The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Book 2)

Thomas and the rest of the group have been rescued from the people of WICKED, or so they think. But then Teresa goes missing and in her place is a boy who says he went through the same experience as them, only he was the only boy among a group of girls. They also discover that there are tattoos on each of their necks, giving them an official title. Minho’s says “the leader,” Teresa’s (according to the sign on the door that they find) is “the traitor,” and Thomas’s says “to be killed by Group B.” And they have two weeks to get one hundred miles north to the safe haven, through sick and crazy people suffering from the Flare, an illness that turns them into animals (sort of like the Walking Dead really). Can they make it in time? Can Thomas survive? Will Teresa really betray him?

Book two of the trials, instead of answering any questions, only serves to bring up more questions. (Sort of like Lost right?) Thomas slowly gets some of his memories back, but they only serve to make things even more confusing. Is WICKED good, as Teresa first claimed while still in the Glade? Was Thomas really a party to all of it? (My only concern with this book is that once we have all the information, it isn’t really going to make sense, but that may only be because I haven’t thought of an answer that makes satisfying sense.)

This is the first time I’ve read a book where I can’t really think of where things are going. I can’t figure out how or why the different pieces we’ve been given fit together. I love it. Dashner packs the pages with never-ending excitement and terror. Hunger Games finally has an equal in terms of exciting YA novel. I know it won’t be for a while, but I can’t wait until book 3, The Death Cure, arrives.

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