Mini-Reviews: The Scorch Trials + The Death Cure

the-scorch-trialsThe Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 361-Paperback-Owned
Finished: October 15th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • First I have to do a movie comparison. This was WAY better than the movie! Technically it’s completely different, hardly anything was the same. The book delivered while the movie didn’t.
  • There was a lot of action and fighting to survive in this crazy wilderness called the Scorch. It’s pretty intense, especially some of the weather.
  • They’re being tested yet again in this book, but the stakes are higher and the challenges tougher. More people unfortunately die, but we start to figure out a little bit more about WICKED and what’s happening and what happened before this all.
  • This was a really good book and a solid follow-up to The Maze Runner. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.

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the-death-cureThe Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 325-Paperback-Owned
Finished: October 22nd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • We figure out so much about WICKED and everything!! I was so glad for that. I couldn’t read another book after finishing the second one, I had to get right to this because I needed to know what happened. And luckily I wasn’t left hanging.
  • There’s so much that goes on. As always you’re left doubting, like Thomas, who’s telling the truth and what’s really happening. And you get to see some of the outer world like it really is, which I know I’d been wondering about since the first book.
  • This was such a good series, and I can’t wait to read the two companion books! I own one and will be getting the newest soon.

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Release Date/Publisher: August 18th 2015 by Broadway Books
(first published 2011)
Finished: July 17th 2016
Pages: 369-Paperback-Won

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

What I Thought:

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Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

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Title: In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2)
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date/Publisher: September 23rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: August 8th 2014
Pages: 384-eBook ARC-given to review
Series:
1. Not a Drop to Drink
2. In a Handful of Dust

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

What I Thought:

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