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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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I loved "The Scorch Trials"! I thought "The Maze Runner" was setting up the plot so I was confused to why they were all in the maze and what was going on, but by the end of the book I was so excited to read the next one. There was a lot of betrayal in "The Scorch Trials". It was very fast-paced and exciting, that may be why I went through it so quickly. I hated waiting so long for the next one. I can't wait until "The Fever Code" comes out! ( )
  beck189418 | Oct 19, 2014 |
Sequel to "The Maze Runner", "The Scorch Trials" leaves off excately where its predecessor ended. This time it a whole new adventure, filled with more friends, action, death, and of course, lies. This book is just like "The Maze Runner", it's hard to put down once you start to read. If you enjoyed "The Maze Runner" then "The Scorch Trails" will not disappoint. ( )
  Remy_Ferrell | Oct 17, 2014 |
I began this sequel immediately after finishing book one, and the story picks up exactly from that point. Thomas and the rest of those that escaped the Maze have been rescued. Or so they thought. It turns out that Phase 2 of their trials is about to begin.

Book 1 introduced the mystery of who put them all in the Maze and why. Book 1 provided an answer (of sorts) to the first question: WICKED, an organization formed to combat a deadly virus called The Flare, put them in the Maze as part of a trial to find a cure. But the why has so much more to it than just that. This time around, WICKED actually tells them flat out that they are about to be tested again – they must cross The Scorch, a burned out area where nothing grows and Cranks lay in wait, to reach a safe haven.

This book could have been boring as the teens face yet more deadly obstacles, which many of them do not survive, if not for the book also providing some major answers and a few new questions. First, the boys weren’t the only ones being tested. In another Maze, Group B composed entirely of girls was in the same situation. And the two groups may now be in competition! Then there are the Cranks, people who have contracted The Flare, which causes them to go insane and become feral and violent. Finally, there is Teresa, labeled by WICKED as “the betrayer,” who was taken and put with Group B. Can Thomas really trust her? Can he trust anyone?

Overall, I found this book to be even better than the first. It expands on the mystery exponentially; the action is just as exciting; and some new characters are added that spice things up. Highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Oct 15, 2014 |
Wow. This series is exceptionally gripping; I read this book in one day. I enjoyed the pacing, but felt a bit breathless by the end. ( )
  silva_44 | Oct 15, 2014 |
read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( )
  mallon | Oct 5, 2014 |
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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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