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The Scorch Trials is the second novel in James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. The Scorch Trials sees the ‘Gladers’ finally find some hope following their escape from the maze. Although they expect to find earth the way they had dreamt about it and envisaged it, they’re soon disappointed to be greeted by a world destroyed by sun flares and largely turned into a desert and so-called ‘cranks’ – people who’ve been infected by the Flare Virus, which sees common people turn into mad people ready to kill anything or anyone in their way.
At first, the Gladers, including main characters Thomas, Newt, Minho and Teresa, find themselves taken to a house in the middle of the desert where they believe themselves to be safe and enjoying simple pleasures such as eating pizza with their friends. It all seems too good to be true and it is. The Gladers have just learnt about the flare and what it means and that they’re there to help find the cure. However, it all turns sour quickly, when the Gladers wake from their long sleep and find Teresa missing and replaced by Aris, a boy the equivalent of Teresa but from another group who also experienced the maze. Desperate to find out what happened to Teresa, the boys quickly realise that they are far from safe. The happiness from the night before is replaced by fear and uncertainty, which only appears to be getting worse with the arrival of the rat man, a man sent by WICKED to tell the boys about their next trial.
The second experiment sees the boys challenged to make their way to the mountains, a 100 miles north of where they are now within two weeks to a safe house where they are to be given the cure. The downside is that they have to make their way through a scorching hot desert with cranks waiting to test their loyalty and determination to succeed. Yet cranks and heat aren’t their only obstacles as they find themselves challenged to figure out who they can and can’t trust and what else WICKED has in store for them.
The second instalment of the trilogy is another page-turner thanks to a sci-fi novel yet again wanting you to find out what’s in store for them and most importantly who will succeed this second challenge.