After escaping the maze, Thomas and the Gladers are relieved to be back to the outside word. But it turns out the Maze was only the first test. Later they find out the world is a disaster, and it has become infected with a disease called the Flare. A W.I.C.K.E.D. representative tells the Gladers that all of them have become infected with the Flare, but if they can travel across a burned land called the Scorch in two weeks they will receive the cure. On top of the burned land they have to travel across, they also have to avoid Cranks. Cranks are people infected with the Flare who lose their mind and will kill anyone. If the Gladers don’t get out of the Scorch in time they will become Cranks also and slowly die. Thomas can only wonder what else lies ahead after going through the Maze and Grievers. Will the Gladers survive through the Scorch? And what is W.I.C.K.E.D. testing them for?
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner is the second book in The Maze Runner pentalogy. I loved this book as much as I loved The Maze Runner and couldn’t put it down. However, while I was reading the book it was a little bit scary because I couldn’t help but thinking, “What if this happened to our world?” Anyways, this was a great book and definitely one to add to your shelf!