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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

Critic Reviews

"The Gladers meet new friends and enemies on their quest, and Deakins shows his skill by providing each of the speakers with a distinctive accent. Listeners will be eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy." (AudioFile)

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  • Paul
  • American Fork, UT, United States
  • 11-07-10

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.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Not much here

The story dragged on after what started out being an interesting escape from the maze and subsequent journey into a city infested with cranks. After awhile it just got more and more nonsensical, with chapter after chapter ending with some nauseatingly detailed fight scene or cliffhanger that literal put me to sleep. I wanted to enjoy this book but instead found myself feeling disappointed by the lack of explanation of events, history, ANYTHING and a plot that served to suck me in and then not deliver.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An excited start that quickly fell into drudgery.

In which the strong, smart, and initiative main protagonist we enjoyed in the first book reverts into a moody hormonal preteen.
Seemingly refusing to use his cream-of-the-crop brain for anything other than being abysmally confused, making unbearably tactless social decisions, and falling unconscious CONSTANTLY.
The action was good when there was action, but most of it happening at or near Thomas while he has some sort of emotional breakdown rather than taking any affirmative action.
I'll leave it at that and just say I had a lot of problems with this sequel. It will be a while before I read the finale after reading ahead on its own reviews.

The narration was absolutely fantastic, great consistency with believable voices.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Logan, Utah
  • 05-13-15

A quality follow up to the Maze Runner

Any additional comments?

The Scorch Trials was an interesting second installment of the Maze Runner series. Overall I enjoyed it. The book follows the same general story line of the first, with Thomas and his fellow Gladers trying to survive and understand the strange world they find themselves in. <br/><br/>The book did contribute more information to the overall storyline, but it mostly just leaves the reader with more questions than answers, which I expected from a trilogy. But I'm beginning to feel like James Dashner says a lot in these books without really saying a lot - the main questions of the book are never really answered. Instead the author skirts around the issue and doesn't give the reader any resolutions. But that's being nit-picky. The book was entertaining and that's why I bought it. <br/><br/>As usual, Mark Deakins was great with his narration. (Although I still don't know why he gives Newt an Irish accent!?)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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just skip to the next book

This is a great series, but this book seems to add nothing to it. I think this was just added for filler. For me it felt tedious and unrevealing. Perhaps that was the feeling the author was trying to get across though - making you feel what the characters felt.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • Decatur, GA, United States
  • 01-25-15

Meh...

I watched the movie and was drawn into getting the sequel before it too came out in the theater. Unfortunately, this sequel leaves you hanging. It really died during the third act. This story started out very well. It was interesting and you felt that you were in the story because you were finding out new things as they occurred to the protagonist. However, I think that we deserve to know what the eff wicked is by now and yet we're no closer to understanding what's going on than we were at the end of the first book and i find that very irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The kids never win,,,

Would you try another book from James Dashner and/or Mark Deakins?

I did try the whole trilogy. But the negativity in the books discourage me from trying any others. .

What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

The kids never win. Just win they've accomplished one task, the rules change. Over and over again. Very discouraging.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Must have because I didn't quit listening until the third and finally realized I couldn't take the constant game rule changes and the dishonesty of the authority figures.There wasn't any one to trust.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • York, PA, United States
  • 02-16-11

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'.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very Upsetiing end? No answers given

I can't believe I just sat for almost 11 hours listening to this book that didn't really go anywhere and had nothing really to add to the series. It was just one bumbled mishap after another with no clues to the real answer that was posed in the first book "The Maze Runner". I was VERY disappointed in this second book. I tried to compare it to other 2nd books in trilogies, but this one answers no questions and makes it necessary to buy the next one to see what the hell just happened in the last 11 hours!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful