Title:The Scorch Trails ( The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2010
Genre: Dystopian, Sci Fi, YA
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A)
Blurb: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
The sequel of The Maze Runner keeps up with the level of mystery and thrill, but in a different way.
It picks up right from where The Maze Runner ended, which is great.
I Found it much easier to get into because I was already invested in the story and I was trying to figure out Wicked and all the crazy things that were happening.
Not only that the element of love is added in the second book, but also it is a Love triangle.
This story is about extreme manipulation with emotions and believes, and James Dashner was able to involve me with what Thomas went through.
It might not be highly action packed like The Maze Runner, oh man, but the feels it gives you is phenomenal !
Every couple chapters left me humming the intro of Macklemores' Thrift Shop, which goes something like What What What , What What What?
The Only thing that kind of annoyed me was how much Thomas passed out and slept in this book, probably about 20 times !
I really enjoyed the Scorch Trails and I gave it 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
Title: The Selection #1
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Love
Edition : Paperback
My Rating: 5/5 stars (A)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
A great enjoyable read , even though it was not what I expected it to be.
I really admired how the author designed the status scale, from 1 to 8, where what you work , how much you get paid, and your social status were all decided by the government.
However , this is not a book about a corrupted government, but a contest that is held when the prince is looking for a bride,and this is where the story begins.
I did not know what exactly what would the Selection would be, perhaps a hand to hand combat between princesses, or something :D
Although the concept of the Selection itself in kind of plain and not that creative, the way the characters were described and the conversations made me finish the book in less than day.
The book is mostly character based and although there is not much of action or fighting going on, I still found myself strongly invested in the story.
An applause for Kiera Cass for making me like both boys in this love triangle, but it is still Team Maxon :)
I can't wait to have the second book in the series " The Elite" between my hands and read it.
I gave this book 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
Title: The Maze Runner (#1)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Ya
My Rating: 5/5 stars ( A + )
"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
This is not your typical Ya Dystopian book!This is a mind blowing,exciting, terrifying, action packed read; All in just one book.
The world building in this book is phenomenal. I was able to visualize such a creative place and enjoy every single description from the moving walls of the maze to the creepy and dangerous Grievers .In other words, the vivid imagery is beyond being Epic !
The story was not particularly told from Thomas's point of view, but the entire story revolves around him; as in, we always see what he sees. I really liked character building of almost everyone. From curiosity to fear to hate, this book shows you, no, makes you be in the character's shoe of emotions.
Although it took me a while to get into the story, The Maze Runner turned to be a fantastic read with both great writing and an amazing plot.
Many people found the slang language used annoying;however, i really enjoyed it. They only use a couple of slang words !Some of these slang words often have a funny origin, adding the element of humor to the book.
I give this book 5/5 stars and an A+ according to my own rating scale.