The Scorch TrialseBook - 2010
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AndrewColinSmith thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99
green_monkey_2174 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16
Violence: Some disturbing, macabre stuff (I shudder just thinking about it). Gruesome deaths described in vicious detail.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The Flat-Trans scene might be disturbing for some younger audiences, And certain cranks can be frighting.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: and it also has some wierd scary scenes in it to so... enjoy ! :)
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Describes some of the death scenes after the Flat Trans, and they can make you VERY uncomfortable!!! BEWARE!!!!
Violence: It had some violence I will say, especially the part in the Flat Trans, that might be a little disturbing to some younger people.
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'Second, being the grand gentleman and saint that I am, I've decided not to kill the punk who attacked me'....Jorge pointed at Minho, who, not shockingly to Thomas at all, smiled and waved at the crowed.
“False hope," she said. "Guess that's better than no hope at all."
“He didn't care about the others anymore. The chaos around him seemed to siphon away his humanity, turn him into an animal. All he wanted was to survive, make it to that building, get inside. Live. Gain another day.”
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Thomas solved the maze,but now he is found locked in a cell with his friends. After a couple days they are told to go somewhere. They do what they were told. They arrive there and open a door. It his hot and very sunny. Its the Scorch. Part 2 of the trials have begun! Thomas, Minho and the others must find their way to the other side of the scorch to a safe haven. Will he pull through once again?
Thomas and the other Gladers must pass another trial; cross the Scorch and make it to the safe haven. All the time avoiding diseased and infectious humans who are set on killing them, and just trying to survive the hostile brutal environment.
In the beginning of this breathless, adventure-crammed tale, Thomas and the Gladers are "safe, rescued, and delivered" to a nice clean dorm, having lived through their escape from the Maze. As Thomas snuggles into his bunk bed, listening to the snores of his friends, he can also hear Teresa speak to him in his mind. Since she is the only girl in the group, their rescuers have sequestered her in a separate room. Speaking mind to mind, they discuss their fear that they will never lose the image of the terrible Grievers. But they haven't seen anything yet…
Thomas slips off to sleep and into a dream that seems to be a memory of an event that happened when he was a very small child. In the puzzling dream-memory, his mother cries as she tells her son that she doesn't know why he was chosen, but that he's special. The young dream-Thomas asks if she will become crazy, the way his father and other people have. As the dream ends, he again hears Teresa speaking in his mind: "Tom, something's wrong."
That turns out to be quite the understatement. Thomas can't quite seem to wake up, even when he realizes that Teresa is screaming. Even as he sleeps on, he's aware that there are noises around him --- sounds like shrieks of pain, yelling and crashing. But those are nothing compared to his sudden realization that Teresa is gone. Even when he calls her in his mind, there’s no response.
Thomas fully awakens…to a living nightmare. The other Gladers are running around pell-mell, staring aghast out the window and obviously terrified beyond belief. He sees a horrifying person standing outside his barred window. The stranger appears crazed --- covered with wounds, scars and burns --- and is begging Thomas to kill him. As if that isn't bad enough, Thomas and the others find an unbelievable sight when they leave their dorm rooms. In the large room hang the dead bodies of their rescuers.
As horrendous as things are, Thomas knows he must find Teresa. He goes to the room she slept in, and outside a sign displays these words:
Teresa Agnes. Group A, Subject A1.
In the room, instead of Teresa, he finds a boy who introduces himself as Aris. He says he came from the Maze and then proceeds to tell Thomas an incredibly shocking story. Before long, Thomas, along with Aris and the other Gladers, head out on an urgent quest. To reach their goal, they must cross the blazing Scorch. Along the way, Thomas occasionally experiences more of his own lost memories in short-dreamed snatches. Unfortunately, this only makes him even more mystified at what they reveal and what they don't. He also encounters a most unexpected enemy, along with a bit of a romantic triangle, during the ensuing adventure.