The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials is the sequel to one of my favorite books last year, The Maze Runner. Both books are action-heavy and feature REALLY AWESOME/SCARY monsters and places, and the characters are subjects of experiments run by¬† a mysterious organization called WICKED. It all sounds pretty cool, (and it all IS pretty cool!), but I can’t help but be a little disappointed by the actual writing and plot development.

If you haven’t read The Maze Runner, the premise is pretty simple: a bunch of boys are dropped into a gigantic labyrinth with no memories of where they came from or explanation of why they’re there. So they start exploring the maze, trying to find a way out. But if you don’t get back to the center of the maze (known as the Glade) by nightfall, the entrances to the maze close and terrifying monsters called Grievers will kill you. Grievers are like giant slugs with deadly Edward Scissorhands appendages. Fun, right?

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Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Maze Runner Movie

Illustration by Phillip Straub

I actually just finished the sequel to James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, and I was surprised it hadn’t already been optioned for a movie! It seems like an obvious choice for such an action-packed book which features a bunch of teenagers in a mysterious maze and gooey Blob monsters with Edward Scissorhands appendages. Awesome, right?

Well, apparently it is being made into a film, and Catherine Hardwicke is directing. Hardwicke is the director of Twilight and Thirteen. I’m not a Twilight fan, but I liked Thirteen and some other movies she’s directed, so hopefully this means good things for The Maze Runner!

I’ll be posting a review for the second book in the series, The Scorch Trials, later this week. I’m sorry for the lack of reviews lately, but with Thanksgiving and my crazy work schedule (remember that I work in retail!), I haven’t had much time to write up reviews. I have been reading a lot, though, so there will probably be a deluge of reviews once I get a day or two off!