We return to Thomas and the gladers as WICKED sends them out into a blistering desert full people called cranks who are infected with the disease that slowly sends them violently insane. They are told if they cross The Scorch and make it to the safe haven then they can receive the Cure. But Teresa has been taken away from Thomas and he can’t reach her in his mind when he tries. When they do see her she acts very strange.
Like its prequel, The Maze Runner, this book is well written and pleasant to read despite the overboard unpleasant things happening to the characters. Very action-y, it almost felt like it was being written to become a movie.