SpineOut : February - March 2017
Book Reviews plays the role of a tempter as she lures Thomas into a situation and betrays him; WICKED, the group that is in charge of the whole Scorch Trials experiments, claim that their intentions with the kids are to save the human race and find a cure. Cranks are the citizens in the Scorch who are slowly going insane from the infectious disease known as the flare. Some new characters are introduced during the story, such as Jorge and Brenda, half Cranks who agree to help Thomas and the Gladers reach the safe zone in return for the cure. The story has been written in third person. This is important to the tale because it’s told from the perspective of someone outside the story. The setting of the story is well described: ‘In front of him, a flat pan of dry and lifeless earth stretched as far as he could see. Not a single tree. Not a bush. No hills or valleys. Just an orange- yellow sea of dust and rocks; wavering currents of heated air boiled on the horizon like steam, floating upward, as if any life out there were melting toward the cloudless and pale blue sky’ . The feeling throughout the story is explained in great depth; ‘Sometimes I wonder ... if being alive matters. If being dead might be a lot easier.’ Overall, the story is action-packed; the author does an amazing job in creating an environment in which you want to continue reading. I strongly recommend that you read the whole series of ‘ The Maze Runner’ because it’s such a high-quality story. Age guide 12+ Rating: Five stars!
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