So, The Scorch Trials picks up right where the last Maze Runner separated. Thomas has been separated by Teresa, and all he knows is WICKED is capable of creating those Grievers and that somehow out of all the misery they are put through, there's the message that WICKED is good. I'll believe it when I see it. Now all of a sudden, the twenty or thirty of Gladers that escaped the maze are being held captive in some sort of building where the first second, a chain of bodies are held like the cannibal factory, the second someone is screaming for death, the third the bodies are gone. Now all of a sudden, Thomas and his friends are under the thumb of WICKED. I mean: they were in the maze, but they didn't know it and lead themselves. Now it turns out there are these Trials, and what Thomas is in store for may take away everything from him; his friends, his beliefs, his love. Who will survive The Scorch? Who won't?
Now, I have no doubt the movie is going to rock. Infact, I predict it will be the tied with Mockingjay Part 2 as best movie of the year, but I don't think they can do that in my book unless they differ from THIS novel. What was I expecting in The Scorch Trials? I can honestly say I don't know. Maybe I was expecting a road book where most of the questions are answered, the characters find some sort of loophole in the activity, the action is welcoming and the ending gives a cliffhanger without a hundred percent dread. This book fails on all three, and what is unfortunately one of the worst sequels I've ever read. What I think was okay about the book was the last action scene as well as the book having the perfect length for a big road book like this, and maybe a few new intriguing additions to the mystery. There's what I'm sad to say a slight coating of female in the book that is a bit bigger than you think but doesn't really make much sense, it's like a mirror reflecting you when you're not standing in the mirror. There's a bit of a betrayal element to it too, but it's not who you think, and I absolutely hated that entire act. The movie could've saved itself by pulling off a swift move but sinks back into despair. Now I'm not sure of anything. Thomas not only acts how he's not, but almost as a masochist. There's honestly nothing here but character deaths that spoil the action, unrealistic and dismal crises, understandable but overly screwy climax, and by the end, almost none of the questions are answered, and I felt exactly how I felt after I read the last few chapters of Alias Grace. These books were both nasty disappointments. Not even Chuck's wooden doll is mentioned here. If James Dashner wants me to forgive this book in The Death Cure, it better be a waterfall.