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
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.
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'.
Someone with more patience for the same story rehashed again.
Probably not. I might be compelled if reviews were outstanding, but unlikely.
Honestly, I would've COMPLETELY changed the end of this book to use more creativity for the next.
I got through the first book and thought "yeah, it's ok. I'll move on to the second." BIG BIG mistake. Now I want the whole 9+ hours of my life refunded! I'd like to tell the author that you only get to cycle the same storyline once (maybe twice in the case of the Hunger Games quarter quell), but try to do the same redundant thing THREE TIMES, and you owe your readers (listeners) that time wasted.
I do want to take a moment to compliment Mark Deakins on his performance. It was very well done.
First off I'll say that I've listened to the first two maze runner books and just downloaded the third. This is great listening material for keeping your mind busy while performing other tedious tasks where you don't need to pay full attention to the book. It's also great for a bus ride home from work. It is not a great piece of literature.
Dashners writing is pretty bad. I've created a drinking game where you take a shot every time he makes a bad analogy "It was as if...." But I ended up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Don't try that game with hard liquor. Was there no editor here to tell him "James, come on. Just describe the situation as it is, you don't need to compare it to something else every single time."
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.
Some point in my education experience I had a professor say that nonfiction writing should never be surprising and should always lead the reader to expect what is coming, this is how this book was written. Ever twist that was suppose to be exciting and a surprise I could see a mile a way, and i don't think I could be possibly that good at guessing.
The Maze Runner was okay, but also a bit predictable. I would like to get my hands on a different series by this author to see if his other work is any better
The narrator did a perfectly fine job, but predictable story lines can't be jazzed up with a good voice actor.
Thomas the main character in this story could die in this series and I wouldn't care, he is always in panic mode so we never see him, THE MAIN CHARACTER grow beyond better coping sadly.
Very disappointed I wasted my time and money on this paint by numbers story.
Second book was just as good for me as the first. Still so many unknowns and twists and turns. Very vivid imagery.
More resolution, fewer new questions, investible characters
Engaging, diverse, complimentary
It segues out of MR well, creates mystic, but soon jumps into many new twists without addressing old plot problems. I quickly lost care.
The kid's slang is annoying. They constantly replace meaningful words with artificial pronouns like "crank" and "shuck" leaving the reader guessing the speaker's true meaning. For a book overpacked with mystery, it gets old fast, lending to an empty read.
Addicted to Audible.
Yes, I would consider the audio edition of the Scorch Trials to be better than the print. The narration has expression and the characters seem to take to life.
This book narration is better than the last.
I think Mark Deakins's performances are all good. He does well when transitioning from male and female characters.
No, I like to listen to it in multiple sittings.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
Great follow up to Book 1. Still confusing but in a good way. Exciting adventure. Awesome action. Well worth continuing this series.
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