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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (2011)

by James Dashner

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Series: The Maze Runner (2)

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There's something weird with me and The Maze Runner series. Last year I read and reviewed the first book in the series and was actually quite disappointed. But since I knew the movie was coming, I went to see it and enjoyed it a lot more than I had the book. So, after seeing the movie I felt like 'I must read the second book RIGHT NOW'. Okay, it took some months but here I was again, now really looking forward to The Scorch Trials and that's when something weird happened...

Because having all these boys run around a maze in an arena gets boring after a while, in this book they will be running around a desert, just to keep things fresh and original. To say more would spoil things.

I started and it was exactly the same as with the first book. I was underwhelmed to say the least. Even though the story starts immediately and there is a fast succession of action scenes I felt nothing like I felt watching the first movie. And that's when it dawned on me. I just can't stand Thomas. Little, whiny (o so perfect but man he gets into a lot of problems) Thomas. I couldn't stand just how often the book is trying to tell just how special a snowflake he is. I couldn't stand the girl either. (This is indeed less in the movie, because then at least I'm not in his stupid head). And last but not least, the betrayal-plot line was ridiculous. Plain ridiculous. I laughed out loud, I don't think that was supposed to happen.

Anyway, the movie should hit the theatre soon and I'm really looking forward to it! (It might just give me the courage to read the third book).

The Scorch Trials is the sequel to The Maze Runner. The third book is The Death Cure. The Kill Order is a prequel, another prequel (The Fever Code) is planned for 2016. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
I liked this book, though it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and I think I'm fated to dislike all the female characters in this series because I continue to hate Teresa, whatever her motivations, and I never really warmed up to Brenda. The other girls from Group B weren't really in enough of the book for me to form an opinion.

However, I continue to love the hell out of Minho. And Newt is a calm in a storm of chaos. Too bad for a bulk of this book Thomas separated from the rest of his group...

Still, I'm interested enough to see how it all ends... ( )
  saohicwitch | Apr 21, 2016 |
Another great book, but I'm still SO confused. Even having read The Kill Order, I'm trying to figure out why...why all the trials? Why the variables and patterns...what could this possibly have to do with a cure. One thing is for certain, Dashner has ensured the continued reading of these books! I just HAVE to know! I'm already eager to start book 3. I hope that Thomas can learn to forgive Teresa, even if they can't find that friendship they had before. I hope that she doesn't turn out to be bad. I hope that he finds Brenda again and the beginnings of whatever friendship there might have been there. And I hope and pray that he (and we) finally get some concrete answers as to what on Earth is going on! ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
Not quite as compelling as the first book, this felt like more of the same. I knew what to expect from the trials even if the exact "variables" were unknown to me. Still, I can't wait to get into the third book. It had better offer up some good answers! ( )
  seph | Apr 1, 2016 |
I think this book might have been written using some sort of magic spell. Here are the things I didn't particularly like about this book: the actual plot events, the inner monologue of main character, the inchoate love triangle, the made-up slang, the overall style of writing.

What's left? Good question. I can't identify anything that I did particularly like about the book... and yet I really, really wanted to keep reading. Almost an "I couldn't put it down" feeling. Which is bizarre, because... why do I so badly want to know what happens in a book that I don't particularly like?

Obviously, there's magic involved here. My will is not my own. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
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For Wesley, Bryson, Kayla, and Dallin. Best kids ever.
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The Maze was only the beginning...

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal.

The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
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The Trials keep on / Coming in a Maze now a / Part of a city. (legallypuzzled)

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After surviving horrific conditions in the Maze, Thomas is entrapped, along with nineteen other boys, in a scientific experiment designed to observe their responses and gather data believed to be essential for the survival of the human race.

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