The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Scorch Trials: Turn Up the Heat (SPOILERS)


I just finished the second book in the Maze Runner series, and I have to say, it was pretty good.  Similar to “The Maze Runner,” “The Scorch Trials” was gripping, suspenseful, and mysterious.  For every one question answered, ten more questions would arise.  One thing is for sure, James Dashner knows how to make his readers never want to put his books down.  In fact, I found “The Scorch Trials” to be even more unpredictable than “The Maze Runner.”  Each big reveal was entirely different from what I expected it to be, making the story fresh and exciting.

Having a degree in Biology, I was very appreciative of the overall concept of sun flares causing the world to change.  I thought that this was a fascinating approach, and it very original.  I’m curious to learn more about these solar flares in book three.

One improvement from “The Maze Runner” was the characterization.  Each character started to develop more of a personality, making him/her unique.  I also enjoyed the fact that the other characters made fun of Thomas’s lack of humor, almost mocking Dashner’s lack of characterization in his first book.  While Dashner is on the right track, he could still incorporate more character development.  In particular, I found the female characters in “The Scorch Trials” to be rather one-dimensional, and I would like to see them more fleshed out and developed in book three.  Dashner is starting to step away from stereotypes, but he still has a bit to go.

Another critique I had about “The Scorch Trials” was the lack of visual details.  I found some things and event hard to picture, such as the city, the death spheres from the tunnel, the berg, and the orb monsters.  Just a little more visual description will help me to become fully submerged in the world of the story.  Other than that, I appreciated the fact that Dashner used a lot of olfactory and auditory details to help flesh out his world.  Those senses are usually the ones to be lacking in books, but not in Dashner’s case.

“The Scorch Trials” was a great read, and I highly recommend it.  If anything, I just wanted to see more.  It felt like the book ended to quickly with not enough of a climax.  I’m excited to read “The Death Cure” though and finally figure out what the hell is going on.

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