The Scorch Trials – James Dashner

First and foremost I must apologize that we haven’t posted a review in a long time. Thanks to school, work has been piling up and we don’t have time to write reviews and most importantly read! Well, let’s get to it, ‘The Scorch Trials’! I loved the first book and the second book didn’t disappoint as it was just as good! It is full of action, adventure, and constant suspense! I couldn’t put it down!!

‘The Scorch Trials’ carries on from the first book as our group of protagonists continues their journey of unlocking the secrets of W.I.C.K.E.D as well as facing new fears. The Scorch is a hot deserted mess of deadly obstacles which is set up to test the survived Gladers. I can’t give too much away without revealing spoilers however I can assure you it is packed with action and adventure.

In the book, we meet a load of new characters which I think is great and each one of them is different. But of course, we can’t forget original graders who still play a large role in the book. I loved seeing our protagonists develop throughout the book as they faced different challenges however there are some characters I would just love to give a good smack to!!

This book had everything; a gripping storyline, lovable characters, and constant cliffhangers! There was never a dull moment and I am so glad that we found out more and more about W.I.C.K.E.D as otherwise, I don’t think I could have coped with living in the unknown! But Dashner always left a chapter on a cliffhanger, I never wanted to put it down however this got annoying as I didn’t know when/where to stop! I also loved that I never knew who to trust, who was good, who was bad, I thought I figured out something only for that idea to be shot down the next chapter after. It was brilliant!! Even though I loved this book to pieces, I still loved the first one more, but I think it was because the concept was so new and brilliant that I was completely blown away.

Overall I thought this book was a fantastic second installment to the series and I can’t wait to read the ‘Death Cure’!! I am happy to award it with 4/5 stars and I recommend you certainly read this series!! If your unsure on whether to or not please check out my spoiler-free review on ‘The Maze Runner’ and hopefully that should persuade you!!

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

A book I have been dying to read for a long time and with the film coming out this October I needed to read it! Finally I have and I am please to say I really enjoyed it, so much I couldn’t put it down! I went into the book already knowing a lot of the storyline from my sister who just loves to give away spoilers and from the numerous trailers released! With this I thought I knew the outcome of the book but I was proven wrong with all the twists and turns I encountered!

The book for those who don’t know, follows the path of a young boy named Thomas who wakes up with no memory in the centre of a huge maze inhabited by a group of boys known as gladers. Like Thomas, the gladers don’t know why or how they came to the maze all they know is when the walls open they risk everything to find out! In doing so Thomas has to discover his past in order to help the others before it’s too late…

This book was again full of action and mystery leaving the reader in the same position as the character’s – in the unknown! However I hate the sense of unknown, I thought it was a clever way to create suspense but I hated it! I wanted to know answers as much as the characters leaving myself feeling frustrated with the book itself!

However on a positive note I loved the character’s so much I became very attached to them! I thought the development of some characters was really good however I have to admit I would love to give Theresa a good old smack!

Overall I really liked this book and I would give it 4/5. It is a great read with never a dull moment and I would certainly recommend you pick up the next book as the first leaves you on a clift-hangger