By James Dashner
Thomas and the rest of the group's escape from the Maze and the horrifying creatures called Grievers has proven to be short-lived because WICKED, the group behind it all, has another trial in store for them. Sun flares have destroyed most of the Earth, and a virus called the Flare has ravaged its population. Infected people turn into zombies called Cranks that attack and eat one other. The kids are told that they have the Flare but if they succeed in surviving the second trial, they will be cured. With few supplies, they must travel across 100 miles of hot and scorched land within two weeks to reach a safe house to receive the cure. When Teresa, Thomas's best friend and the only girl in the group, disappears, and he loses the ability to communicate telepathically with her, he and the other guys determine to find her. As they trek across the barren desert encountering crazed Cranks, the teens' loyalty to one another and the group is tested.
This is the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy. This series is tricky to review because it is so up in the air as to whether you really like it or not. There is a lot of violence and brutality in this series, as the characters go through a lot and death is rampant. Where the first book raised about a billion questions, reading the second one answered about 3 questions and posed four million more. It is a book that you are constantly asking What? Who? WHY?!! I'll say this for this dystopian series, it is a definate page turner. Lots of people don't care for it because of the violence, but I'm holding on saying a definite yes or no until the last book comes out in October. When I get my answers, then I'll either say "kudos to you Mr. Dashner." or I'll be crying in a corner saying, "Why did I put myself through this?" I'll let you all know!
This book is reminiscent of The Hunger Games and The Uglies series. So if you like these books, I'll bet you'll love this one.