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

74%

45 Critic Reviews

Dashner has not failed to disappoint on this fine occasion, and I shall be waiting for the movie release eagerly.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The second book in the blockbuster phenomenon The Maze Runner series now features chapters from The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated conclusion to the MAZE RUNNER SERIES—the novel that finally reveals 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 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 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
 

About James Dashner

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JAMES DASHNER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series as well as the books in the 13th Reality series and Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time. He was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Delacorte Press. 394 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Scorch Trials
All: 45 | Positive: 37 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 15 2010

Taut and bleak, continually intriguing and surprising, this is a solid sequel that keeps both Thomas and readers wondering what is really going on.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 11 2017

Though some facts are teased out, the narrative bogs down under the weight of unanswered questions. What is the purpose of torturing these kids? How is making them into killers ensuring the survival of the world?

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by ellathebookworm on Dec 22 2014

Dashner has not failed to disappoint on this fine occasion, and I shall be waiting for the movie release eagerly.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Marie Petruzzi on Jan 14 2017

This book will keep you reading and wondering what will happen next as Thomas faces betrayals, battles his own demons and tries to survive the tortures prepared for him and his friends.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Oct 12 2010

This unrelentingly thrilling plot is the very definition of a page-turner (with yet another heart-stopping cliffhanger ending). Readers will wonder with Thomas about the true nature of WICKED, his previous life, The Flare, mysterious tattoos, female motivations, and much more.

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Deseret News

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Harrison on Oct 09 2010

There are twists and turns and plenty of battles to satisfy fans...With "The Scorch Trials," Dashner has amped up the suspense, leaving readers aching for answers — and a final book.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jan 14 2017

Hopefully answers are forthcoming in volume three. In any case, fans who are already hooked will gobble this down, particularly those who don't mind anemic female characters and a high body count.

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Fantasy Literature

Below average
Reviewed by Bill Capossere on Sep 09 2015

...a relatively mediocre YA that has a certain action appeal but that doesn’t stand up very well under a close eye and won’t satisfy those looking for more depth of character or world-building.

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Portland Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Emily Davis on Nov 05 2012

Teenagers who enjoyed The Maze Runner, or who have an interest in post-apocalyptic, action-packed science fiction cannot pass up this trilogy! As a high school teacher, I occasionally have a difficult time getting my teenage students to read, but Dashner has gripped the attention of my reluctant readers; boys and girls alike.

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The Young Folks

Good
Reviewed by Luciana Villalba on Mar 03 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, more character development this time, excellent description of the places and people had me wondering “Whoa if they ever make a movie of this I wonder how are they going do it in the big screen”. Mr James Dashner, I want to know everything already.

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Kepler's

Good
Reviewed by Angela M. on Jan 14 2017

I could not put The Scorch Trials down. I sat up late into the night, holding my breath, trying to work out where the plot was going. It manages to stay as scary, exciting, and unpredictable as The Maze Runner, introducing some great new characters, and leaving you wanting the next book RIGHT NOW.

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Wovenmyst

Excellent
Reviewed by Valerie on Sep 02 2011

Wow. What a thrill ride book two of these series offers the reader! After all the trials in book one, it’s not over yet...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Andrew.Harmsway on Feb 08 2017

The scorch trials is a book that draws you in. It starts by having a good beginning then from there its just keeps getting better.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by _KTLS_ on Jan 16 2017

Maze read like it was Dashner’s first novel, but his writing style definitely improved and become much smoother from the second to the first. Scorch also moves much more quickly, and I never felt bored as I was reading it, as I had frequently with the first book. However, Dashner still leaves the reader wanting more – too much, in fact.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by AlaNova on Jan 16 2017

...the Cranks…oh, the Cranks. They took the book to a completely different tone to what had been set up in the first; personally, I wasn’t quite able to embrace the change.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by ChristianLedezma on Oct 03 2014

The book does not contain a happy ending, but it does a great job in leading the story towards the next book, The Death Cure. Overall The Scorch Trials is an interesting book that keeps the reader captivated and looking forward to the next book in the series.

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That's What She Read

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 11 2011

As this is the reader’s first true exposure to the world outside of the Maze, one does not have a good grasp on this world to be able to predict anything that may happen. This anticipation makes the wait for the third novel seem endless!

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Rhapsody in Books

Above average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Jan 24 2011

...personally, I prefer my dystopias with a lot more characterization, a lot more social commentary, and no zombies whatsoever.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Jan 16 2017

This second installment in The Maze Runner trilogy is as compelling as its predecessor. Readers will root for Thomas and the Gladers throughout this fast-paced dystopian read that also offers a hint of romance.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Felicia S on Aug 18 2014

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner took The Maze Runner and ratcheted it up a notch! So if you liked The Maze Runner (and really you should read that book) then you will like The Scorch Trials.

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Reading for Sanity

Good
Reviewed by MindySue on Apr 25 2012

A meatier read than its predecessor, it paints a terrifying dystopian future and provokes moral questions without being preachy.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Above average
Reviewed by April on Nov 02 2010

the plot of The Scorch Trials by James Dashner is like a roller coaster ride, you think you are coasting, but turns out, you are about to get dropped down a huge hill or do some corkscrews.

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Kelli on Jan 14 2011

One of my complaints about The Maze Runner was that there was a lack of love story. The Scorch Trials, while far from being a book about love, did have more of a romantic element to it.

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Book Equals

Good
on Jan 16 2017

In addition to the great storyline, I also enjoyed the different elements Dashner used to heighten the tension. The obstacles and monsters the Gladers face during their quest are even more terrifying than from the first book.

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JulzReads

Above average
on Jun 27 2014

Though I did not like the second installment as much as the first, I am admittedly very curious to see how the whole thing wraps up.

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My Books. My Life.

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Feb 28 2011

Despite anxiously awaiting the book, I didn’t get to it right away and I started and stopped a lot in the beginning. But once I got about halfway, I was hooked. The Scorch Trials is fast-paced, full of impossible tasks and characters you can’t help but cheer for.

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Stacked

Below average
Reviewed by Kimberly Francisco on Nov 19 2010

...although we learned a bit more about WICKED and the changed world that these characters now inhabited, it wasn’t enough to satisfy me. But in the end, it is a middle book in a trilogy, and a journey across a scorched land is part for the course.

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Reading Teen

Excellent
Reviewed by Austin on Jan 16 2017

This book is a constant ride that makes you mad at yourself for stopping, or mad at your mom for making you stop.

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Book Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Giselle on Jun 21 2012

Wow! If I had an imagination like James Dashner, I’d be a writer as well! This book has mystery written all over it. (pun intended) I could not guess as to why WICKED planned anything!

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Books And Movies

Excellent
Reviewed by CarrieK on Oct 19 2010

So, a 5-star read it is. But, Mr. Dashner, the bar for book three has been set very high! And, please, don’t make us wait too long.

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Pages Unbound

Below average
on Feb 09 2012

The trilogy has much potential to raise important questions about ethics and morality, and whether or not the ends can ever justify the means, but Dashner has yet to suggest he means to address them.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Nov 24 2010

Just read these, I promise you'll like them (especially if you're a teenage boy). This series isn't The Hunger Games or Chaos Walking, but it's a great little action-packed series that's a very good addition to the dystopian area of YA fiction.

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Pure Imagination

Good
on Nov 04 2010

James Dashner has pulled off a sequel that is packed full of nail-biting suspense and terrifying edge of your seat action. If you loved The Maze Runner you won’t be disappointed!

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Wicked Awesome Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Nikki on Oct 20 2010

The Scorch Trials is a jaw-dropping thriller filled with the most insane and unexpected twists. Dashner will blow your mind with everything that WICKED puts the Gladers through...

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Mrs. Jensen's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by cri-kee on Jan 15 2012

I absolutely loved reading this book and loved the way it was written. I will definitely read it again in the future. It kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat.

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In Search of the End of the Sidewalk

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Ross on Jan 27 2012

In this trilogy, the follow up, The Scorch Trials, does an admirable job living up to the expectations. I couldn’t stop turning pages, eager to find out what was to become of this group of hardy survivors and the manipulative government agency that controls them.

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Emily's Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Emily on Jan 18 2011

I really enjoyed the book, and I know that reluctant readers (especially boys) will love the series.

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Midnight Bloom Reads

Good
on Oct 13 2011

...I have even more questions to be solved! I can't wait to see how James Dashner will finish the trilogy when The Death Cure is released!

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Knight Reader Blog

Good
on Mar 31 2011

You know something really bad is happening, but you just can’t look away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. I can tell you, though, that I am now eagerly waiting on the third (and final?) book in this trilogy...

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Lavender Lines

Above average
on Nov 24 2010

When I read The Maze Runner, I wasn’t really impressed with it. At all. Except for the last chapter. I knew that I was going to enjoy The Scorch Trials much, much more. There’s just a lot more interesting things going on in this book.

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The Teen Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Hayden on Jul 06 2015

The plot, for the most part, held onto its bearings and didn't go all haywire (*cough* book three), although things do start to get a bit implausible here.

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http://thebookmonsters.com

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Reviewed by Kristen on Feb 09 2017

WICKED is as ominous as ever, pulling invisible strings in the background and making you unsure of the main characters as well as the supporting one. Final Verdict: Fans of a more horrific dystopian series will enjoy Dashner's The Maze Runner series.

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Good
Reviewed by Kate on Jan 17 2017

The Scorch Trials is a great addition to the series… even though I feel like I am still at square one in figuring out the big picture. Yes, parts of this novel frustrated me beyond belief… but I think that is the beauty of the novel.

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Breathless Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Haley G on Aug 22 2014

The Scorch Trials didn’t wow me, but I still enjoyed it. I love the characters Minho and Newt the most, but Thomas is a good main character.

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Eating YA Books

Good
Reviewed by Jan von Harz on May 26 2010

This is the sequel to The Maze Runner, an exciting dytopian novel that had me on the edge of my seat all the way to its cliff hanger end.

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This book is more action and more intense than the first book. I highly enjoyed this one, maybe even more than the first.

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