I loved this series and so the Pre-quel was a "must listen" for me. I don't regret listening at all and it was entertaining. But, I found the other bo..Show More »oks more interesting and more rich. Perhaps knowing where it is all going takes away the punch though. Overall, I do recommend this to fans, but don't listen to it first. Maybe its for "fans only".
As a stand-alone book, I'll give this one 3 stars (good but not great), but the series as a whole is another matter. I got through the first book and ..Show More »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.
When Thomas arrives in the Glade, he remembers nothing but his name. He knows nothing about how he got into this little community or his life precedin..Show More »g his arrival. And yet the little Glade where his fellow Gladers have been living for the past two years seems oddly familiar. Then things start changing and the self-sufficient community is plunged into terror, with Thomas at the centre. Now, more than ever, the Gladers know they must escape the treacherous maze or face death. But can they overcome their suspicions and hold onto hope long enough to find a way out?
It’s been a while since a dystopian novel had me on the edge of my seat the way ‘The Maze Runner’ did. James Dashner has clearly mastered the art of suspense and pace, revealing just enough to keep you wanting more and throwing in wondrous plot-twists and red herrings along the way.
Each character was expertly created with his own flair and quirks. I would have liked to get to know Teresa’s character more, but I sense this will come in later installments int he series. The dynamics between the characters was fascinating, most especially their reactions under extremely stressful conditions. The fantasy world created was detailed and yet mysterious, as befitting the story. The story line was unique, thrilling, scary, exciting and heart-warming.
The premise is probably one of the most gripping I’ve ever considered. It’s one any national geographic or dystopian lover must have thought about at some time and Dashner’s unique take opens many more trains of thought. His perspective on humanity, the lack thereof and reaction under pressure is eye-opening, to say the least. I cannot wait to read the next book!
Who will survive the Scorch Trials? This book literally begins right where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers believe they have escaped WICKED an..Show More »d 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.
I loved the second book but I am finding the unrelentingly, horrible and cruel misfortune that all the stories characters suffer from repeatedly gett..Show More »ing a bit heavy and depressing. I am still looking forwards to listening to book 3 but I hope that their fortunes start to improve drastically or I will start to find this fantastically interesting series to hard to go on with unless I have at least three or four books to listen to that all have incredibly happy endings.
I watched the movie for the Maze Runner and really enjoyed it. I downloaded all of the audible books in the series barring the prequel. I've been list..Show More »ening to all three for days wanting to get to the end to get answers and find out how Dashner would pull it all together. Perhaps I'm too old for this particular series but I found it lacking. The story line - particularly for the death cure was quite cheesy and the writing wasn't very sophisticated. The underlying story wasn't terrible but there are much better books available. It felt like it was written to specifically become a Hollywood action movie. Instead of being a solid story it relied on gore and constant action/suspense that became tedious after a while. Some of the interactions between Thomas and his love interest were particularly cringeworthy and like others have said by the end you just don't feel very invested in anyone. The Maze Runner had some compelling aspects but the story become so outrageous and absurd by the last book that I was mostly just trying to finish it. It wasn't the worst book I've read/listened to but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. Hopefully Hollywood can make something out of the final books. We'll see.