independent reading project
The Scorch trials by James Dashner
Run, run far away!
The world had been plagued by disease and scorches that had killed off most of humanity. The remaining countries united together and formed an organization called WICKED that was the controlling power of what remained of the world. Thomas belonged to a group called the Gladers. WICKED had trapped the Gladers in a maze for the last couple of years. There was also a second group, group B, that had been held captive by WICKED in another maze. The Gladers had escaped the day before and had been brought to a dormitory by their rescuers. Thomas woke from a deep sleep. Sharp screams pierced his ears. He noticed that the other Gladers were crowding around the windows to see what the ruckus was. Thomas jumped up and joined them at the windows and was dumbfounded by what he saw. Past the broken windows there was a man screaming, "kill me, kill me I'm a Crank". He had bloodshot eyes, that had a wild look to them. His body was covered in sores. He kept repeating, "kill me, kill me I'm a Crank.
The Gladers went to enter the common area of the dormitory but the doors were locked. They used a fire extinguisher to brake the lock and entered the common area to see the dead bodies of their rescuers hanging from the ceiling. Thomas also noticed that Teresa,the only girl member of the group, was missing. They began to explore the building and realized that all the doors to the outside were chained shut. They were trapped. They had running water but no food. A couple of days later a pile of food and an old man appeared. The old man was behind a force field. He told them that WICKED had infected all of them with the Cranks disease and that they planned to transport them to the dessert. They would then travel 100 miles to a safe haven where they would recieve the cure.
Thomas is coming with us.
Ok, I will go.
After going through Flat trans (a teleportation device) they found themselves in a dark tunnel. They traveled several miles where they found an entrance to the dessert. They new this is where their journey began. They traveled until they found a shack. Thomas went to check it out and saw Teresa standing outside. Thomas went to talk to her but something was wrong. He knew she was being controlled by WICKED as others from the group had before. She was able to break free from the mind control long enough to warn Thomas to leave. It was hard for him to leave his best friend but he knew he had no choice so he ran from her.
Suddenly the sky turned dark and erupted with lightning. The Gladers knew they needed to find shelter so they ran to a nearby town. Seven members of the group were killed by lightning. After the storm cleared up the Gladers realized that the building they were taking shelter in was full of Cranks. The Cranks wanted to kill Thomas's group. Thomas convinced Jorge, the leader of the Cranks, that he should come with them to get the cure. He agreed and decided to take another Crank named Brenda. They were off again.
The Gladers were at the base of the mountain when group B appeared out of nowhere. They outnumbered the Gladers by almost double. Teresa led the group and demanded that Thomas go with them. Thomas reluctantly agreed. They led him up the mountain to their camp. They said that WICKED had ordered them to kill him. Teresa went for a walk. While she was gone Thomas convinced the other girls to spare his life. When Teresa returned they told her the news. She was furious and stormed off. The rest of the group headed down the mountain with Thomas in the back. Teresa and a Glader named Aris stopped Thomas and demanded that he go with them. He had no choice because they had weapons. They led him into a chamber with holes in the wall. They shut the door and fog came out of the holes. He fell asleep. When he woke up the door opened and Teresa appeared. She told him she had to lock him in there or WICKED would kill him. He forgave Teresa and Aris. They only had five hours left to make it to the safe haven so they started down the mountain.
After hours of walking and running, the groups all met at a sign. On the sign two words were printed. Safe Haven. A few minuted later coffin like boxes appeared. Out of the boxes came monsters. They had no face and wrinkled skin. On their joints they had lights that were about the size of light bulbs. Orange light projected from the joints. The creatures had blades coming out of their fingers and toes. The groups started battling. The Gladers quickly realized the lights were their power sources and were able to defeat them. After they defeated the monsters an aircraft appeared. The Gladers boarded it and were met by men carrying guns. They said they were going to the safe haven.
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