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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, Book 2) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, Book 2)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Ember (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 384 pages
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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2011)


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In my opinion, this is a mysterious and adventurous read for a young adult. This is the continuation of James Dashner's first novel in the series, The Maze Runner. This book is told in first person by the main character, Thomas, like in the first book of the series. He seems to be the focus of the "trials" that are happening to he and the rest of the group of boys. Thomas knows that his actions will either help or hinder everyone on the planet who is sick with The Flare, so he feels he must always do the right thing and "play along" with what The Creators tell him to do. The language in this novel is very descriptive. We are told of the hot, desert-like setting where this story takes place. There is one town that Thomas and his group must travel through to get to the Safe Haven, but the town is filled with infected people who are slowly become more and more sick. The infected people seem to be like zombies that become more angry and chaotic as they continue to get more sick. The writing in this novel is very engaging and the action keeps the reader eager to hear what happens next. Even when I had other things I needed to do, I had trouble putting this book down. Characters betray other characters, "sick" people end up helping out our main group, and the creators continue to do surprising and unexpected things. The suspenseful and action-filled plot keeps readers eager to continue reading to find out if Thomas and the group of boys ever make it to safety, whether or not he disease is ever cured, or how this disease became so wide-spread.
The big idea of this story is that a group is always stronger than working alone, as Thomas found out when he was captured by people infected with The Flare until his group came to rescue him. Another big message of this book is trust. Thomas is trusting that The Creators will really be able to cure everyone if he continues on with the trials. Thomas also must trust Theresa when she promises he will be safe, but The Creators instructed her to betray him. ( )
  kwhite18 | Mar 22, 2015 |
The Scorch Trials is about the second test that W.I.C.K.E.D. has made for group A and group B. Thomas and Teresa are in group A. Then there is a group B is made up of all girls but Aris. Aris is the only boy in group B like Teresa is the only girl in group A. When group A wakes up they find all the staff dead and hanging on the ceiling. Then they find Aris. After group A escapes the building they travel for days. After a lot of traveling, Teresa is talking to Thomas telepathically. Teresa tells Thomas that there is a town up ahead and that she is there. Thomas and his group find the town but not Teresa. Thomas gets some help in the town from Brenda and Jorge. Brenda and Jorge are cranks or people that are infected with the flare. When Thomas meets up with Teresa he is nearly killed by Teresa's new "friends." In the end Teresa and Thomas are back to together and then separated as usual.
I really like the book because it was very descriptive and had amazing imagery. I loved that with every turn I felt like I was right there with Thomas. When Thomas was attacked by the cranks I wanted to know what happened next. I think the book is like a trap where you can't put the book down. Some of the parts are weird like how Teresa and Aris can speak to each other with telepathy but Thomas can't use his telepathy to talk to Aris nor Teresa.I love the book and think it is a little wicked. Wicked is good. ( )
  JordanN.G1 | Mar 18, 2015 |
The Scorch Trials is the sequel to the first Maze Runner book. It continues the story after the boys have escaped the maze and are faced with another "trial"- to make it across the desert to a safe house. It is thrilling at times and awkward at other but overall enjoyable.
It may not have a place in the classroom other than a good book to practice reading and finding enjoyment in it. ( )
  LFerda | Mar 11, 2015 |
The book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner is the second book of the Maze Runner series. Its about a group of boys who are sent into a desert called the scorch, each one of them was told that they have a disease that slowly turns them mad. In this book they have to find their way through a city passed the desert than through a mountain range within two weeks to get to the safe haven and get cured of their disease.
In this book the author James Dashner did a good job of showing the main characters emotions and feelings though the story was told by a narrator you still learn a lot and connect to the main character Thomas. He manages to make you relate to Thomas’s actions and reactions throughout the story. The author does this with other characters as well (though not as much). This allows you to connect with the lesser characters too. Whether you love or hate them. These are the things that made the story very well, and made you immersed in the the plot. James Dashner did a very good job writing this story.
On a scale of 1 to 5 I give this a 5 because the story was very easy to stay into because of the characters interaction, and the action and plot twists throughout the story. I also enjoyed that since the Maze Runner the story has developed a lot more and you gain a bigger understanding of the series and want to read more. ( )
  habe14 | Mar 10, 2015 |
This is the second book in The Maze Runner series, and it actually includes some answers to some of the unanswered questions from the first book. Like, why was the maze built? Who, or what is WICKED, and how are they good?

In this book, The Lord of the Flies boys are introduced to the organization that is WICKED. The purpose behind the maze experiment is somewhat explained. But then, WICKED continues their wicked ways, by sending the Flies boys on yet another experiment.

They are to survive the desert, hence the 'Scorch Trials' title. Monsters are thrown at them, just like in the maze, but this time the monsters can come at any time, during the day or night.

And there's the scavengers. The survivors of the plague, which seem to be living in a Mad Max kind of apocalyptic world. These scavengers attack the Flies boys. They're especially interested in the boy's one female member.

Of course, the Flies boys escape, along with their token female. And, they're off to yet another forced challenge of the desert.

This whole book seemed forced to me. It's like the author didn't really want to come up with any answers to the questions posed in The Maze Runner. It was supposed to be a stand-alone book, dammit.

But then the publishers pushed him into writing these other books. So, he just pulled some answers out of his ass, and said, "There. Now leave me the fuck alone."

Unfortunately, the publishers didn't leave him alone, because even after the Maze Runner series, he had to write a prequel book called [b:The Kill Order|13089710|The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)|James Dashner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330636153s/13089710.jpg|18261314].

Talk about a disappointment. The prequel is so much worse than the Maze Runner series. It's complete garbage. It's like Mr. Dashner here decided to fuck with the publishers. Like, "I'll just write total shit, then they can't publish it. Haa ha! I've got you fucking publishers now!"

But, joke's on him. Because they fucking published that shit too. Whatever you do, don't read The Kill Order. It completely ruined anything that was good about the Maze Runner series.

And don't read this fucking book either. The Scorch Trials just muddy the waters. It dilutes a perfectly good idea, and turns it to shit. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
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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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