Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Scorch Trials // The Death Cure // James Dashner

Here is the thing about this series (and I'm just jumping right in here) it's not really my cup of tea. It's go, go, go and so many twist and turns and I never really got a good read on some of the characters and their secrets and stupid mistakes they make, but maybe I am getting ahead of myself. Let's take both of these books as a separate entity.

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The Scorch Trials pickup where the Maze Runner ends, the gladers are taken to a "safe house" which we (the reader) knows is just a trick for the next phase in the trials. Everything kind of explodes with Teresea being replaced with Aris and the Gladers finding out that they have the flare and being thrown into the scorch. From there everything gets a little crazy. Thomas and the others meet Jorge and Brenda, they get separated, Thomas gets 'involved' with Brenda, even though he doesn't know what's going on with Teresea, and throughout I can't figure it out. Is W.I.C.K.E.D good? Who are Brenda and Jorge really? Are they agents of W.I.C.K.E.D or just random strangers caught up in the mess are they good guys or bad guys or neutral parties? What is going on?
On reflection it seems like that's what Dashner wants. It's a lot like real life, you never really know people, but in the mist of  reading it I was pretty confused by everything. In the end of The Scorch Trials I am still left with the feeling that there has to be more to the story and there is some puzzle piece that I am missing.
I did use Amazon's Whispersync to purchase this book so I was able to read when I wanted and listen when I was in the car, and I really did enjoy the narration.
Which brings me too...

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The Death Cure.  I did enjoy this book, which wraps up the
series. To me though, a lot of what happens is extremely unbelievable. In one part they are in a coffee shop and everyone is asked to evacuate and Thomas just stands their like an idiot and ends up getting taken by a bounty hunter and W.I.C.K.E.D rescues him. First, what the hell Thomas? Who in their right mind would just sit there and watch? It's not like he is in shock, he's just being stupid. Secondly, we are supposed to believe that even though his tracking device has been removed W.I.C.K.E.D just happens to know exactly where he is and just happens to rescue him just in time? I can dispense with reality for certain things but this is asking for me to believe a little too much. And that brings us to another problem that I have, the fact that this company has all this money and are doing all this research and they can't do anything more to help the victims of the flare? They have enough technology and money to build these giant grievers but they are putting their hope in the cure for the flare being brain patterns in a bunch of kids.
I also find it extremely difficult to believe that Brenda had something to share with Thomas and makes a huge deal, but that is never reveled?
All of that being said, I did enjoy the ending to the series, but I think that in this case I will enjoy the films much better than the books.

Overall I did enjoy this series and they mystery of W.I.C.K.E.D and the action of the books, though I think I was expected to believe too much that couldn't be possible.
I give both The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure 4.5/10. I thought they were enjoyable and I do believe that Dashner is a brilliant writer, but they just aren't my cup of tea.

What were your thoughts on these books? Do you agree or disagree?