Okay let us talk about a very hot subject The Scorch Trails the second installment of the Maze Runner series written by James Dashner the series is like Divergent and the Hunger Games a dystopian sci-fi where teenagers have to more or less run for their lives. That’s basically how it is in all these book series except in Maze Runner the main character is a boy instead of a girl. I think by now everyone has read or watched anyone of these three series.
Let me get to the point here, which is my slight dislike for the interpretation of the book into a movie. Of course the movie is only BASED on the book but in this case the entire story line changed (in my opinion).
Be careful there are spoilers here!
Both of the movie and book!
In the book Thomas and his friends are at this safe haven and in the middle of the night he and Theresa speak telepathically. In the morning they awake in the “dorm”(that the movie actually got right) and Theresa who slept in a separate dorm is suddenly gone. Although in the movie Thomas finds her and takes her with him and his friends out into the Scorch (the scorch is basically a desert).
In the movie he also finds out they are experimenting with the kids and that’s why he suddenly wants to leave. Btw Aris was in the book a more handsome guy and in the movie he’s a loner. There are various other things which kept me cursing during the entire movie (to myself not out loud of course haha), why do they suddenly have a CAR??? So weird. Like for example in the book there were TWO mazes a boys one and one that was only girls and Aris, although in the movie it seems there are THREE mazes, being two with only guys and one the girls.
WHERE ARE THE TATTOOS?! Each person from both mazes get labeled behind their neck what they are, Thomas has “to be killed by team B” and Theresa has “traitor or betrayal” smth like that. This once again is completely left out of the film.
In the end of the book Theresa betrays Thomas with Aris and the whole book is about WICKED trying to get variables from these kids brains, making them do thing to attain these variables. I thought this story line was completely left out of the movie which made me quite disappointed. The other thing that really bothered me was the Right Arm being in movie whilst in the book series they only appear in the third installment.
Ohhhh almost forgot the thing that made me so extremely angry about the movie, Brenda is supposed to be immune and in the movie she catches the flare and Thomas can save her with his blood, but only for a couple of months then the virus continues to spread. Very strange theory here… But the flare in the book takes longer to spread than the one in the movie that after a couple of hours people are coughing up blood.
I really wonder how they will keep Brenda because (sorry spoiler of book 3 here)
She and Thomas are supposed to be TOGETHER! I hope they still end up together because after reading Scorch Trails I was so disgusted by Theresa that I could never picture her and Thomas being together again.
I hope they don’t ruin the third movie/book adaptation for me.
My overall rating for the book is: 4/5
My rating for the movie after having read the book is: 2/5 due to the story line changes
My rating of the movie if I hadn’t read the book: 4/5
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.