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

by James Dashner

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Title:The Maze Runner 2 : Scorch Trials
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Chicken House (2011), Edition: 1, Paperback, 384 pages

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2011)

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The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series and it is filled with as much action as the first! The story continues with the same people (Thomas and the Gladers) and now they are in a dormitory in which they thought were safe. Suddenly, the next day they hear screaming and find dead bodies in their room. They also find Teresa to be missing much to Thomas's dismay. After that, an alarm goes off and food appears on the table. The Gladers eat the food hungrily and a man tells the Gladers that he is from WICKED and they are trying to find a cure to a deadly disease that is called the Flare. The next day, the Gladers start their voyage and after a couple of miles, they see a screaming girl who is Teresa and she tells them that if they do not turn around, something really bad will happen. To find out what bad thing is actually going to happen and to find out if Thomas and the other Gladers make it out alive of another tough spot, I recommend that you read this book which was a pleasure to read because it was filled with action and lots of it!
  TomasJefferson | Apr 10, 2014 |
This was a very enjoyable series. I just finished the last one, and decided to write a short review. I think that the plot was complex, yet simple enough where anyone could enjoy it. I was blown away with the finish. Very good series! ( )
  LoriHopkins | Apr 2, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy the mystery, and that it keeps me wanting more. I can't wait to find out what happens in the final book. ( )
  lilysreads | Mar 23, 2014 |
2.5 Stars

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner was overall a huge disappointment, which didn't surprise me at all. This sequel is much more suspenseful and fast-paced than the first book in the trilogy but contains similar flaws in terms of writing and character development.

My Thoughts:

Problem #1: Thomas, as always, is annoying and boring. He lacks any real skills or personality but seems to be able to solve problems/situations because the author makes it convenient for him.

Problem #2: Character development is just terrible, and there are so many flat, dull, unrelatable, and unlikable characters in this book.

Problem #3: Cut the teen romance (Teresa, Brenda) please. The moment Thomas sees Brenda, he seems to have developed an interest for her, and somehow by the end of the book there is some kind of feeling?! If you are going to write romance into a story, at least develop it a little more so we as readers can actually understand why these people love each other.

Problem #4: A good writer shows, not tell, which isn't the case for this book. The author's poor writing style of disclosing feelings and emotions, along with silly dialogue between the characters, was so off-putting.

Problem #5: Suspense is good but too much just kills it. There are just way too many unanswered questions or plot-holes (or WTFs) for it to be even somewhat enjoyable.

By the time I turned that last page, I really had no idea what I just read. This book has no contribution to the overall series plot line and is just a filler for the trilogy. ( )
  Angela7546 | Mar 11, 2014 |
Thomas and the rest of the Gladers thought they had been saved at the end of "The Maze Runner", but they couldn't have been more wrong. The scientists of WICKED are still testing the boys--this time, they must make it across a vast, dangerous desert in 2 weeks in order to receive a cure for the Flare, a degenerative brain disease with which they've all been infected. "The Scorch Trials" is another adrenaline-fueled, suspenseful ride from start to finish. I can't wait to see how it all ends in the next book! ( )
  TheMadHatters | Feb 24, 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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