The Scorch Trials (maze Runner, Book Two) by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials (maze Runner, Book Two) by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (maze Runner, Book Two)

byJames Dashner

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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Book two in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don’t miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!
   Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
   The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
   There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
   Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure are all now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Also look for James Dashner’s edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series!

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the FliesThe Hunger Games, and Lost.” —
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.” Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”
“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly
Heart pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews
Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times
“James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News
James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but no...
Title:The Scorch Trials (maze Runner, Book Two)Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.86 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385738765

ISBN - 13:9780385738767

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERB!! This book definitely does justice for the continuation of Thomas' journey! I loved the story line in this one!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel - continues the adventure that draws you into the first book! I really liked how the story and the background developed in this book. Though the maze was a huge aspect of the first book, readers find out there's so much in the world outside of it, with secrets and high stakes that add to the action and adventure.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! Events really went haywire here, but I loved it! There were some characters that didn't get as much character development
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The sequel to the book Maze Runner shows the world outside the maze and how much it was different than what they expected it to be. Reading this book you start to feel more connected to the charcters as the action picks up. After reading Scorch Trials it left me wanting to know what will happen next.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad definable readable and at parts enjoyable. The first one was better. I think it depends on age and interests a bit. If you are a young reader, I think you could REALY enjoy this series.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this was a great book I wanna read the last one as well!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay read Didn't find this as good as the first book, but it was still a good quick easy read. Looking forward to number 3 hopefully the series will redeem itself a bit for me.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trials .. A great sequel, great to know more about the world outside of the maze
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved how the story progressed in this second book of the story.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trials . A great sequel, the action is really picking it up. I do not like Theresa.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacking There were about 100 pages that could have been omitted because they didn't serve a purpose. A love triangle was introduced. A lot of scenes where Thomas collapses, gets kidnapped and cured by WICKED, and then thrown back into the trials to repeat this process.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving This Series Loved the first book and this book did not disappoint. Once I started to read it I could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay! The first one was better! This is one was very boring at times but it was okay. I recommend it if you liked the first book.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was an amazing second book in the maze runner series!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best story line Love that the story keeps going and it's so smart!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first one but still really good Read this right afterthe maze runner as i couldn't put the series down, i really liked the concept and wish they had stuck with it when they made the movie. Also the lightbulb creatures scared the living heck out of me.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK, but still good When bought this book I was super anticipated to read it because of the Maze Runner and how amazing it was. It didn't leave me as excited has the Maze Runner did but it was also still entertaining. Lots of this book was creepy and made me mad a couple times, but I want to find out what happens in the next book (The Death Cure).
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This Book! I bought this book a month ago and when I started to read it I knew it was going to be a book I love. It is the second book in The Maze Runner Series. I have now read the whole series it is such an amazing book and James Dashner is such an amazing writer. When you are reading this book you really connect with the characters and get to know everyone just as if you were there and you get to go through it with them and it such an amazing book and it will leave you guessing what happens in the next book.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it! Creepy and action-packed, and introduces a few new awesome characters. Lots of new plot twists. Good read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! A good follow-up to the Maze Runner. This book was fast-paced, action-packed, mysterious, and damn creepy. I actually loved it. I don't know which one is my favourite book so far. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. There were quite a few plot twists in this one.... On the one hand I kind of like all the mystery and how the author makes us doubt each and everything the protagonist sees or hears. On the other hand that can at times in this particular case make from what seems to be slightly sloppy writing. Still held my interest and made for a good a read but I wouldn't call it a masterpiece. I'd still recommend it to those who read the first book in the series.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not as well-written as the first novel, but still fairly entertaining.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good sequel it's a good continuation of the series, but i was expecting more
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so interesting Loved this book....character development is amazing and definitely a must-read
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series Great series, I liked how there is a lot of plot twists in the novel, really wished the movie stuck to the actual story line of the book. It took me a while to read, I feel like there is a lot of repetitiveness in the novel, which is not a terrible thing I just felt like it was a little overdone. Overall though its a great story lots of adventure and I like how you learn more about the characters.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was a great read! I loved all the new characters that were brought in! #plumreview Cant wait to read the next
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A great series but this one would be my least favourite out of the three. Overall still a great book that I would read over and over.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay This one is good as well, but after this the whole series falls flat.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I liked this novel a lot more than the first one, The Maze Runner, I loved the incorporation of the new characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great One of the best books of the series; not as good as the first but amazing nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book has such a great plot line, it really keeps you interested for quite awhile. I would recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian/fiction books.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome book i loved reading this book. so neat.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this series. great to have this series. love the story from start to end.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just like the first book, with some names changed Since it's a repeat of the first book, you'd think it would be more enjoyable. It's okay.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This one was by far my favourite of the series. The continuing story was so wonderful I couldn’t turn pages fast enough.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!!!! This is my favourite series ever!! The characters are great (especially Newt) and the story is tremendous! I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gr8 Great book i really recommend it to those who like to read books
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved the new addition to the series. It was cool to find out more about the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I lost interest after the second book. The second book dragged on forever at the beginning.... which lost the momentum of the first book
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it its such a great book usually the sequels aren't as good but this was amazing!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps pace with 1st book Enjoyed finding out more about what is going on in this world. Not as exciting as the first book.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid sequel! Not as good as the first book, but still a very interesting read!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great really enjoyed this - great read
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Wasn't a huge fan. The idea behind the series is interesting, but it's not particularly well written even for YA lit and the dystopian thing has been done to death in YA. Just skip it, watch the movie, and spend the rest of your time reading good YA like Jandy Nelson
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I honestly thought I knew what would happen in the end, but was so surprised. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and there were moments where I thought 'there is no way they can get out of this one.' Honestly wasn't a fan of the girls so I was glad they weren't in it much, but overall a great book which I would pick up again.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! I really enjoyed this book, it did not suffer from second book slump! I loved the new characters that were introduced in this and I loved the new setting!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Gets Better Book two really picks up in my opinion. It also gets way scarier tho. But I truly truly loved this book!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie Such a great dystopian novel! Love this book plus the whole series.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Don't get me wrong, I loved the series, but this book just wasn't as good as the others
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Although not as good as the Maze Runner, still an exciting and thrilling story
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good This was an amazing book, it wasn't able to pass The Maze Runner when it comes to how much I liked it but it is still an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too slow This book felt too similar to the first one. The plot moved pretty slow and it felt like nothing really happened
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling book The second book in this series does not disappoint! The ride through the Scorch is another thrilling story and the ending will leave you in suspense.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would Recommend The movie and the book are amazing! A very entertaining story. Kept me on my seat.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another sizzler The writing in the second book is better. The plot continues to be driving and yes, there's another cliff hanger.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting better and better It was addictive. This second novel is best read continuously from the first book, as the storyline followed tightly from one another. In truth, it shouldn't be separated as a second book. The amazing adventure continues with better character development and description. It was richer in taste than it previous counterpart. I love it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The second book is slightly different the n the storyline in the movie but not by much. I love this series super excited for the 3rd movie to come out in theatres so I can compare the 3rd book to the film!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scorch Trials WICKED is a very interesting organization. I continue to like Thomas, not so much a fan of the girls.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this!! I was surprised at how much these books hooked me in and kept me interested the entire time! Every chapter literally ends with a cliff hanger and you just can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing but wanted more of the Maze I think that the writer abandoned the premise of the first book too soon. I loved the Maze Runner and I wanted to see more of the actual Maze
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It The book was SO much better than the movie! The movie was very slow, and had to many twists that the book didn't have. The book also shows more character development than the movie. Therefore the book was so much better! Enjoy reading!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The new plot continues to be interesting and addictive.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this series so much! The second book is equally as good and I just loved it so much... it's definitely a must-read!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a decent follow-up A solid sequel, but didn't capture the magic of the first
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Actually Liked It! World Building: ok /Characters: meh /Romance: not really /Pace: good /Feels: a bit /Able to put down: no! /Worth the read: I guess...
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, not great Just not as good as the first book. It's still a decent read if there isn't much else around, but it is not the same quality of story as the first book. It's a bit disjointed and confusing at times.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first Still exciting but not in love with the direction it's going
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series Loved the ending of this book, always kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to read more to see what comes next!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I really liked this second book! I think it was better than the first one.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was a great sequel to a great book.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great sequel The book was another great dystopian lit but the movie was horrible, don't bother watching just read the books, they are 100 times better
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequel! Usually followup books are not that great, especially when the first book in the series was a great read. But I was very surprised at how James Dashner managed to still keep you very interested every step of the way in the Scorch Trials. I had a hard time putting it down - definitely keep reading if you liked the maze runner!
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright. I had a really hard time trying to read this. In the end I did not finish it.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lack of Action and Plot Scorch Trials was not as good as the first book by a long stretch. It lacked a lot of the things that made the Maze Runner so interesting, the characters aren't as easy to connect to, and despite the setting change to a place that should warrant more action, there is hardly any action to speak of. It also focused on more background information, which wasn't really integrated properly and made this one a bit harder to read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scorch Trials I loved the first book, the second wasn't my favorite. I found it didn't pull me in as much as the first. I was disappointed by the lack of action but still a good book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the series This is a great series, but this book was the hardest to get through.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trials A great continuation to the series. Love the twists and turns of the book.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read You won't regret reading the book
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Really good book! Not as good as the first, but still very captivating and hard to put down. Definitely my favourite series of books so far.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book A great follow up to the first book. Another trial and even more to draw readers in.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gets better gets better with each book
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent second book I started the series with high hopes, but found this second book a little more tedious. Maze Runner had set the bar high, but this book provides more details and background compared to the first book. If reading this series, probably best to get all four books to get through the series faster.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Filler This is a filler, in my opinion. New characters are introduced, some well-loved characters vanish for most of the book. I just wanted to know what was going on, and this book didn't help my curiosity whatsoever. If anything, I just had more questions. Nonetheless, it was a good read.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting! Very different from The Maze Runner, but still great. Some parts throughout the book were a little bland and dull, unlike some other parts of the book that were really gripping.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Different From the First Yet Still Connected Amazingly It's either a hit or miss with sequels, and The Scorch Trials definitely hit the target! It connected well to the first book yet had its own individuality to it. The plot was so amazingly thought out to the very end and built up on top of it as it progressed. There were so many plot twists that I wasn't expecting which made me angry, confused, and excited all at the same time! I can't wait to read how they continue the story in the third book.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really liked the plot twists throughout the story especially with the crank with no nose. I like the way the author describes the characters and settings especially since its a fast moving story its nice to be able to read it in detail.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! ** spoiler alert ** Very good! I remember all the nights I stayed up until 2 0r 3 reading which wasn't smart because it's creepy and the images sit with you. I'm disappointed the movie didn't follow the book very closely but I loved how the mystery deepened and the stakes for each of the characters got higher.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing like the first Reading the maze runner you could not have predicted what would come to happen in the scorch trials, it's like waking up in the maze again, needing to learn everything about this new world- whilst still not understanding the last. I liked it though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as the first one I found this book as interesting as the first one, there were many plot twists and character developments that surprised me. I found it hard to put the book down, again, it was action packed and kept you intrigued. James Dashner hasn't failed to impress me!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright... I give credit to it because it's still decent despite being a sequel but still didn't entertain me as much as the Maze Runner.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as The Maze Runner The bloom was a bit off the rose for me in this book, but overall it held up well against The Maze Runner and is a solid continuation of this series. It's worth the read to see where everything is headed.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trails I am doing a reread of this as my son and I started a little book club between the two of us. He loved the first one and cannot wait to read this one. I cannot wait for the reread as the story was fast paced and exciting.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was okay. Just like a lot of people said, it was not as good as the first one but it was still okay.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but the first was better I found this book was good and a fun read but not nearly as good as the first, it is not as captivating and the plot got a little lost but it was still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Not as enthralling as the first. Not liking the characters as much.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but .. I didn't enjoyed this as much as the first book but I will continue the series
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Just as good as the first one!!!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best It was a good book but I feel like the characters were completely different people than the first book. After reading the first book my expectations for this one was very high. I overestimated this book in the beginning. I read the book before the movie and the movie made it seems more like a zombie movie.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of a thriller I feel like the reader is kept in the dark for a lot of this book, and the curiosity of what happens in the end is what drove me to keep turning the page. This book is a lot more zombie-apocalypse-esque than the Maze Runner, so read it if you don't mind gruesome descriptions.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Shook! Really liked the character development and there is that shocker at the end which seriously caught me off guard. Overall amazing sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I am in love with his books. Very good read all of them.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I feel like it followed the first book really well. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great second book to the series, still loved the mystery aspect about it making me question everything that is going on around the characters.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Exhilarating Read ...while it lasted. Plot gets far-fetched and overly thought-out the deeper into the book you get, with seemingly layers upon layers of antagonists to meet.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book in the entire series better than the movie, best book out of the 5
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not bad... for a sequel I am not a huge sequel fan. But this book was ok... not as good as the first but still a good read
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as Maze Runner Probably one of the most disappointing sequels I have read. Besides Thomas passing out and a plot that was boring, it was difficult to get through. I do want to find out what happens so I hope the Death Cure will be better. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Read it a while ago and loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked the story I really like the way the ideas were put together.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I loved this book more then the original! It was a page turner
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Even better then the first book
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was an amazing sequel. So glad I bought it
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was an amazing sequel. So glad I bought it
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Didn't like this one as much as the others, but it is still good to read it so the rest of the books make sense.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good couldn't wait to finish this one to move onto the next one
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better I found this book to be better than the first one!!! The movie was also really good as well.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Read 3 years ago but not the best book out there
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it!! #plumrewards. The book picked up a lot of action and suspense for the series with this book
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from action packed This book was jampacked with action! Brenda is a great addition to the plot
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great way to follow up the first I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first Maze Runner but it was still a pretty good read.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the 1st LOVED THIS!! still tiny flaws here and there
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No rest for the Gladers! The Scorch Trials starts a few hours after the end of The Maze Runner. Thomas and the other survivors of the Maze are resting from the ordeal they just went through. The next morning though, it becomes clear that they are not safe and that their problems are far from over. Teresa is missing, and a new boy, Aris, has taken her place. Then the Gladers are told that they have the Flare, the virus that has decimated the earth’s population, and that they now have to go through Phase 2 of the trials. They have 2 weeks to walk 100 miles North to a safe haven where they will find the cure. What obstacles and dangers will they have to face to get to their destination? Will they be able to make it in time? The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series. While it is not as good as the first installment, it is still a lot of fun to read. The story is fast-paced and entertaining, even though I found that the walk in the desert — the Scorch — was a bit long. The world the Gladers discover outside of the Maze is terrifying, all the more so because it could be real: the sun is so hot it kills, and most of the human race is infected by the Flare. Little by little, Thomas starts to recover his memories, and what he finds out seems to suggest that he was deeply involved in the creation of the Maze and was an active member of WICKED, the organization behind the experiment. The book is really different from the movie though, partly because Thomas and Teresa can communicate telepathically in the novel and not in the film. But there are other changes too that I won’t get into because I don’t want to spoil the story. Therefore, readers might be disappointed by the adaptation. The movie will be out on DVD on December 15, 2015. So you will be able to judge for yourself. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is by far one of the most breath taking books I have ever read! I have to admit though, it took a while in the beginning to actually get me crazy about it, but once I got past to where *SPOILER* Rat Man/Janson tells them that they're going to be going to the scorch. it's actually not that far in the book, well I mean it is in the beginnning but it felt like a while, but anyways after that point... I WAS HOOKED! It kept me on the edge of my seat 24/7! This book is such a page turner! It kept you wondering what was gonna happen to Thomas..Teresa...Minho..Newt...EVERYONE! I strongly recommend The Scorch Trials. Its probably one of my most favourite books!
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I fell in love with the first book and this one made me fall deeper in love with the series. New favourite author!
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is brings it all if your waiting for a suspensefil thriller wait no more I can not wait to read the next one
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fell Kind of Short While I loved The Maze Runner, I found that The Scorch Trials fell short for me in terms of plot line. I wasn't a fan of the new girl because I could tell she was added just to be a love interest for Thomas. I also don't understand why Dashner would build up this relationship between Teresa and Thomas and then use it against them in this novel. As soon as we met the all girl group, all I could think was "man I would have much rather learned about them in the first novel". There were a lot more plot twists and turns in this one and it started off right into the action which made it a much more enjoyable read than The Maze Runner. However, I was still disappointed with it. It seemed to me that The Maze Runner was written as a standalone and then the other plot points were written as Dashner was writing the book. I just felt like I wasn't sure where the story could go after The Maze Runner and then we got even more questions (rather than answers) in The Scorch Trials that seemed to come out of the blue. Thomas is still Thomas and Teresa took a bad spin there but I still love her dearly. I think it is difficult with this series because Thomas isn't the most likeable character. I would have been happier if Thomas wasn't so infurirating and/or Teresa wasn't made to be this huge bitch in this one. #justsayin Overall: 3/5 stars for this one.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trials The scorch trails was an amazing follow up to the maze runner. However, the maze runner had more mystery and surprises. In my opinion, the maze runner was a better book than the scorch trials.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I thought it was great! very fast read, couldn't put it down. The second I finished it I bought the next one :)
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I thought it was great, I'd recommend the series for sure..,dfjfjfjfjfjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjfjfjdjfjdjdjdjdmdndjdnmm
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic book I thik it was cool how there was two grops and they put aris in the room and tresa did not know who tomas was. This book was awesome
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! "An action -packed novel with an intense storyline and unexpected plot twists. The Scorch Trials is an amazing touch to the Maze Runner series. A beautiful thing, really.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scorch trials is amazing!¡!¡!¡! This book is just as great as the first one! It always keeps me guessing. James Dashner is blessed! please read this book
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No idea what will happen next Got to be the most unexpected book ever. Way better than the first book.i encourage you to give it a try.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this was amazing book!!! the scorch trials was an amazing book. It was so well written and funny it felt like you were part of the book. i would highly recommend reading this book :)
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as incredible as the first Even though it ends in a confusing place it was still an amazing read. Can't wait to see the movie for this one!
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trials This book was just as good as the 1st one. It showed more emotion in Thomas, regret, jelesey and of course he must be confused.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good It was suspensful a thrilling novel. The book is interesting in any ways. The cranks are so well described.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This book was good, better than the 3rd and the 4th (prequel)
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The scorch trials Action packed. Didn't want to put it down. On to #3!! Cleverly written. James has a great imagination. I felt like the characters, not sure what to believe and thinking it was safe when it was far from it. Can't wait to find out what is REALLY going on, a lifting of the VEIL so to speak.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scorch Trials Lots of cliffhangers, it just makes you want to keep reading. LOTS OF MYSTERIES!! I read for 1 full day straight!
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic sequel Epic sequel. And do u know what the characters learn in this book?never trust a guy from WICKED who sais its really isn't.
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This series is the best books i've ever read and the scorch trials was way better than i thought it was a greatly written book
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not nearly as good as the first. Not nearly as good as the first. Very different. Could have done much greater things then what happened.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So great The setting that The Scorch Trials take place in sounds like one wasteland. I wouldn’t be able to guess as to why the Safe Haven is there in the first place, but it works and I enjoyed Group A and the cast of characters on their way to the Safe Haven. What I liked was Group B being a group of girls who were just as bad-ass as the guys. Wow! If I had an imagination like James Dashner, I’d be a writer as well! This book has mystery written all over it. (pun intended) I could not guess as to why WICKED planned anything! Usually I’m great at solving mysteries, but this one was quite hard to solve. There’s enough questions in here to litter a mailbox. The most simple question being: Why are WICKED making these children part of an experiment? What does this have to do with The Flare? Is there a real cure? I’m so confuzzled! I’m so glad I have the third book so I can read it right away! James Dashner, you sure know how to captivate your audience!
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scorch trials It was a very good book and full of suspense and action. It dragged on a little bit but otherwise I enjoyed it. Recommended for those who love action, mystery, suspense and romance.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book I lost interest part way through.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing So good, couldn't stop
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I really loved the scorch trials!! Great book! Would highly recommend! I found that the Gladers became more tight-knit in this book and there was more character development. My sister read this series and she said Minho was her favourite. In the first book I wasn't particularly attached to Minho, but absolutely was in the second book! I found I got to know the characters much better in this book!
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda Boring and a little disappointing Ummm, The scorch trials was ok. I liked it but it was kind of boring and I thought it wasn't as good as the first one. Though, in some parts I really did like it. The characters were ok, the new ones could have been described better. I thought the ending was also really confusing and it wasn't all the exciting. : /
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat dissapointing *spoilers* The Scorch Trails was a good book, but nothing like The Maze Runner. Maybe it was because i had high expectaions because the first book was amazing, or maybe it was because it was a bad time to read it, but whatever the reason, this book just didn't really do anything for me. I really liked the plot and most of the events that occured in this book. I really enjoied the romantic aspect of this book, like the fact that the Brenda character came into the story, but i hated the fact that Aris and Teresa had a past. I thought that Teresa and Thomas were the two characters that had a past, and will end up together, but after reading this book, i am not sure what will happen in The Death Cure. I felt that i could connect with some of the secondary male characters more in this book then in the first one, but there were parts in ths book where i had to stop and re-read a chapter of paragraph. This did happn in the first book, but definitly not as often as it did in this one. The Scorch Trails was hard to follow and can be confusing at times, which is the main reson i rated this book 3 stars. I would definitly reccomend The Scorch Trails to anyone that read The Maze Runner, but i wouldn't start reading this book with high expectations.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scorch Trails Great continuation of the Maze Runner! Keeps you interested and on edge the entire time. Can't wait to see how the series ends!
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! Like the Maze Runner, the Scorch Trials was stunning and well-written. This novel revealed what it's like to be an experient, how deaths, to the "observers", don't matter in it. Now we know how lab rats feel. One part of the ending was slightly predictable, because it had already mentioned in the beginning what role Teresa was supposed to play. It was a test. But I loved how everything was suspenseful; it kept me on end. Thomas and the Gladers could trust no one, and anyone could die at anytime. If someone was at the wrong place at the wrong time, it could cost a life. However, near the end, things started getting ridiculous. Throughout the novel, it turned into this sci-fi zombie thing, which was not what I was looking for when I started this series. It really creeped me out, more than the first book. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book. I literally could NOT put it down-- I took just about a day to finish the entire thing, which is faster than I read the Maze Runner. I'm really connecting to the characters, and I was really into it when crazy things happened in the novel. I had NO IDEA what to expect, and when I did predict something, it turned out to be all wrong. I've got to say, this is one of my favourite sets of books-- along with the Hunger Games trilogy and the Uglies series. I am seriously looking forward to reading the next book, the Death Cure!
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of The Scorch Trials by James Dashner This book (book 2 in The Maze Runner trilogy) picks up right where The Maze Runner left off. As mentioned in my review of The Maze Runner, James Dashner is an amazing writer, and his writing remains up to snuff in this second installment. Once again the book opens with an intense and intriguing opening that immediately pulls the reader right into the story, but this time we are shoved into a room cramped with the surviving gladers, but we already know things are going to be bad. "She spoke to him before the world fell apart." I felt the pacing was a bit off with this novel. I was often left wondering what was really going on, why they were where they were, and what everything meant. It felt a little slapped together to be honest. It wasn't nearly as scary and creepy as The Maze Runner, and the whole back and forth thing with Theresa was just plain annoying. Thomas felt completely detached from the rest of the group, which I am sure was part of the point, but it just seemed like all those relationships that were built up in The Maze Runner didn't matter at all and were a waste of space. I hope things come together better in The Death Cure. Another thing that really annoyed me was the whole thing where Thomas would meet someone new, debate whether he should basically tell them his whole life story, then decide he either can trust them or has no other choice, and then those characters have no real main part in the book. Again it just feels like filler...and annoying filler at that... I guess it just felt like overall there wasn't enough surprises to keep my interest, especially since I knew there would be one more book. I find most trilogies tend to slack in the second book...almost as if there really should have been only two books in the first place. The chapters were kept short, yet involved, which keeps the readers interested and coming back for more. So that's a plus. There were also a few new characters added that made the story interesting, and hopefully continue to do so into The Death Cure. The writing was fantastic as was to be expected, just felt jumpy and unnecessary at times. Overall it was still a very enjoyable read, despite my complaints. It was interesting to see what happened to all the surviving gladers after they thought they were finally safe from the maze. I recommend this book to anyone who loved the first one, and plans on finishing the series off with The Death Cure.
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are You Ready For... The Scorch Trials? In anticipation for The Death Cure, I thought I would finally share my thoughts on The Scorch Trials! Unlike with The Maze Runner, as soon as The Scorch Trials was released, I just had to get my hands on a copy of the novel right away to learn what would happen next to Thomas and his friends! Once again, James Dashner delivers another wild adventure filled with shocking surprises which will leave you gasping and eager to flip to the next page. Just when you thought the Gladers were finally safe after escaping from the Maze, complete chaos resumes... and the Gladers will have to complete the dangerous Scorch Trials if they wish to receive a cure to the Flare. And just like with The Maze Runner, not everyone is going to make it... If you thought The Maze Runner was more on the slow side, I have a feeling you won't be able to say the same for this one because once the action begins, it really doesn't pause to take a breather. As more of Thomas' memories begin to surface, he begins to have doubts about himself, and how he and Teresa are connected to WICKED. Actually, James Dashner adds so many new twists in the novel that as a reader, I was beginning to doubt myself! It's not exactly crossing into being confusing territory, but there's definitely a suspenseful edge to The Scorch Trials that leaves you desperate to try and learn the truth. Everyone is a possible suspect... and it's not exactly an easy feat for Thomas to sift through all the lies to learn who can be trusted. The ending of The Scorch Trials leaves off on a cliffhanger note... and it was definitely one which left me dearly wishing the final novel was already out. And you would think that with the sequel, you would get some more answers... but nope, if anything, I have even more questions to be solved! I can't wait to see how James Dashner will finish the trilogy when The Death Cure is released! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Sequel This is quite a book, so full of action and crazy horrible situations that it doesn't let you relax for a second. I kept thinking that Dashner has created a diabolical dystopian Lord of the Flies scenario, filled with tension and mystery as well as brutal situations of survival. The Scorch Trials takes place immediately where The Maze Runner left off. It is full of excitement and the horror of the boys battling the elements, trying to save their friends, fighting thirst and starvation, and fighting the Cranks. The Cranks turn out to be fairly intelligent, zombie like beings and definitely add to the element of terror. Then there are killer thunder and lightening storms, scorching heat, and the constant threat of starvation. Dashner does a great job of building a chaotic, brutal and dying world in this book. The characters are confused and in the dark about what is going on, and the readers are only slightly more knowledgeable. It is so difficult to imagine in what kind of world creating a scenario where kids are killed off by monsters in order to collect data is a good idea. Even with more knowledge than the characters, as a reader I felt their betrayal, fear and frustration. I think this book will really appeal to teens who like thriller and horror books, as well as books of survival. Some of the scenes are quite vivid and gruesome. The third in this trilogy, The Death Cure, is due out October 11 of this year. I can hardly wait to get my hands on it!
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense 2nd book in Dystopian Trilogy The Good Stuff * Spectacular second book in a trilogy -- we all know that is a rarity - honestly I think it was better than the The Maze Runner * Non stop action with plenty of twists and turns * Will appeal to both male and female readers * Dystopian novel with hints of the Outsiders, The Running Man, Death Race and even a bit of Lost, Serenity (you will think of the Reavers trust me) and The Stand * Could not put it down, I actually counted down till nap time today so I could put my toddler to bed and read the last 80 pages. Stayed up last night to midnight to read, my eyes were drooping but I still wanted to read more * Realistic characters who develop nicely * Nice moral questions put in, would be great for a High School literature course & far less dull than The Lord of the Flies * The writing is so vivid and spectacular you feel like you are one of the characters * Just go buy The Maze Runner and the Scorch Trials if you wanted to become immersed in a fantastic tale that you just can't stop yourself from reading * Now off to hunt someone down who has a copy of The Death Cure -- I'm still totally buying my own copy for my bookshelf (its shelf worthy - hey I got limited space I gotta be selective) but I NEED to read it now * Some nice humour in this one, which was a little lacking in The Maze Runner The Not so Good Stuff * Darn wish I had got an arc of The Death Cure so I could find out what happens. Ah well I guess I can practice patience and wait till Oct 11th when it comes out Favorite Quotes/Passages "Yeah , right," Minho said. "And Frypan's gonna start having little babies, Winston'll get rid of his monster acne, and Thomas here'll actually smile for once." Thomas turned to Minho and exaggerated a fake smile. "Ther, you happy?" "Dude," he responded. "You are one ugly shank." "With thoughts of revenge actually comforting him in a sick and twisted way, he finally fell asleep." "Sometimes I wonder." Thomas murmured. "Wonder what?" "If being alive matters. If being dead might be a lot easier." "Please. I don't believe for one second you really think that." Thomas's gaze had lowered while he'd delivered the depressing sentiment and he looked up sharply at Newt's retort. The he smiled, and it felt good. "You're right. Just trying to sound as miserable as you." Who should/shouldn't read * Fans of dystopian literature will be hooked * Would recommend reading The Maze Runner before you read this, otherwise you might be totally lost * Fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and Stephen King's The Running Man will enjoy * Not for the squeamish or sensitive - it be intense 4.75 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review - darn you couldn't you have sent me the next book too -- ah wait a second, I get it -- this intrigues me enough for me to go BUY my own copy -- good one LOL!
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Just like The Maze Runner, this book is very, very special. I loved it from beginning to end. It was very gripping and I never wanted to put my Kobo down. It was that good. I can't wait until The Death Cure gets released so we can finally (maybe?) have a clue of what is going on. I won't get into details not to spoil anyone or to reveal details but... nothing truly is as it seems. That's what I love about these books.
Date published: 2011-09-14

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CHAPTER 1She spoke to him before the world fell apart.Hey, are you still asleep?Thomas shifted in his bed, felt a darkness around him like air turned solid, pressing in. At first he panicked; his eyes snapped open as he imagined himself back in the Box--that horrible cube of cold metal that had delivered him to the Glade and the Maze. But there was a faint light, and lumps of dim shadow gradually emerged throughout the huge room. Bunk beds. Dressers. The soft breaths and gurgly snores of boys deep in slumber.Relief filled him. He was safe now, rescued and delivered to this dormitory. No more worries. No more Grievers. No more death.Tom?A voice in his head. A girl's. Not audible, not visible. But he heard it all the same, though never could he have explained to anyone how it worked.Exhaling a deep breath, he relaxed into his pillow, his razor-edged nerves settling down from that fleeting moment of terror. He spoke back, forming the words with his thoughts.Teresa? What time is it?No idea, she replied. But I can't sleep. I probably dozed for an hour or so. Maybe more. I was hoping you were awake to keep me company.Thomas tried not to smile. Even though she wouldn't be able to see it, it would be embarrassing all the same. Didn't give me much choice in the matter, did you? Kind of hard to sleep when someone's talking directly into your skull.Waa, waa. Go back to bed, then.No. I'm good. He stared at the bottom of the bunk above him--featureless and darkly fuzzy in the shadow--where Minho was currently breathing like a guy with ungodly amounts of phlegm lodged in his throat. What've you been thinking about?What do you think? Somehow she projected a jab of cynicism into the words. I keep seeing Grievers. Their disgusting skin and blubber bodies, all those metal arms and spikes. It was way too close for comfort, Tom. How're we gonna get something like that out of our heads?Thomas knew what he thought. Those images would never leave--the Gladers would be haunted by the horrible things that had happened in the Maze for the rest of their lives. He figured that most if not all of them would have major psychological problems. Maybe even go completely nutso.And above it all, he had one image burned into his memories as strongly as a branded mark from a searing hot iron. His friend Chuck, stabbed in the chest, bleeding, dying as Thomas held him.Thomas knew he would never forget that. But what he said to Teresa was: It'll go away. Just takes a little time, that's all.You're so full of it, she said.I know. How ridiculous was it that he loved hearing her say something like that to him? That her sarcasm meant things were going to be okay? You're an idiot, he told himself, then hoped she didn't hear that thought.I hate that they separated me from you guys, she said.Thomas understood why they had, though. She was the only girl and the rest of the Gladers were teenage boys--a bunch of shanks they didn't trust yet. Guess they were protecting you.Yeah. I guess. Melancholy seeped into his brain with her words, stuck to them like syrup. But it sucks being alone after everything we went through.Where'd they take you, anyway? She sounded so sad that he almost wanted to get up and look for her, but he knew better.Just on the other side of that big common room where we ate last night. It's a small room with a few bunks. I'm pretty sure they locked the door when they left.See, told ya they wanted to protect you. Then he quickly added, Not that you need protecting. I'd put my money on you against at least half these shanks.Only half?Okay, three-quarters. Including me.A long stretch of silence followed, though somehow Thomas could still sense her presence. He felt her. It was almost like how, even though he couldn't see Minho, he knew his friend lay only a few feet above him. And it wasn't just the snoring. When someone is close by, you just know it.Despite all the memories of the last few weeks, Thomas was surprisingly calm, and soon sleep overpowered him once more. Darkness settled on his world, but she was there, next to him in so many ways. Almost . . . touching.He had no concept of time passing while in that state. Half asleep, half enjoying her presence and the thought that they'd been rescued from that horrible place. That they were safe, that he and Teresa could get to know each other all over again. That life could be good.Blissful sleep. Hazy darkness. Warmth. A physical glow. Almost floating.The world seemed to fade away. All became numb and sweet. And the darkness, somehow comforting. He slipped into a dream.He's very young. Four, maybe? Five? Lying in a bed with blankets pulled to his chin.A woman sits next to him, her hands folded in her lap. She has long brown hair, a face just beginning to show signs of age. Her eyes are sad. He knows this even though she's trying very hard to hide it with a smile.He wants to say something, ask her a question. But he can't. He's not really here. Just witnessing it all from a place he doesn't quite understand. She begins to talk, a sound so simultaneously sweet and angry it disturbs him."I don't know why they chose you, but I do know this. You're special somehow. Never forget that. And never forget how much"--her voice cracks and tears run down her face--"never forget how much I love you."The boy replies, but it's not really Thomas speaking. Even though it is him. None of it makes sense. "Are you gonna be crazy like all those people on TV, Mommy? Like . . . Daddy?"The woman reaches out and runs her fingers through his hair. Woman? No, he can't call her that. This is his mother. His . . . mommy."Don't you worry about that, honey," she says. "You won't be here to see it."Her smile has gone away.Too fast the dream faded into blackness, leaving Thomas in a void with nothing but his thoughts. Had he seen another memory crawl up from the depths of his amnesia? Had he really seen his mom? There'd been something about his dad being crazy. The ache inside Thomas was deep and gnawing, and he tried to sink further into oblivion.Later--how much later he had no idea--Teresa spoke to him again.Tom, something's wrong.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Maze Runner series: A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick   "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—   “Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday   “[A] nail-biting must-read.”—   “Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly   “Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times   [STAR] “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred "Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News