O.K. So, the beginning of the book had me worried. It felt like Dashner was trying way too hard to make it action packed and mysterious. It was just too much too fast, but once the story slowed down a bit, everything that made "The Maze Runner" great reappeared. It's not quite as good as the first book, but still a quality story full of questions. I can only hope that after all this build up the third book is a satisfying ending that supplies some answers.
The action in the Scorch Trials kept me on the edge of my seat. I did enjoy listening. But this book was more of a taunt and tease than a sequel. I felt a little strung along only to get no answers in the end. In the Maze Runner and the Scorch Trials, Thomas and Theresa kept saying they were responsible for everything. In both books, people forgot things and saw things. There were a lot of impossibilities thrown at us that were never really explained. The kids were constantly running for their lives and the whole time met betrayal after betrayal. I know they were being tested for something. And obviously there will be a book three. But I kind of wish they would have thrown us a bone in book 2. At the end of this one, I found myself thinking, "Oh not again!" Also, I thought the two girls (Theresa and Brenda) were pretty creepy. I don't know if it was the story or the narrator (he was great, but did a creepy girl's voice), but I didn't like or trust either of them. If that was the way I was supposed to react, then kudos to Dashner.
Overall, it WAS a good book and I look forward to book 3. I would have given it 5 stars if there had been more closure.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I read teen novels every now and then. I liked the Maze Runner movie, so I decided to read this book before checking out the movie of it. Man, I don't know how to get you all to understand how completely boring this book is... seriously. Nothing happens. Over 10 hours to go from point A to point B in another trial. And the worst part is, nothing new happens. Nothing to the central characters, to the world, to WYKD. The author flirts with new ideas, but nothing significant takes place. Nobody important dies or ends up hurt. How I wish there were easter eggs placed along the journey to keep me wondering what was happening, but the info we get along the way leads our thoughts nowhere. Very boring. The epilogue was the best part! I hope the liberty of the movie creators improve this. I listened at 1.5X speed and the narrator did a good job for what he had to work with. Skip this and watch the movie. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below.
Gripping sequel and another amazing narration by Mark Deakins!!! Going to start the third book right away can't wait one minute.
Once again I will say, I'm BLOWN AWAY by the fact that there is not even an OUNCE of similarity between the Scorch Trial movie (which is all I had to go by up til now) and what I just finished listening to from the actual book!!!! Did James Dashner REALLY sign off on the final script for the movie?!! Did he just sell the rights off and had no say at all about what went into the "Hollywood" version of his amazing book?! I'm baffled at how the movie is not even CLOSE to having the same storyline as the book!! Thank God I took time to do the "audible" version of the book, because it moved me in ways that the movie couldn't dream of doing. Wow......
this book was amazing!!!!! the narrator was awesome!! I almost klunked my pants when that shank Teresa did something!! (No Spoilers) Thomas was as cute as ever!!! Definetly purchasing the next book!!!!!!
two completely different narratives. it is interesting to listen to this one, but the film adaptation brings more action and consistency to the story it is worth reading/listening