The Scorch Trials (maze Runner, Book Two)

Paperback | September 13, 2011

byJames Dashner

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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 are 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. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.
 
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.” —EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.” Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.” Seventeen.com
 
“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


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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...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 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

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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 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Loved this book!
Date published: 2016-11-05
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 over.it 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: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/10/scorch-trials-by-james-dashner.html
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like The Gladers, Keep On Reading I enjoyed the first novel and saw real potential in the idea. The characters are easy to relate with. I find that people who are open-minded and can figure out the worst puzzles are amazing. Which is why I love all the characters in this novel as they don't just GIVE UP. The idea of WICKED is quite interesting. Searching for kids to solve the world's problem, definitely a big responsibility on your shoulders. The more I learn about WICKED, the more confusing the plot is. What does Thomas have to do with WICKED that the organization has to keep him alive when he should have died? Those who don't simply give up will keep reading and experiencing the puzzle like the Gladers.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new writing idol! Honestly...amazing. I loved The Maze Runner, especially by the end of the book. It left me craving the sequel. But this book was undoubtedly 10 times better than the first. Somehow. I felt so connected to the characters (and had a bit of a crush on Minho...hehe) that I couldn't get enough. The intensity sped up tenfold, and I couldn't put the book down. James Dashner should write more teen sci-fi. He's just amazing. As a writer myself, I really hope to meet him one day.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Second Installment I don't usually give books five out of five. There is always something I didn't like. This book is not like that. It felt like someone was squeezing my heart out of my chest throughout the entire second half of the book. Far, FAR better than the first book (which was still good). I highly recommend the series. This book is intense; don't plan on having a life for several days after buying.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exceptional Sequel! I didn't think that I could possibly love this sequel more than The Maze Runner, but Dashner proved me wrong. From the moment I began this highly anticipated sequel, I was captivated and completely entranced. The Scorch Trials was yet again another book that Dashner fills with heart-pounding action and mind blowing twists and turns. *Before you read this review, go check out The Maze Runner, the book that begins this epic journey! This was an epic sequel. It was explosively amazing. Just when you thought things might get easier for the Gladers, well, you're proved wrong. The Maze Runner ended with an insanely crazy ending, so starting this book had me excited but also nervous for the characters. At the end of the first book, The Gladers were rescued and brought to an unknown location by people who said that they would be safe now. In the beginning, it seemed like that; they got to sleep, take showers and even eat. Well, soon things took an unexpected turn. Thomas wakes up to Teresa frantically talking in his head, and then, she's gone. The next thing you know, Cranks are clawing at the windows and slowing perusing the Gladers. Cranks are people who have a disease called The Flare. Slowly, this disease eats away at your sanity and slowly turns you mad. It is a slow disease that diminishes your humanity day by day. The Gladers have a million questions yet again, and what they discover yet doesn't give them any answers. Hanging from the ceiling are the people who saved them from The Glade. The Gladers stare at them with wide eyes, attempting to shake the fear from their systems. They have no idea who killed them, but they soon realize that WICKED is back, and ready for round two. They also meet someone new, a boy named Aris who claims to have been a part of Group B, where he was brought into the Glade with a large group of girls. They soon realize that Aris' situation is the opposite of theirs, that Aris is like Group B's Teresa. More questions, but still no answers. Another unexpected event occurs, and the Gladers find themselves staring at a man sitting behind a desk who is surrounded by a defensive force field. Soon, he talks, and he gives the instructions that will begin Trial #2 within this experiment. Once again, The Gladers are not safe, and WICKED still has plans up their sleeves. Looks like instead of the Maze, they will have to survive in The Scorch. Where Cranks roam and the heat eats away at your skin. Thomas and the Gladers do everything they can to survive. Thomas worries about Teresa, and soon, The Gladers will meet new people and have to face all new problems. The Maze Runner was only the beginning. I absolutely loved this sequel! It exceeded all the expectations that I had! James Dashner is an incredible author who really knows how to write exciting, thrilling and action packed installments. 5/5 2011-006
Date published: 2011-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling story telling This series is good enough that I broke my self imposed moratorium on buying new books until the New Year because I had to find out what was in store next for Thomas and the rest of the Gladers.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! After reading THE MAZE RUNNER I could not wait to start the next book. The story continued where the first book left off. You just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Just when you thought things were settling down something crazy would happen. A real "keep you on the edge of your seat" kind of book. Looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thomas is back in the fray! This novel represents the second book in a series about Thomas, a young man, who is subjected to a series of lethal trials by a cabal of scientists. These trials are meant as an experiment to help guide mankind out of the crisis that is occurring. Along the way, Thomas meets several other test subjects that both help and hinder his path. This novel is a little more open-ended than the previous (which primarily took place in a very small setting) and I thought it was more suspenseful. Both novels are very addictive and the characters are quite engaging. The storyline is full of twists and surprises so you will definitely not be bored. Since there are more novels to come, I will warn you not to expect a happy ending.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. This book left me wanting more. Waiting a whole year for the last book seems impossible. In this book, Thomas and the Glader's find themselves faced with yet another trial. They have to make their way across the Scorch to a 'safe haven' in order to get a cure for a disease they are told they have. This book was fantastic. I don't think I've ever felt like this while reading a book before. It left me with an uneasy feeling. Weird, I know. While reading, I didn't sleep at all each night because my head was filled with thoughts of this book. What will would happen next? Why is WICKED doing this to them? What's up with Teresa?...and Who the heck is this Brenda? So many question left unanswered. Very frustrating, but that made this book all the more better. I can hardly contain my excitement for the 3rd and final book.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than The Maze Runner. Pros: lots of tension, great pacing Cons: while I still didn't connect with any of the boys, I didn't find them as annoying as I did in the first book Picking up directly where The Maze Runner left off, The Scorch Trials doesn't let the Gladers relax much before the next round of horrors begins. While you find out a bit more of the mystery surrounding the boys - including the fact that there was a similar experiment for girls - a lot of mysteries remain at the end of the book. Look forward to a wild ride of one bad thing followed by another. This book is definitely better than the first one. All of my complaints for it were dealt with/not applicable here. The pacing is good, there's some downtime to appreciate the situation the boys are in but not enough to feel bored. There's little character development, but the book takes place over two weeks so that's to be expected. And what development there is, follows logically from the events of the story. While I felt teens would enjoy the first book better than adults, the sequel is a fantastic book for readers of all ages. Can't wait for the third, when I hope to learn what's really going on with WICKED.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Amazing! It has been quite some time since I felt compelled to write a review. Lately many books are not grabbing my attention quitelike this one. In The Scorch Trials we pick up where Thomas and his Gladers left off. They are off onto a new adventure to save their lives and battle with WICKED. Many of the same characters return in this second installment as well as some new characters as well. Without giving away the plot The Scorch Trials grabs you from the first page and will keep you guessing until the end. Well worth reading!
Date published: 2010-10-17

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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.

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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."—EW.com   “Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday   “[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com   “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