Overall rating: 3/5 stars

The second installment in the Maze Runner trilogy finds Thomas and his friends forced to participate in the second phase of the organization, WICKED’s, plan to safe humanity at any cost necessary.

After they escaped the Maze, Thomas and the Gladers were led to believe that they were safe. They cleaned up, ate, and slept. But, in the middle of the night Thomas realized that Theresa was gone. In her room was a boy by the name of Aris, who had seemingly been in another situation similar to the one Thomas had encountered. But, his group was entirely consisted of girls.

The boys are informed that they all have an illness called the Flare, which slowly causes a person to lose their mind, and that they can get the cure if they reach a certain point in a place called the Scorch. Once they reach this safe haven, they will be given the cure. The boys take as much water and food as they can handle, and head out to finish the second phase of WICKED’s twisted plan.

The entire journey, Thomas is getting his memories back slowly. They mostly come to him as he sleeps, but his involvement in the Maze and WICKED’s plans are just out of reach for him. He finds out that he knew Aris in his previous life, and that Aris, himself and Theresa played very big roles in the creation of WICKED’s plans.

Thomas quickly finds out that Plans Bs instructions are to kill him, and is surprised to find out that Theresa is Group Bs unofficial leader. Group B kidnaps Thomas with the intention of killing him, but he manages to talk them out of it. Theresa eventually admits to Thomas that she was instructed to make Thomas feel immensely betrayed, though she has no idea why WICKED instructed her to do so.

Eventually, a small group consisting of the Gladers, Group B, and two guides the groups pick up on the way; make it to the safe haven, only to have the rug ripped out from under them by WICKED for the umpteenth time.

I will admit, it took me a very long time to read this book because it took me so long to get into it. Dashner’s writing was a bit predictable in this one, and the characters proved to be very whiny and pron to repeat their complaints consistently. The last three chapters proved to be immensely interesting to me, though I wish the rest of the book had that quality for me.