Book Review: The Scorch Trials

Book Review: The Scorch TrialsThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Published by Delacorte Books on October 12th 2010
Pages: 384

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? 


Shucks, if you thought The Maze Runner was fantastic, then you are surely in for a great treat with its sequel. The Scorch Trials starts up right where the previous novel left off. Thomas and his gang think that they are saved. But boy are they wrong. And WICKED has definitely topped themselves this time.

One thing that I loved about The Maze Runner was the gore and shock-value that Dashner every so lovingly included. It is one of the main reasons why I adored that novel in the first place. And if you are like me, then you will be very pleased to see plenty of it in The Scorch Trials. From the very first beginning, Dashner holds nothing back. And I loved every second of the action.

For the most part, I was very pleased with The Scorch Trials. Plenty of action and intrigue. But I cannot but feel like there is something missing. Something that would have made the novel go from pretty good to over the top amazing. I think part of my issue with the novel has to do with how much I really liked the previous novel. Everything so fresh and excited. And yes, readers will get that with this novel. It is just that in terms of the plot, I feel like nothing really new was presented. The characters are pretty much the same with little to no character growth. WICKED is still as confusing as ever. And parts of the novel, just made me want to pull out my hair because I want answers.

The Scorch Trials is a great addition to the series… even though I feel like I am still at square one in figuring out the big picture. Yes, parts of this novel frustrated me beyond belief… but I think that is the beauty of the novel. The Scorch Trials will give readers very few answers, leave them with a lot more questions, and totally have them begging for more. I know I am.

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4 responses to “Book Review: The Scorch Trials

  1. Nicole Settle

    I just ordered this book and I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I remember being so frustrated with the previous book and its lack of answers and it seems that the mystery just continues with this sequel but hopefully the action and drama is enough to keep me reading. Thanks for the review!

  2. Andrea

    I didn’t fully love The Maze Runner but the ending definitely hooked me. Sorry to hear there are not more answers though.

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