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The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2 | [James Dashner]

The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

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... 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, the earth is a wasteland....
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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, 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 finished with 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?

©2010 James Dashner (P)2010 Listening Library

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    Paul American Fork, UT, United States 11-07-10
    Paul American Fork, UT, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"

    Who will survive the Scorch Trials? This book literally begins right where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers believe they have escaped WICKED and are beginning a new life but those who read the epilogue from The Maze Runners know that WICKED actually has the Gladers right where they want them.

    If you enjoyed The Maze Runner then you will love The Scorch Trials.

    The narrator Mark Deakins does a great job; if you enjoyed him in The Maze Runner then you will enjoy him in The Scorch Trials. He brings life and personality to each individual character.

    This book does contain more graphic content than The Maze Runner, if you did not like descriptions of the final battle between the Gladers and the Grievers then you will probably not enjoy portions of this book.

    I enjoyed this book and cannot what for the third installment.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leah York, PA, United States 02-16-11
    Leah York, PA, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Agreed! Left me hanging..."

    After I read the reviews I wondered how I would feel. Well I felt the same...The poor kids go through so much and at the end still no answers and let down starts all over again. I sure hope the 3rd installment clears up concerns and does not just drag out more 'trails'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 12-26-10
    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 12-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Stick with it till the end"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Word Nerd United States 11-28-10
    Word Nerd United States 11-28-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Not as good as the first but still worth it"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Franceska Dallas 03-26-14
    Franceska Dallas 03-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks.

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    "Not as good as Maze Runner but still gripping"

    Only downside was the main character, Thomas who seemed to be only focused on his romances during disasters. That got a bit tiresome. The story otherwise was fascinating and I couldn't stop once I'd started listening. Not as exciting as the first in the series but still just as gripping though I found I liked the character, Newt which is why I won't read the third in the series. I love the visual pictures I got in this series. The monsters and the landscape descriptions were brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany Springfield, GA, United States 01-30-14
    Brittany Springfield, GA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as first"
    If you could sum up The Scorch Trials in three words, what would they be?

    decent follow up


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    ......


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    can't remember... if that tells you anything


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Ending was a letdown... still a good read, though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blah Blah FL, USA 01-19-14
    Blah Blah FL, USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent"

    This second book keeps you going and is as amazing as the first!

    The performance continues to keep the characters alive in your mind!

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 09-24-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Scorch Trials?

    Love is a strong word especially for "things". I enjoyed the whole book for the endless maze of puzzles.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scorch Trials?

    The Betrayal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands above the other scenes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Round 2


    Any additional comments?

    Hope everything cleans up well in Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Norcross, GA United States 09-10-13
    Debbie Norcross, GA United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2013

    Debbie

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    "Great continuation"
    What made the experience of listening to The Scorch Trials the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job of telling the story with just the right tone and developed each character's voice and personality superbly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minho, the narrator did an excellent job on developing the fun, but serious nature of this character.


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The various inclinations in his voice pulled you into the story and helped you to identify with each character, he had me at the edge of my seat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Woodstock, GA, United States 08-31-13
    Laura Woodstock, GA, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Dances with the masses . . .

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    "Good follow up to Maze Runner"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It's a good easy follow up to Maze Runner.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed it as is.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Yes. You can clearly tell the difference between the characters and the pacing and attitude are consistent with the first book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd watch it, but maybe not in theatres.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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