After their escape from the Maze, Thomas and his companions are unsure what to expect of a world destroyed by the sun, with disease taking over what’s left of the population. Can there be anything out there for them? Did the experiment work, will they make a difference to those that are left?
Once they are given food and a bed for the night, they see a glimmer of hope in all this madness. However, when they wake to screams and the faces of those infected by the Flare, known as Cranks, they are soon thrown into another world of pain and suffering. They have to travel across the scorch plains, where the infected are sent to slowly lose their minds and eventually die.
The group face the heat, the cranks and Wicked in order to find a safe haven and the cure for the flare, which they have been told, each and every one of them now has.
As with the last book, the pace is fast and flows well, yet it never takes a breath, never slows down for the group or the reader. For me the constant attack grated on my mind. I understand that the trails had to be continual in order to confuse Thomas along with the group, but it needed some time to slow, even if it was for a minute or two, to look for the answers though it was obvious that there were never going to be any.
It was long, bogged down with action, as good as it was, and nothing at all was answered other than the fact that Thomas and Teresa are a lot more involved in Wicked than they wish to be. Teresa’s change in personality is a nice twist, though she seemed to take what Wicked told her without question, unlike Thomas.
I must admit that I put the book down a couple of times, just for a break from the horrendous ordeal they had to continually face and hated the fact that nothing was answered. Maybe James Dashner could have given us something, anything to cling onto. I will probably read the other books, as I need to know exactly what influence Thomas has in Wicked, I have a feeling that it goes all the way to the top, but I won't be in a rush to do so.