Guest Reviewer: Ami (@mama_roach)
Dashner has Thomas and the remaining Gladers literally ‘dashing’ through The Scorch after being told that the next phase of the trials are about to begin. The maze was only the beginning. Faced with blistering heat and citizens who have been infected with the ‘Flare’ (a deadly virus that sends people mad), Thomas and the Gladers must decide who is worth their trust. WICKED is good. Or are they? Thomas doesn’t know and neither do the readers, as we, alongside Thomas cannot believe everything we see (or read).
Dashner pushes the boundaries, for both the characters and the reader. Having loved the first book, despite its oddities, such as telepathy and mechanical creatures, its mysteries have remained with me and it is now something I want to solve, alongside the characters.
The book starts positively, with twists and turns along the way, but after a while, the clue-finding gets a little repetitive and disjointed. There are almost too many new characters to keep track of, but we, along with Thomas, must work out who is trustworthy and who won’t survive in The Scorch, so this just adds to the sense of mistrust we feel for WICKED. I only hope that the new characters and plot-twists are relevant to the third and final instalment in this series.
Once, like Thomas, you get used to being outside the Maze, the pieces of the mystery start to fit together… then Dashner throws in some more pieces of the mystery to solve!
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