Study Guide

The Scorch Trials Chapter 1

By James Dashner

Chapter 1

  • Ever wake up to someone talking to you telepathically? No? Well, that's how our hero Thomas wakes up: Teresa is talking to him from another room.
  • Apparently, Teresa's been thinking about Grievers; on the other hand, everyone is probably thinking about The Maze and Grievers and such.
  • Thomas has been thinking about his friend Chuck—the kid who sacrificed himself for our hero's life.
  • Pretty soon, Thomas and Teresa stop their telepathic chitchat, and Thomas dozes off.
  • In Thomas's dream, he's about 4 or 5 years old, and he's in bed. A woman sits next to him and tells him that she doesn't know why they chose him.
  • Our best guess is that Thomas was one of the brightest children around, and "they" are WICKED. But that's just a guess.
  • The woman then tells Thomas that she loves him. Aww.
  • Then Thomas asks if the woman if she's going to crazy like the people on T.V.—like Daddy, specifically.
  • Okay, so the woman is Thomas's mother, and apparently his father went crazy. Got it.
  • But then Teresa rudely interrupts Thomas's dream.