One of the joys of summer reading is that it gives me the opportunity to delve into a book series without feeling like I’m neglecting my other reading. This summer, that book series has been James Dashner’s The Maze Runner trilogy, and I’ve just finished its second installment, The Scorch Trials.
The Scorch Trials again follows Thomas and his cohorts as they enter into the second phase of the Trials in which they are forced to cross 100 miles of wasteland to reach a safe haven in a two-week time period. Much like the situation in the Maze, the Gladers face various Variables that hinder their progress along the way. Thomas also faces a new challenge in being separated from Teresa, who he’s considered his best friend, but now is having difficulty knowing whether he can really trust her.
After having a bit of trouble really getting into The Maze Runner, I’m happy to say I quickly found myself lost in this story. Thomas’s frustrations over his lack of understanding about the Trials or his mission in general were enough to keep me hooked, and the development of a new love triangle is always sufficient to keep me reading.
Luckily, I ordered The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure at the same time, so I’m already set to start reading the final book in the trilogy. The Death Cure is followed by The Kill Order, a prequel Dashner wrote to The Maze Runner. After I finish the third book, I guess I’ll have to decide if I’m interested in reading it.