The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials

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Doomsday. Armageddon. 2012. The end of the world or the apocalypse is known by its many names and has become an extremely viral subject for this generation. But, imagine living in a world not playfully joking around about the apocalypse, but strategically trying to survive it. This is the harsh reality for Thomas, a teenager living in a virus polluted and self-destructing planet. A deadly disease has broken out called “the flare” which causes the most sane and rational people to become raging and hysterical flesh eaters. Not only has the virus taken the lives of millions, but the extreme climates have also killed the few remaining. In the novels The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, Thomas and his friends will have to fight to survive a…show more content…
Fortunately, each exit is either locked or blocked off by ravenous cannibals struggling to get in. When anyone is in a situation where their life is at stake, they are willing to do anything, even if that means they have to kill. Each character within the novel knows they must escape and survive by any means even if that means they have to go against their ethics to do so. Thomas and his fellow friends, who were once everyday teenagers, are now the “lucky few” who were chosen by scientists to help determine a cure for “The Flare”, a degenerative brain disease. Therefore, accepting their circumstances and not wanting to fail, the young boys set out knowing there only challenge is to survive The Scorch Trials. This particular challenge is to somehow manage to get across a giant quarantined “flare” city to The Crisis Department Centre over 300 miles away, within a span of three weeks. Thomas, the main protagonist convinces the young men in his group to work together instead of against each other to escape the building: The Creators did this to us! They want us to die; we have to show them that we won’t! One day we’ll become those things and I know that none of you want that…there’s safety in numbers and they told us there would be a temporary antidote at the end of this, and frankly I think we should move forward. We have no choice, if there is an antidote we win and then we fight, and if there isn’t then we’ll kill them. (Dashner, 20).
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