Skip to main content

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials is the second in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. It's your standard YA, post-apocalyptic, Possibly Evil Government Is Manipulating Teens situation. CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE. 

ugh.

After the first book, the hero (Thomas) is out of the maze. As perhaps indicated by the title, there is another trial, and it involves things being very hot. Namely, an extremely hot desert to cross. 

Now, I'm probably going to read this whole series. I want to make that clear. I like mysterious trials and I really want to know what the hell is going on and how Dashner is going to justify what the characters are going through (there're a lot of scenes with government officials giving vague hints and it's maddening). 

But I still have a LOT to complain about, because it's a YA dystopian series and I am a 30 year old woman who will not just put up with shit.

1. Again? Again we have one girl? ONE GIRL. It's not even the same girl! Original Only Girl disappears at the beginning and New Girl shows up. Who, guess what, is immediately into the protagonist because why wouldn't you be, amirite, ladies? They're all racing against the clock for their lives, but hey, that doesn't mean you can't fit in a little romance.

Some girls are added in later, but only in the most token of ways. Just kinda "oh yeah, and then there were other girls. In addition to New Girl. They didn't say much."


2. James Dashner, I already said I was going to keep reading your books, so right now, listen to this advice, because this is someone who wants to enjoy those books: stop writing kissing scenes. Stop it immediately. You don't know what you're doing and it's embarrassing for everyone. No one "suddenly" finds themselves kissing someone. Also "And then they were kissing" is the worst ever.

HOW ABOUT THAT PLAGUE THAT'S KILLING EVERYONE

3. We have to spend a lot of time with Thomas, and I don't want to hate him, but can you not Mary Sue your hero. So he's the smartest and the fastest and the best leader? Is he? He's all of those things? If that's even true, can you have him shut up thinking about how everyone else is making bad decisions and how he knows the right thing to do? People who think that all the time are terrible and I don't want to ride around in their heads.

I KNOW THIS ALL SOUNDS BAD. And yet I've already started the next one: The Death Cure. Will more girls speak in it? (maybe) Will they be sexually interested in Thomas? (probably) Will the ham-handed love triangle Dashner has created be furthered? (ugh yes) HOWEVER WILL THERE ALSO BE MORE MYSTERIES AND MAYBE SOME EXPLANATIONS? (also yes, which is why I am continuing)

Look, there is a plague that has ravaged the planet, and for some reason, putting kids in psychologically traumatic situations holds the key to that plague, and I'm gonna find out how that could possibly be the case.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Build a Girl Introductory Post, which is full of wonderful things you probably want to read

Acclaimed (in England mostly) lady Caitlin Moran has a novel coming out. A NOVEL. Where before she has primarily stuck to essays. Curious as we obviously were about this, I and a group of bloggers are having a READALONG of said novel, probably rife with spoilers (maybe they don't really matter for this book, though, so you should totally still read my posts). This is all hosted/cared for/lovingly nursed to health by Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads) because she has a lovely fancy job at an actual bookshop ( Odyssey Books , where you can in fact pre-order this book and then feel delightful about yourself for helping an independent store). Emily and I have negotiated the wonders of Sri Lankan cuisine and wandered the Javits Center together. Would that I could drink with her more often than I have. I feel like we could get to this point, Emily INTRODUCTION-wise (I might've tipped back a little something this evening, thus the constant asides), I am Alice. I enjoy

Harry Potter 2013 Readalong Signup Post of Amazingness and Jollity

Okay, people. Here it is. Where you sign up to read the entire Harry Potter series (or to reminisce fondly), starting January 2013, assuming we all survive the Mayan apocalypse. I don't think I'm even going to get to Tina and Bette's reunion on The L Word until after Christmas, so here's hopin'. You guys know how this works. Sign up if you want to. If you're new to the blog, know that we are mostly not going to take this seriously. And when we do take it seriously, it's going to be all Monty Python quotes when we disagree on something like the other person's opinion on Draco Malfoy. So be prepared for your parents being likened to hamsters. If you want to write lengthy, heartfelt essays, that is SWELL. But this is maybe not the readalong for you. It's gonna be more posts with this sort of thing: We're starting Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone January 4th. Posts will be on Fridays. The first post will be some sort of hilar

Book Blogger Hop, Pt II

All right. The question for this week is:  "Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?" Oh-ho my. I have an issue with book commitment. I start a new book, and it's exciting and fresh, and I get really jazzed about it, and then 20% of the way through, almost without fail, I start getting bored and want to start another book. I once had seven books going at the same time, because I kept getting bored and starting new ones. It's a sickness. Right now I'm being pretty good and working on The Monk , Northanger Abbey , Kissing the Witch , and I'm about to start Waiting for the Barbarians since my friend lent it to me. But The Monk and NA are basically books I only read when I'm at work, so I don't see it so much as working on four books, as having books in different locales. Yes. This entry wasn't as good as some of the others, but I shall rally on the morrow. Yes I shall.