Wow. That was a thrill ride! James Dashner really knows how to ratchet up the tension.
This book was very different from The Maze Runner, much less eerie and creepy mysterious, but what it lacks there, it more than makes up for in tension and action. We learn more about the world outside of the maze, and about the flares and the Flare, and we meet Cranks, which reminded me somewhat of the "zombies" suffering from Rage in 28 Days Later - OK, well, at least those past Gone.
We have some shifting of characters in this one. We lose some and gain others, and others just seem like new characters because of their role in this phase of the story. Minho has a much larger role here, and this makes me happy, because he is awesome. I love his character.
There are twists and turns and crazy plot developments aplenty, and I felt like a ballerina for as much as I was on my toes reading this. This isn't a book one skims - blink and you've missed a shift and the story is now going in a completely unexpected direction.
Fantastic stuff... Is it October yet?