The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner


The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2)
Title : The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2)
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ISBN : 0385738757
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 362

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end 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 There are no rules There is no help You either make it or you die. 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 Friendships will be tested Loyalties will be broken All bets are off There are others now Their survival depends on the Gladers destruction and they re determined to survive.


The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) Reviews


  • Katie

    During this entire book, I counted how many times Thomas ended up passing out or sleeping either at the end of a chapter or paragraph and did you want to know what the finally count was

    29

    29 times this guy blacked out Out of 360 pages, Thomas left you with the cliff hanger of and finally he slept 29 times Sounds fun, doesn t it

    If this didn t annoy you at all, reread this book NOT RECOMMENDED and realize that this dude spent most of his life passed out Then try to tell me you didn t

    During this entire book, I counted how many times Thomas ended up passing out or sleeping either at the end of a chapter or paragraph and did you want to know what the finally count was

    29

    29 times this guy blacked out Out of 360 pages, Thomas left you with the cliff hanger of and finally he slept 29 times Sounds fun, doesn t it

    If this didn t annoy you at all, reread this book NOT RECOMMENDED and realize that this dude spent most of his life passed out Then try to tell me you didn t notice it.

    Although this book was fast passed, a lot of it was filler and this book could really just have been shrunken into about 100 pages at the max.

    I gave this book 2 stars only because James Dashner was able to create such real characters by giving them actual human qualities This is mostly referring to Newt and Minho since they seemed the most real and fleshed out This compared to other characters like Thomas who had about as much personality and emotion as a burnt piece of rat meat on a stick He s also about as smart as that which I don t understand since all the Gladers were suppose to be extremely smart children who where put in the maze from the last book because of their high IQs.

    Apart from the few inconsistencies in this book, the one thing that never made any sense to me was that if everyone in there is suppose to be named after super smart person like Isaac Newton, etc , then who is Frypan named after

    If someone figures it out, please tell me.

    EDIT P.S I think I get that Frypan is a nickname now thanks

  • Emily May

    What the hell Even though I have sometimes enjoyed a book and not really liked the sequel, it s very rare that I would love one and absolutely hate the other I desperately tried to finish it but I was bored, I kept getting distracted by either my family, my cats or some random fluff on the carpet so I just skim read it to the end and gave myself a basic idea of what the conclusion was I truly loved The Maze Runner, even though quite a few people found it annoying particularly the protag What the hell Even though I have sometimes enjoyed a book and not really liked the sequel, it s very rare that I would love one and absolutely hate the other I desperately tried to finish it but I was bored, I kept getting distracted by either my family, my cats or some random fluff on the carpet so I just skim read it to the end and gave myself a basic idea of what the conclusion was I truly loved The Maze Runner, even though quite a few people found it annoying particularly the protagonist and not the best written book ever I found myself dragged into the maze with them, trying to solve the mystery why are they there How do they get out Can they get out And so on But this second in the trilogy was so disappointing Thomas was even annoying, we d already lost the best character Chuck at the end of book one and the story just didn t grab me Maybe because it took me a while to get what they were meant to do cross a desert basically and when I got it I thought how lame.I just felt nothing for this novel, the characters, the plot I wanted it to end and that s never good Mostly I felt as if Dashner himself didn t know where he was going with it Where The Maze Runner was structured and clever, this story all felt a bit random and haphazard I found myself wishing that the author could have just rounded the first book off at the end and not bothered with a second installment it seemed like a money making scheme than a contribution to the overall story Plus, Thomas must be both the most boring and unrealistic character ever.Another thing that annoyed me in both books, but stood out in this one because it didn t have a gripping plot to distract me from it, is that the author tells you everything A good author knows how to show the way things are, if that makes sense, and it makes for much better writing Dashner continually tells the reader what Thomas or whoever is feeling rather than letting them realise it for themselves instead of saying something along the lines of Thomas eyes grew cloudy with suppressed tears , he would instead say Thomas was really upset And, therefore, it simply did not flow But the worst thing for me is the constant inexplicable sensing going on Countless times in the novel Thomas just knows that something is dangerous or an individual can be trusted because he gets a feeling and just how the hell does he do that There is no rational explanation for it and the author doesn t seem to be developing some sixth sense storyline as of yet It all seems a bit ridiculous to me That s why I won t be reading The Death Cure, it s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to this sequel

  • Lola  Reviewer

    How can an author start a trilogy with such a fascinating world building, create endearing and strong characters and build up suspense and intrigue inside a complex and admirable plot and then write this That s right, I m extremely disappointed in Mr Dashner How could he make Thomas so annoyingly obsessed with that annoying girl he so annoyingly has telepathic conversations with I.did.not.care.I did not care about the romance I did not want any romance Honestly, I could say I adored the fir How can an author start a trilogy with such a fascinating world building, create endearing and strong characters and build up suspense and intrigue inside a complex and admirable plot and then write this That s right, I m extremely disappointed in Mr Dashner How could he make Thomas so annoyingly obsessed with that annoying girl he so annoyingly has telepathic conversations with I.did.not.care.I did not care about the romance I did not want any romance Honestly, I could say I adored the first book, but there s one thing that irked me until the last page and that is the existence of Teresa I always thought her incongruous presence disrupted the order of things in book one along with its atmosphere But, well, I was willing leave my differences aside, for the sake of Thomas.It did not last long How could she do that I m in much disapproval with the plot I don t care if there is a reason behind what happens, and what Teresa does I still think it wasn t right and that the man who wrote The Maze Runner could have come up with a less frustrating idea This felt like a journey into nothingness that a concrete and eloquent plot It s impossible not to lose focus when reading this sequel I mean, I tried to, I tried very hard, but man does nothing of interest happen Unlike in the first book, Thomas doesn t slowly build relationships with others around him new people he meets he keeps to himself as much as he can, when Brenda and Teresa are not around and that just remove a lot of the charm I thought he once had The random people that cross his path are so dull and the dialogs even duller, therefore, my mind often simply diverged Because of that, very few secondary characters felt three dimensional to me And the setting how depressive it is an eight year old could ve imagined the pitiful setting And those monsters I really can t wait to see what they look like in the movie I m pretty sure I ll get a good laugh out of it But then again, the producers probably modified them, because come on Everyone loves Minho including myself but can I just mention how unsexy he is in this He s always shouting at people or stressing out about a thousand little things There is danger to freak over, that for sure, but couldn t the author offer us, from time to time, a side of him that s just lovely Sigh.There is some good in the story too such as the writing The writing is indeed nice.I m still going to read The Death Cure, seeing that I can t just NOT know how it ends.PS Thomas, please stop fainting We re not in the medieval ages and there aren t that many girls acknowledging your presence

  • Christina

    Sigh I don t know how to write a review for this book without it sounding like a full out rant So I guess I ll just rant.First of all, I will admit that I only have myself to blame for picking up this audio book I wasn t a fan of the first one, and yet I still decided to give The Scorch Trials a try Somehow, this one was worse than the The Maze Runner How so Let me count the ways1 Character development James Dashner deserves an award for achieving the impossible by being the first au Sigh I don t know how to write a review for this book without it sounding like a full out rant So I guess I ll just rant.First of all, I will admit that I only have myself to blame for picking up this audio book I wasn t a fan of the first one, and yet I still decided to give The Scorch Trials a try Somehow, this one was worse than the The Maze Runner How so Let me count the ways1 Character development James Dashner deserves an award for achieving the impossible by being the first author to establish negative character development I cared even less about the main characters than I did in the first book Everyone started to blend together and there was no one character with any distinguishing features Thomas Minho Newt were practically interchangeable, and I swear Teresa and Brenda were the same person Oh, I guess Jorge s dialogue was pretty memorable though in the sense that every sentence he said ended with the word muchacho I don t think it can get any stereotypical than that Putting the main characters aside, it seemed like Dashner just threw up his hands and said Oh, shuck it when it came to giving the other Gladers even a splash of personality view spoiler At the end of the book, when a bunch of the Gladers died didn t make it to the Safe Haven, Thomas thought something to the extent of, Oh well, I didn t know them very well anyway Even Thomas didn t care about these people hide spoiler 2 Writing style This is the type of book that convinces me anyone can get a book published Something about the way Dashner describes things is so offputting that it just makes me cringe The dialogue is predictable and not at all clever Emotions are for the most part relayed through phrases like Thomas was angry and Thomas didn t know why he was so frustrated Some of the descriptions were akin to a five year old s writing I distinctly remember one part where Thomas was taken aback at the sight of blood, and he called it crimson goo Let s all take a moment to reflect upon such inspired word choices.3 Storyline While the Scorch Trials are considerably action packed, they somehow don t feel substantial I couldn t put my finger on why this bothered me so much at first, but I think I ve figured it out now This book was like a YA and crappier version of the TV show LOST A series of mysterious events occur, monsters pop out of nowhere, the motives behind WICKED are unknown, memories are clouded, etc While that s all fine and dandy, the thing that s irksome is that there is no way every single one of these mysteries will be explained in the last book What was the purpose of the maze What are Grievers How do Thomas Teresa co have the ability to communicate telepathically How did WICKED choose what variables to include Why was it necessary for Thomas to be betrayed Okay, even if they re not answered in the second book fine I like suspense as much as the next person, and I enjoy guessing but if Dashner thinks he can build me up and not answer a SINGLE one of these questions, then he is delusional And if these questions ARE answered in the last book and I m totally wrong. I apologize for jumping to conclusions, Mr Dashner Maybe I shouldn t be so prematurely irritated But I seriously doubt he ll deliver 4 This entire book is pointless As in, it literally contributes nothing to the plotline It doesn t feel as if any forward progress has been made I bet if I read The Maze Runner, skipped this book, and went straight into The Death Cure, I wouldn t be missing out The important outcomes of this book can be summarized in about three sentences I feel like Dashner wrote it just to make the series a trilogy.Anyway, sorry for being a rambling Debbie Downer I feel better for getting all that out though, whew unfortunately, I m just setting myself up for self inflicted torture because I m still going to read The Death Cure I ve already made it this far, so I owe it to myself to justify the pain of reading The Scorch Trials and at least finish the damn series I mean the third book can t be worse than this one right Right

  • Thomas

    I AM SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW.I hate it when people do that Don t you just want to tell them, okay, calm down It s not like writing in caps is going to get your point across any further But I just had to, because my brain is bursting at the seams after reading The Scorch Trials.I love Thomas name I know my enthusiasm is quite unnecessary, but I ve never seen the name Thomas used for the protagonist of a book And a great one, too Now there are other references besides that darn Thomas the T I AM SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW.I hate it when people do that Don t you just want to tell them, okay, calm down It s not like writing in caps is going to get your point across any further But I just had to, because my brain is bursting at the seams after reading The Scorch Trials.I love Thomas name I know my enthusiasm is quite unnecessary, but I ve never seen the name Thomas used for the protagonist of a book And a great one, too Now there are other references besides that darn Thomas the Train and Thomas Edison boring.Anyway, this book was titillating Sometimes I felt like Dashner was purposefully being a big tease by pulling the wool over Thomas eyes one too many times, but I still loved it There was something in the book about killing someone to get food I don t think I would kill for the next book in the series, because then I d be sent to the crazy place, but I still want it really really bad REALLY, REALLY BAD Now I m doing it againNow I can do my homework in peace Hopefully I ll probably surf the web for other people s thoughts on the ending insteadUntil The Death Cure.Want to see my future reviews Follow me here

  • Mohammed Arabey

    Sorry to break the bad news ButGuys..You have to Run AgainNo no, not the maze..but here..Welcome to the new TrialAnd Thomas, Remember..WICKED is Good so shuckin Wicked , , Sorry to break the bad news ButGuys..You have to Run AgainNo no, not the maze..but here..Welcome to the new TrialAnd Thomas, Remember..WICKED is Good so shuckin Wicked , , WICKED is Good so shuckin Wicked , , , , , , WICKED , view spoiler Source Code Cube hide spoiler , Page Turner 330 , , Running From19 Oct 2014To23 Oct 2014

  • Emily Rose

    Holy klunk, this book is INSANE

  • Natalie Monroe

    Thomas, honeybunch We need to talk.What exactly happened here In the first book, you were a huge Gary Stu, yes, but you also captured my heart with your endearing awkwardness You were a confused little boy that awakened the mama bear in me and made me want to take you in my arms and squeeze you til all the insecurity is gone For the Scorch Trials, I still wanted to play the mom, but the kind that whacks you a new one so you ll sort your shit out.How the hell did you go from this To this Half Thomas, honeybunch We need to talk.What exactly happened here In the first book, you were a huge Gary Stu, yes, but you also captured my heart with your endearing awkwardness You were a confused little boy that awakened the mama bear in me and made me want to take you in my arms and squeeze you til all the insecurity is gone For the Scorch Trials, I still wanted to play the mom, but the kind that whacks you a new one so you ll sort your shit out.How the hell did you go from this To this Half the book was you mooning over Teresa and this other girl, Brenda Are you sure Nora from Crescendo didn t undergo a hostile takeover For a book that claims it s The Hunger Games for dudes, you have Paranormal Romance vibes than THG does, what with the goo goo eyes, she loves me she loves me not, and a completely unnecessary love triangle That they were safe, that he and Teresa could get to know each other again That life could be good Oddly, the thing that stood out the most to Thomas was Teresa s last name Thomas found himself hoping she was the Brenda girl Jorge had mentioned Brenda didn t take her eyes off Thomas As for him, he still felt the tingle that had shot through his entire body when she d touched him with her lips Something stirred inside him, mixed with guilt and longing for Teresa Once again, Thomas felt a ridiculous surge of guilt like he was cheating on Teresa He couldn t help that this girl was so touchy feely Teresa, Brenda, why do you even exist There s no difference between the two of you You re not characters, you re props used to further Thomas s love life That s your label Thomas Love Interest 1 and Thomas Love Interest 2 view spoiler It s apt than The Betrayer hide spoiler And both of you are impossibly gorgeous too I m against the large amount of hot male love interests in YA and I m against you too Remove the fanservice headband and grow some personality Please.Minho, babe, you were the only thing that kept me afloat in this sea of teenage hormones and mediocre writing You were a gem in the first book leader of the Runners, competent, yet you ran off during an extremely important moment That only made me love you because you were reacting exactly like an a scared teenage boy Then, you redeemed yourself further by coming back to help Thomas Here, you re the leader, the rock that keeps everyone moving Even when the people you re supposed to protect die, you push on, not allowing yourself to cry You should be the main character, not Thomas I perked up when you entered the scene, and face palmed when you departed because Thomas had to go off for bonding time It s because of you that I m going to read the last book And to find out what happens Mediocre writing and sucky romance aside, the author can spin an entertaining story.So stay alive and stay wonderful.Sincerely,A fan who s still holding out for the magic of The Maze Runner.P.S If you kill Minho for a shitty reason, I will be very unhappy Which will not end well.My review of The Kill OrderMy review of The Maze RunnerMy review of The Death Cure

  • May

    Una segunda parte de la que esperaba poco y que me ha sorprendido gratamente Me ha gustado bastante, aunque no tanto como El corredor del laberinto.Eso s , veo algunos cabos sueltos y personajes que no han evolucionado nada Con ganas de leer el tercero ya

  • Laz

    WICKED is good Nah.Where should I begin Firstly, this was by no means as good as the first book The first book was a mix of thrill and adventure and the mystery surrounding everything was something that gave the chills On the other hand, the second novel failed to give me the goosebumps and I would sometimes lose interest The storyline felt dragged on and phase two was a boiled potato I felt like Mr Dashner put all the characters and had them running around like pigs for nothing It kind WICKED is good Nah.Where should I begin Firstly, this was by no means as good as the first book The first book was a mix of thrill and adventure and the mystery surrounding everything was something that gave the chills On the other hand, the second novel failed to give me the goosebumps and I would sometimes lose interest The storyline felt dragged on and phase two was a boiled potato I felt like Mr Dashner put all the characters and had them running around like pigs for nothing It kind of got on my nerves and frustrated the hell out of me.The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because it finally picked up on the last 70 pages or so and happened in those pages than the rest of the book Although, I still feel baffled and the mystery has gotten old.The characters, well, they re an add to the story I love Mihno, Newt and Thomas, when he is not complaining I love their conversations and I really laugh with them and their Glader words The Betrayal plot might appeal to you, the author managed to pull that off nicely and managed to distance two characters, completely The ending Confusing as hell I mean alright, I love me some tight cliffhanger but this one was a bit too baffling for me to handle Why does Mr Dashner want to perplex the storyline even I want to get down to the core of it and I want to finally find out what it is they re doing all those things for