By: James Dashner
Thomas and the other Gladers encounter deadly traps, Cranks, and the group of girls of which Aris was formerly a part as they struggle to get across a scorching desert, through a city, and over the mountains beyond the city. Thomas's group brings along Jorge and Brenda, two early-stage Cranks, who agree to help them get through the city in exchange for a shot at getting a cure. However, Teresa betrays Thomas, breaking his heart, by being willing to kill him as WICKED has instructed her to do. This destroys the feelings that Thomas has had for her, even though Thomas does not die. Teresa tells him she would have gladly sacrificed anything between them to make sure he is still alive. When they make it through the Scorch trials, Thomas is separated from Teresa, who attempts to converse with him telepathically. Thomas tells her to leave him alone, and Teresa tells him WICKED is good.