This book gets sadistic A LOT!!!
I loved the first novel in this series, but the second has left a bitter taste in my mouth, and I was unable to finish reading it. The story continues as the kids are further tortured and forced into deadly games by the sadistic scientists. Among the trials they will encounter are moulton metal balls that burn themselves onto the face, and then burn through the neck to remove a childs head. The smell of blood is described, as is the process of the blood pooling out over a characters hands. Another child is struck by artificial lightning that burns the cloths from his body, makes his eyeballs explode, and causes his leg to disintegrate. The blood gushing from the leg wound is vividly described.
Then there are monsters that are basically zombies, complete with bloody wounds, rotted limbs, and psychotic tendencies, and cannibalism is included in this. One group of these has hand their noses ripped off, and the fleshy wounds are described vividly.
At times it felt like I was reading a Saw novel, which is not something most parents would encourage for their child.
The characters themselves have now become flat and under developed and the writing has taken a turn towards the childish. It honestly comes across like Dashner is more concerned with creating more and more sadistic scenarios than he is in developing the core story of survival.
Sex is not a problem, but is occasionally hinted at, and the language is still there thinly disguised by the kids own language.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness