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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, Book 2) Paperback – September 13, 2011
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"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen
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[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
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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 now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385738765
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385738767
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL720L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.82 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the bits about founding a society were gone, replaced by a series of events that just felt like sheer randomness. People would get kidnapped only to be rescued half a chapter later. There was no forward momentum, just a bunch of running in place. The kids end up almost exactly at the same place in the end as they started in the beginning, with very few additional answers.
A bunch of kids died, but they were all NPCs (literally labelled as having no importance whatsoever) and no one even bothered to stop for even the pretense of mourning. There were what, eleven people in the group and Thomas couldn't even figure out their names.
Very few of the puzzles could be solved mentally. Most of them were "press x not to die" - style. Survival seemed to rely on flipping a coin. And when anyone who had any actual story relevance got hurt, it never actually had any effect on the plot. Got massive burns? Don't worry. They won't have any impact on you at all, despite the fact you're running across a desert with no water. (Not that there was much thirst, despite the fact that they were traveling on something called The Scorch.)
Instead of learning anything interesting about the world, most of the main character's internal runtime is devoted to the world's most tepid love triangle. I felt like I was being slapped to death by red herrings. Does she love me? Is she going to betray me? No, because you're stuck in a stupid YA book that thinks senseless plot twists cause adrenaline rushes.
Then there were the portions of the book that just made me burst out laughing. ARE YOU AFRAID OF ZOMBIES STEALING YOUR NOSE? DO YOU BELIEVE BRAIN DISEASES CAN BE CURED BY FEELZ? DO YOU LIKE HISPANIC PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS ADD MUCHACHO TO THE END OF THEIR SENTENCES? IF SO, THIS BOOK MIGHT BE FOR YOU!!!
Or, to reiterate: ugggggghhhhhh.
OK, so, I read the first book, The Maze Runner, and was hooked. It was honestly the best young adult novel I had read in a while, and I was on fire to get The Scorch Trials (no pun intended). I was very pleased when the book came earlier than expected, and I began to read immediately.
To be honest, it wasn't that great of a story. I mean, I loved reading it and all, don't get me wrong, but it was just the kids walking across the desert, and slowly getting bumped off by new monsters (um..please tell me if anyone else was upset when Thomas didn't save Jack). Maybe Dashner was trying to do away with unnecessary characters... but, if that was a case, he could have tried a tad bit harder. I mean, Jorge - I'm sorry if that isn't how it's spelled - was barely in it, after the initial bargaining scene.
Another thing...wow. WHAT was with that movie?
(Warning there are spoilers in this review) “Thomas” and his friends have just been picked up by “W.C.K.D” The evil corporation that has been putting them through these tests. “W.C.K.D” gives the kids pizza when they get back from the maze and the next morning wake up in a weird room in “W.C.K.D”. “Thomas” is still morning over the death of his best friend “Chuck” and the rest of the guys that were lost in the “Maze”. “Thomas, Newt, Minho, Teresa, and a few other Gladers” escape W.C.K.D after learning that (spoiler!) they wanted to kill “Thomas” all along and that they put them in the maze. The Gladers escape with the hopes of not being captured and being tested on anymore but soon come to realize just what the “Flare” is face to face out in the “Scorch”. This story is amazing and almost seems hopeless for the “Gladers” but new faces will come into play in the story as well as losing some key character along the way.
This story is different from the “The Maze Runner” where everything was being controlled by “W.C.K.D” but now Mother Nature and the “Flare” control them and what they plan on doing in this hopeless story for a cure of the “Flare”. The choice is yours to whether to read this badass book about survival and zombies! Or you could just not read it at all.
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Scorch Trials wasn't exciting or thrilling, it didn't have me on edge wondering what's gonna happen to the characters. I found it quite boring and hard to read. Even though I read it in roughly 4 hours, I think the reason I read it so fast was because I was anticipating something really exciting to happen but it never came.
To be a bit more positive I thought the beginning and end were alright. But I was most disappointed with the middle. From everything I've learnt at school, the middle of a book should have a few interesting things happening. Scorch Trials did not succeed that.
In the first book I thought Thomas' cleverness showed through very well and you knew from the beginning he was special but in scorch trials I felt like I couldn't connect with the character and Thomas seekers to go along with what everyone else was saying without having a mind and voice of his own.
After reading the first book I was eager to read scorch trials to find out what happened to everyone but now I'm not so eager to start reading the third book.
Sorry for such a negative review I usually write more positive reviews. Scorch Trials just didn't meet my expectations.
The second bok started strongly and i was again lured into the wirld of maze runners. But before i could finish the book i stopped. The book and the main male character was starting to get extremely lovey dovey and slightlhy inaproppriate for yonger readers like me. I havent touched the book since and dont think i will until feel ready to read this sort if gender.
I hope i dont sound like i hate these books . I really liked them. If you are a tennager or an adult I would tell you to most certainly read this book. Its unique . Its powerful. And its excellent . Im pretty sure when i reach teenage years i will not be able to stop reading these books.!I just dont feel quite ready to read them rigvht now
This is especially disappointing given how unique the previous book was. I loved the concept of the Maze - it was so unique and filled with mysteries. The setting of the Scorch Trials is a desert with insanity zombies. That's far less attention grabbing. Most of the characters also didn't get a lot of development this time around. Important characters like Newt and Minho are relegated to the background and new ones like Brenda and Aris aren't really given enough page time for me to feel as though I got to know them.
At least Thomas is still likable, although I worry that he's increasingly becoming a Gary Stu as the novel does have a few messianic hints about his importance. Teresa on the other hand has dropped in my estimations. No spoilers here but I really liked her in The Maze Runner. Now...let's just say that I could stand never to see her again.
All in all, I still do want to know how this series finishes if nothing else than to wrap up the mystery of what WICKED's variables are going to be used for. Unfortunately, however, I'm not nearly as excited about this series anymore.
That's not to say that the first book couldn't have been, but you could get the concept that some post-apocalyptic government had built a giant maze and stuck a bunch of teenagers in it - and then send in a couple of killing robots to spice it all up.
Here we have the same organisation (I think?), only this time they can make walls, people, corpses, etc, disappear. They have fancy metal balls that can liquefy and eat your head. I guess this could happen in the future. Whose to say?
To be fair, this is an exciting little book and I've been speed reading it prior to the film release and the challenges and trials are just a constant onslaught. Really constant. I did get annoyed at one point by a throw away line: 'Thomas looked back to see how many were alive but it was no-one he was close to'. I felt let down. I will keep reading the series. I need to know what happens next.