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Book two in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.

Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series!

Praise for the Maze Runner series: A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost." —

"Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed." —Newsday

"[A] nail-biting must-read." —

"Breathless, cinematic action." —Publishers Weekly

"Heart pounding to the very last moment." —Kirkus Reviews

"Exclamation-worthy." —Romantic Times

"James Dashner's illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series." —Shelf Awareness, Starred

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." —Deseret News

©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.

24 of 29 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Logan, Utah
  • 05-13-15

A quality follow up to the Maze Runner

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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.

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.

As usual, Mark Deakins was great with his narration. (Although I still don't know why he gives Newt an Irish accent!?)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Way better than the movie

Loved it! Far better than the movie. And drastically different. Can’t wait to start the next book.

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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!

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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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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 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 3 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