In the second installment of the Maze Runner series, The Scorch Trials, the book delves into the story exactly where it previously had ended. Now that Thomas and the other “gladers” have escaped the maze, it is unclear if they have truly found their freedom. The characters are, for the first time, seeing the real world effects of the havoc that the disastrous sun flares have wreaked on people, while simultaneously trying to figure out if the WICKED company is attempting to help or harm them.
The “gladers”, who once felt as though the maze was full of the most unimaginable terrors possible, are quickly finding out that the world might have become even worse since they left it. Additionally, Thomas undergoes his own personal problems as he is still only able to access partial, unclear memories, and cannot manage to understand the strange actions of both the WICKED organization and his friends.
This sequential book, that follows the hugely popular Maze Runner provides just as much of a captivating, action-oriented, plot line overflowing with suspense, shocking realizations, and betrayals. Those who enjoyed the first book are sure to find the second one equally enthralling as it continues the series’ theme of cliffhanger endings.