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Publisher's Summary

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." —EW.com

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

"[A] nail-biting must-read." —Seventeen.com

"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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Zombies? Ugh...

I really loved the first book. Once I got into this one and found out The Flare was a zombie disease...I almost returned the book. I was discouraged by how main stream of an approach was taken. Over all I gave this book 3 stars, only a couple of times did I have the urge to never stop listening. Mostly though I was a bit bored.

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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.

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!?)

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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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Performance is incredible, story can be slow

There were a few times I wanted to abandon this book in the beginning half, due to all the terrible things that happened. However, the performance was great and the distinct characters are played so well.

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I just finished the series...

overall I enjoyed the Maze Runner series. this book however was my least favorite. it felt as if Dashner was just plodding through this one to get to Death Cure. I'm glad I read it in the end... it introduced a few new characters like Rat Man and a few others that are involved in Death Cure.
The relationship between Tom and the Gladers kinda falls away in this book which is disappointing.
If you enjoyed the first book, the Maze Runner, stick it out through Scorch Trials, in the end you'll be glad you did.

Mel

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love this book

the reader is very active and keeps your attention the whole time. he creates a voice with every character and you can picture it vividly in your mind.

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Amazing! Thrilling!

I was on the edge of my seat. I actually verbally cheered at the end. Awesome narration too complete with pleasant voices. These characters are more dear to me than those in the movie! Download it now! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  • Noell
  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 11-12-15

Scorching good listen... but...

Definitely better than the first. love the twists...although I felt like it turned Hunger Games almost when Group B got involved, like a twisted version of "Capture the Flag" when they got to the Safe Haven. Considering I saw the movie before I read the book, I must say that I can see why they changed certain things. Will be interesting to see what the next one brings.
As far as shipping goes, definitely Brenda and Thomas. Not a huge fan of Teresa- no matter how she tried she really could not justify her behavior.
LOVED Jorge- kind of wish he was more crazy in the movie. Definitely recommend this series. The one thing I am a little iffy on is the narrator himself: he did a good job, but when it came to doing the girl voices I he was 'eh'. Otherwise, amazing.

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