Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (Book and Film Review)

Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsThe second story in the James Dashner- penned trilogy. The Scorch Trials follows a similar tone and pace of that of its predecessor however; there are moments within the book that focuses on the after effects of the Maze Trial, and how it ultimately caused and sealed each and every Gladers fate. There were new faces, new terrors and a very vulnerable Thomas with no Chuck to comfort him.

When we left Thomas at the end of Maze Runner, he had just managed to break free from the confinement of the maze, with a few others, only to learn that the Sun has ravaged the Earth, the disease called the Flare has left human kind a shadow of its former self and, with the shocking knowledge that maybe the maze, was really the escape.

Scorch Trial picks up with Thomas in a daze after Chucks death. Though, he has been ‘saved’ from W.I.C.K.E.D (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Department) he struggles to feel safe after all that he has encountered. It is in this fragile state that Thomas and the other Gladers are thrust once again, backing into the nightmare that is the trials. You would think that the Gladers could be cut some slack.

For the film, Wes Ball’s big screen take on James Dashner’s story has both high and low peaks. However, I must give credit where credit is due in regards to (in my opinion), the seamless transition of the characters Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and Minho (played by Ki Hong Lee) from book to screen. The truly awful plot did not seem to hinder their depiction of the characters they were playing and in some moments it was the only thing preventing me from leaving the cinema.

Furthermore, the film had a lot of unnecessary characters who did not add anything to the actual development of the story yet, like Teresa they occupied screen space which could have been used in a much more efficient way. Though, the general story holds true in the film version of the book. It is less to do with the scorch trials and a lot more to do with you running around like a headless chicken, trying to find other headless chickens and then ultimately realising you’re all headless. There is no real outcome to the movie.

I do have high hopes for the final instalment of the Maze Runner Trilogy particularly, if I go along with the excuse that the Scorch Trials suffered from a tad bit of “middle movie” fatigue.

What did you think of the Scorch Trials?

Rating Scale: 3/5 (Book)

Rating Scale: 2/5 (Film)

Similar Book: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Lessons Learned from Harry Potter

Harry Potter Quotes

I was 10 years old when I read the first Harry Potter book and journeyed with the boy who lived, to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It remains to this day a truly cherished and beloved book series not only because of the unforgettable story and characters but also, for the wise words within the chapters about life, love and friendship. Below are listed some of my favourite quotes from the entire Harry Potter series:

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

-Quote by Albus Dumbledore

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

-Quote by Sirius Black

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

-Quote by Albus Dumbledore

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

-Quote by Albus Dumbledore

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

-Quote by Albus Dumbledore

*Aside from the fact that this last quote isn’t that wise it still is one of my absolute favourites (sometimes you just want to speak gibberish and it looks like our favourite Hogwarts headmaster agrees with us).

“I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

-Quote by Albus Dumbledore

What is your favourite Harry Potter Quote?

Maze Runner by James Dashner


Maze Runner

Set in a world where disease has taken millions of lives, the Maze Runner tells the story of a young boy called Thomas and his journey of surviving the maze trials alive – which unbeknownst to him could be the catalyst to saving the last remnants of humanity.

Highlights

This book was amazing and incredibly intriguing. This world created by James explores a dystopian world which is not too far from a reality that could come to pass. The Sun which ensures humanities survival suddenly turning against us, causing a sickness to spread to which only a few are immune. Surely then it is OK to experiment upon those who are not susceptible to the disease, or is it? I mean a few mentally unbalanced children watching their friends die to save the human race doesn’t sound too bad. It all depends on perspective because, manipulating a few variables to find a cure is understandable but, to create a controlled environment were not even your memories are permissible is downright cruel.

Shortcomings

The character of Teresa was not as well developed as some of the other characters for example Minho or Chuck. Teresa was too plain and flat as a person and she more or less stayed on the side-lines of the story whilst, Thomas did the running around. For someone who helped create the maze she did not do as much as she could have to help the others in getting out.

Conclusion

The Maze Runner is one of the best science fiction books out there.  Exploring the concept ‘for the greater good’, this book truly tests you as to what type of person you are. I loved it! I can’t wait to read the second book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Genre: Science Fiction/ YA

Similar Book: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So what did you think of the Maze Runner?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review

Red Queen Book Cover So you know when you’re looking for THE book to fulfil all your book cravings? But you are literally about to have a mental breakdown owing to the last ten books having been the same repetitive star-crossed lovers plot line with the same predictable ending.

Red Queen takes place in a world where people are divided on the colour of their blood. The Silver blooded possess supernatural powers and are considered Gods. The Red blooded are treated like slaves, inferior to their silver brethren and easily disposed of.

Mare is a 17-year-old Red girl who possess abilities which even the Silvers fear, abilities which could be the turning point to an entirely different world.

I really enjoyed this book. There was never a moment where I felt the plot went off on a tangent. The author kept me on my toes throughout the story and I was a part of a meaningful journey. The main characters were well thought out, each character could be identified individually through the narrative. Having distinct traits; Cal is a warrior he isn’t a manipulator of words unlike his brother Maven. Mare is fast, a thief and she is naive, she thinks she can trick others but in reality she is being fooled. Red Queen is like a game of chess: you use the pawns (characters) to break down the first line of defence (silver and red war) and then you come to realise that some pawns are more crucial than others.

The world created by Victoria Aveyard is vivid, the tall houses, the rising river in the summer, the sparkling diamond glass that hides and shows a manipulated reality, a deceptive material which is indestructible. This glass is a reflection of what Mare must be after she is discovered to be a Silver with Red blood as Mare says:

“They pulled me inside out, swiping Mare for Marina, a thief for a crown, rags for silk, Red for Silver.”

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Similar book – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins