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The Scorch Trials Chapter 14

By James Dashner

Chapter 14

  • Once in the Flat Trans, everyone counts off—all 20 kids are there.
  • It's pitch black in the Flat Trans.
  • The kids decide to travel through the Flat Trans by putting their hands on the walls to guide themselves and walking forward. Boy, this sounds tough.
  • Then a burst of weird whispering fills the air, and everyone's all like, Well that's spooky.
  • Then the kids hear the whispering again. Winston points out that somewhere in the middle, the whispering said, "Go back."
  • The boys all shut up for once, and they all hear it clearly: "One-chance deal. Go back now, you won't be sliced" (14.36).
  • Huh, sounds promising.
  • The kids all think about whether they should go back or not, but they remember that they can't trust anyone or anything, so they keep moving.
  • The voice whispers again, saying they're all going to be sliced, but the boys keep moving in silence.
  • After a mile or so, Thomas hears a boy shrieking ahead of him. Like, bloody-murder shrieking. Which makes sense: when Thomas gets to him, the boy is convulsing uncontrollably. Oh, and he has no head.
  • Yep, instead he has a cold metal ball for a head.
  • How's that for a surprise?