The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
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The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)

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Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

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.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKE...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 360 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Press
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Kaykee
During this entire book, I counted how many times Thomas ended up passing out or sleeping either at the end of a chapter or paragraph and did you want to know what the finally count was?



29.



29 times this guy blacked out!! Out of 360 pages, Thomas left you with the cliff hanger of "and finally he slept" 29 times. Sounds fun, doesn't it?



If this didn't annoy you at all, reread this book (NOT RECOMMENDED) and realize that this dude spent most of his life passed out. Then try to tell me you didn't

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Thomas
I AM SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW.

I hate it when people do that. Don't you just want to tell them," okay, calm down. It's not like writing in caps is going to get your point across any further." But I just had to, because my brain is bursting at the seams after reading The Scorch Trials.

I love Thomas' name! I know my enthusiasm is quite unnecessary, but I've never seen the name Thomas used for the protagonist of a book. And a great one, too. Now there are other references besides that darn Thomas the T...more
Emily May


What the hell? Even though I have sometimes enjoyed a book and not really liked the sequel, it's very rare that I would love one and absolutely hate the other. I desperately tried to finish it but I was bored, I kept getting distracted by either my family, my cats or some random fluff on the carpet... so I just skim-read it to the end and gave myself a basic idea of what the conclusion was.

I truly loved The Maze Runner, even though quite a few people found it annoying - particularly the protag...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
You know, there's a difference between creating suspense and just …being annoying. This book did more of the latter than the former. I enjoyed The Maze Runner; however, it got pretty confusing towards the end, and I was hoping that The Scorch Trials would give us some answers.

Not so. If anything, it only leaves the reader with even more questions. Practically nothing was resolved/explained from the first book, and James Dashner kept on piling on more and more plot twists––most of which were …we...more
Emily Rose
Holy klunk, this book is INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!
Mitchel Broussard
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~Tina~
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, James Dashner is my freaken Hero!!!!

WOW you guys! Just O M G, WoW!
If y'all liked The Maze Runner, you'll LovE The Scorch Trials! It's unbelievable!

James Dashner as once again created a none stop, action packed adventure that will blow your ever loving Shuck-Sticks-Cranked mind.
With new characters and all your favorite crazed-lingo-Gladers, comes a story of constant struggle to survive, a once again, Trial that are even more terrifying, dangerous and in...more
Arlene
Nov 29, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SciFi and Dystopia YA Fans
Post-apocalyptic Nightmare!

Wow, The Scorch Trials was definitely a bizarre mind trip, and after everything that was revealed and unfolded, I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

This next installment to The Maze Runner picks up right where the first book left off. The Gladers have been rescued from The Maze, but their trials are far from over. They are immediately launched into a human nightmare where WICKED uses mental, physical, psychological and emotional experiments to test mind patterns...more
Shannan
[This book is the second instalment of The Maze Runner Trilogy.]
James Dashner is definitely in my Top Authors list! His books always leave an impact on me for some unidentified reason. I love this book to the point where it isn't healthy!

Once again James Dashner (or should I say Thomas) has taken me on an adventure that made me feel a great many emotions.
I admit to loving this book so much that I couldn't let go of it; causing me to read it entirly in one day with no breaks(I can't say my blatte...more
Becky
Wow. That was a thrill ride! James Dashner really knows how to ratchet up the tension.

This book was very different from The Maze Runner, much less eerie and creepy mysterious, but what it lacks there, it more than makes up for in tension and action. We learn more about the world outside of the maze, and about the flares and the Flare, and we meet Cranks, which reminded me somewhat of the "zombies" suffering from Rage in 28 Days Later - OK, well, at least those past Gone.

We have some shifting o...more
Jonathan
I had mixed feelings to The Maze Runner and so it was with interest that I picked up its sequel to see how things continued. I was personally surprised and a little frustrated with this book. It seemed the minute I knew what was happening something completely changed in the story to make me unsure about anything. But I guess I could therefore associate with the character...

The whole point of this book is to continue the trials explored in the Maze Runner. Which were interesting from a thrilling...more
Lissa Smith
Apr 04, 2012 Lissa Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls and boys grades 5 and up
Recommended to Lissa by: B4R Club
The Scorch Trials has a proper plot that actually keeps you on your toes guessing all the way through. It is hard to talk about the plot without revealing story. But I will say this about the plot if you thought things were rough on Thomas and the other gladers in Maze Runner, then hang on to your seats because things are twisted in this one.

The effort that JD took at allowing the characters some personality didn’t go unnoticed. I found book two a bit more interesting and I think everyone will....more
Luann
Jul 18, 2011 Luann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Luann by: Liz (Pick-a-Shelf)
I was immediately dragged back into this story! I had the "here we go again" feeling, like many of the characters in the story, but I did enjoy the journey while continuing to wonder: "What the heck is going on!?" just like while I was reading The Maze Runner. And now I look forward to reading book three, The Death Cure, which will be coming out later this year!

Reading this actually feels a lot like watching the TV show Lost:
* Changing leaders
* Mysterious but intriguing clues to never-sure-what
*...more
Kristy
This is one of those rare exception books where the 2nd is actually better than the 1st!!! I am 100% addicted and want #3 NOW!

This is my new favorite series. You ShouldRead The Maze Runner and this one!!!! You will not be sorry! DO IT!!!!

AHHHHH!!!!! Maybe after the shock wears off, I'll be able to write an actual review!

Cynn
« “-Algunas veces me pregunto... -murmuró Thomas.
-¿Te preguntas, qué?
-Si importa estar vivo. Si no sería mucho más facil estar muerto.”»


En The Scorch Trials pensamos que Thomas y sus compañeros se van a poder tomar un respiro y todas las “cositas” van a estar tranquilas pero…no. En este caso, van a desear poder volver al laberinto a que tener que enfrentarse a lo que se les propone. Pensaron que todo había terminado, pero esto recién comienza a terminar. Como prueba “final” de CRUEL, tienen q...more
Erin
2.5 stars. Because I enjoyed reading it but I know it wasn't that great.

Wow... this was structured very differently than The Maze Runner was. I think that's the main reason so many people prefer the first book. It had a neat and tidy format, with a contained setting (the Glade) and a straight-forward "mystery". This, on the other hand, had no cohesive setting, and the characters' intentions changed from chapter to chapter.

In some ways, it reminded me of The Hunger Games. Not in quality, but in s...more
Duchess Nicole
This second installment to James Dashner's Maze Runner series was again an exciting, brand new, mind blowing post apocalyptic novel, and for me more of all of that than the first.

I still don't know what the heck is going on...is Wicked good or bad? What the heck is their plan, and is there really anything in the world that could justify what they put these boys and girls through? I can't wrap my head around any such thing, I just can't. All I have to say is that Dashner better come up with a hel...more
Nik Bramblett
Jul 07, 2013 Nik Bramblett rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nik by: Tina DeMasi
Shelves: abandoned
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Priscilla
So this is what the end of the world looks like... huh.

My first impressions:
1) I WANT TO READ THE LAST BOOK NOW.
2) Not as good as the first, BUT it's still very good! (Really, how can it live up to the first?)
3) I found the end a bit anti-climatic.
5) Predictable at times, and a lot of unpredictable craziness.
6) Too much 'sleeping' and 'passing out'. T 0T But I suppose if that adds to the plot building, suspense and character backstory...sure why not.
7) Love Minho and Newt! Thomas, you're cool to...more
Christina
Jan 31, 2013 Christina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. STAY AWAY AND SAVE YOURSELVES!
Sigh. I don't know how to write a review for this book without it sounding like a full-out rant. So I guess I'll just rant.

First of all, I will admit that I only have myself to blame for picking up this (audio)book. I wasn't a fan of the first one, and yet I still decided to give The Scorch Trials a try. Somehow, this one was worse than the The Maze Runner. How so? Let me count the ways...

1. Character development. James Dashner deserves an award for achieving the impossible by being the first au...more
EsmeButterfly
Las pruebas es, aunque pareciera imposible, incluso mejor que su primera parte, El corredor del laberinto. Como he dicho, estoy deseando leer el final de esta trilogía que se ha convertido en una de mis favoritas. Estoy ansiosa por descubrir todo lo que hay detrás del laberinto con sus laceradores, de estas inhumanas pruebas y saber si realmente hay una cura -la que da nombre al tercer y último libro-. Si buscáis aventuras, acción trepidante, y algo completamente diferente a lo que hasta ahora h...more
Maria Snyder
Poor poor poor Thomas! It's amazing he doesn't curl up into a ball and give up - but I guess that's what makes him such a good character - a survivor. And it's what keeps me reading - how much more can this poor boy take? Guess I'll have to read the next book, The Death Cure to find out. I'm really enjoying this series, but I'm frustrated by the lack of information - which is the whole point - Dashner is giving just enough to keep me interested. Grrr! Even knowing what Dashner is doing he still...more
Surin
Wow wow wow wowwwwwwww. I Need the sequel - the death cure like NOW. Ok after I'm done reading the finale, I'll write a frickin proper review. Promise! But for now I have been turned into a belligerent mess caused by how amazing this series is shaping up to be. This time the scorch trials totally played with my emotions but in a very different and unexpected way. Who can you trust? Who can't you trust? And more importantly what the effffffff is going on! Can't wait to read 'the death cure' soon....more
Rain Misoa
Sep 05, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian lovers, people who love action and suspense
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
OH MY GOD! SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!! I can't even begin to tell you how good this book is. I am in love with the story James Dashner has created! This is the sequel to The Maze Runner and just like its predecessor, The Scorch Trials is just as epic! There's a LOT of action, crazy twists and turns, the plot is just confusing but awesome, the characters are fun (minus one; more of that later), and you'll just be begging for more once the book is done. I'm telling you, I cannot wait for the last install...more
Newengland
What a shucking letdown for fans of THE MAZE RUNNER. James Dashner dashes through #2 of the expected trilogy and leaves logic as well as suspense in his wake. The plot goes KLUNK, as they say in the Glade. Too bad, too. I kind of liked the LORD OF THE FLIES-esque touch of the first book and had great hopes for this, but just as Thomas grows weary of his manipulators in the game, WICKED, so I grew wicked weary of Dashner's poor execution in THE SCORCH TRIALS.

Our boys the Gladers are told they mus...more
María
Esta vez, con la segunda entrega de la saga "Maze Runner" James Dashner presentó una obra mucho más impredecible. A más de la capacidad nata del autor de tener en vilo al lector mientras dura su obra, rescato la pureza del género Distopía (o ficción distópica).

Desde el inicio de la obra, la trama es capaz de sumergir al lector aún más ávido y llevarlo con una vertiginosa velocidad a páramos en los que la paz y el silencio no existen.

Personalmente, esta entrega me pareció mucho más interesante q...more
Reading Vacation
Grab some sunscreen and an iced tea, it’s going to get hot around here. After solving the Maze, Thomas and the Gladers are facing a new challenge – the Scorch. It’s like the earth turned into the surface of the sun. There is devastation everywhere. With amazing descriptions, I felt like I was right there in the Scorch.

In classic dystopian style, the world has become a wasteland with a group of deranged leaders. In this case, the Creators (aka WICKED) are calling the shots. In a way, I can unders...more
Scarlet
3.5

The Scorch Trials, by itself, might be a pretty exciting book. But as the sequel to the oh-so-exciting The Maze Runner, it just pales in comparison. While the first book made my jaw drop, The Scorch Trials only made me knit my eyebrows in confusion. And I mean, a lot of confusion.

Firstly, the start was really slow, not that it could be helped, considering there was so much of figuring out to do. But even after the Trials actually started, the suspense never really felt as intense as it did in...more
Tom
Loved it!! Throwing up the stars right after finishing. No doubt about it for me this time.

This one was a lot more action but in its own way a little more simpler than the first book. They were both almost equal for me. I love cool world building when its done right which is what book 1 was. There was less world building but a lot more character interaction and a lot more ACTION. It totally had my head spinning and I'm still lost on what to think of some of the characters. So glad that Minoh is...more
Rick Fisher
Jun 05, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one yet
The sequel to "The Maze Runner", three stars but I would rate it 3.5, due to it being better than the first in this series, but not great enough to earn 4 stars.
This has been an easy book to read, but difficult to enjoy. I'm sure with the third and final book in this series, author James Dashner will answer all the questions raised by what has being going on. Hopefully, because nothing seems to be making much sense and everything seems to be heading in no particular direction. It's simple yet...more
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