The Scorch Trials
By: Chloe Parker
The Scorch Trials was published on September 10, 2010
The author of the Scorch Trials is James Dashner. Dashner was born on November 26, 1972
The Scorch Trials is a Sci-Fi, of science fiction. The Scorch Trials has futuristic ideas, technology, etc.
The Flare and the Bliss
Summary of the Scorch Trials
In the story the Scorch Trials, Thomas the protagonist, is woken by a telepathic communication with Teresa, the only female in the test, who is afraid. As he wakes up, he finds that the facility is being attacked by people affected with a virus known as the Flare. He and the others discover that their rescuers are dead. They also find that Teresa is gone, and in her place is Aris. Aris explains that he escaped from a similar experiment, "Group B," in which he was the only male. The boys find tattoos on their necks assigning them roles. They find the bodies of their rescuers have disappeared. They A. D. Janson, a worker for WICKED, the organization that created the experiment, who explains that they have been trying to find a cure.
He tells them they have been infected with the Flare and must go through the Scorch, a burned section of land, to find a safe haven and get the cure. They travel to the Scorch through a Flat Trans. They escape into the desert and find a building in which a girl is screaming. Thomas discovers that the screaming is fake and enters the building to find Teresa, who kisses him and tells him that he needs to stay away from her. Thomas begins to remember the relationship he had with Teresa he was in the Maze. They find a city, but encounter a storm that kills several boys. They take refuge in a building where they find a Cranks led by a man named Jorge. Thomas convinces Jorge and a teenage girl named Brenda, his second-in-command, to help the Gladers escape in exchange for some of the cure. Thomas and Brenda get separated from the rest of the group, and Thomas discovers a message written all over the city that says that he is the real leader.
Thomas and Brenda are then suddenly captured by Cranks who drug them, but before they pass out, Brenda tries to kiss him. He refuses her because of Teresa. Minho rescues them with the help of the other Gladers, but Thomas is shot in the shoulder with a rusty bullet that leads to an infection. WICKED captures Thomas to heal his wounds. A healed Thomas is later returned to the Gladers, where he explains that WICKED never wanted him to get shot. Thomas later receives a telepathic message from Teresa warning him that something terrible is about to happen and that she won't be able to help him.
The Gladers come across Group B, now led by Teresa. Group B takes Thomas prisoner, and Teresa says that she plans on killing him. Some of the other girls tell Thomas that Teresa had never liked him and their earlier kiss had been against her will. Later, Teresa comes to Thomas with Aris. Teresa and Aris kiss, and she explains that she has been manipulating Thomas all along. They lock Thomas in a room where he passes out. While passed out, he remembers some of his past relationship with Teresa and Aris before he entered the Maze. Eventually, Thomas is rescued by Aris and Teresa, who explain that they were forced by WICKED to make Thomas feel totally betrayed, and that if they hadn't complied, WICKED would've killed Thomas. Thomas is conflicted, but no longer trusts them.
Both groups make it to the location where the safe haven is supposed to be, but they are attacked by monsters created by WICKED. A WICKED vehicle arrives and they fight their way on board, but WICKED will allow only one, either Jorge or Brenda, to come with them. Thomas chooses Brenda, hoping that WICKED would take whomever he didn't choose. When they don't, he improvises by overpowering the guard, forcing him at gunpoint to allow both of them to stay. The guard agrees, telling them that this had been yet another test. Later, as they rest, Brenda telepathically tells Thomas that she had been working for WICKED. Thomas is now isolated from his friends in a plain, white room and has been left in for a long period of time. Teresa also telepathically communicates with him, telling him that the others are being told that he has succumbed to the Flare. Thomas tells Teresa to leave him alone, and she reminds him that "WICKED is good" before cutting off communication.
Protagonist and Antaigonist
The antagonist of the story is an organization known as WICKED. WICKED is portrayed as a very harsh, lying organization. To begin with, WICKED trapped tons of kids in a maze to be killed, hurt, or to stay there until they had gone mad. Another reason was that, WICKED had said that this was for their own good and that they were safe. We all know that they were not safe. Later, WICKED lets loose terrible monsters that are worst than Grievers, monsters that roamed the maze at night, and tried to kill them. Finally, WICKED forces Thomas to choose one of the "Cranks" that are his companions. All these examples show that WICKED is a harsh, lying organization.