents, like God had sucked up the ocean and spit it out over their heads in fury”.
– The “Creators” (WICKED) are evil and lead the teenage boys on a life threatening journey to test their survival rate. The main idea of the series is un-Islamic, however, WICKED is clearly portrayed as evil and definitely not glorified.
This series is full of violence, evil governments carrying on atrocious plots, and some kissing between a male and some of the female lead characters.