Jan 30, 2015

Review -- The Scorch Trials

10193699The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback, bought

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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.

My Review:
I was a little afraid of this book. I have heard from a couple people that they thought this book was really slow and drawn out. I felt that way slightly already in the first book, so I really didn't want to have that feeling again for the rest of the series.

I am happy because that was not the case for me. I liked this book a lot better than the first one. I already really enjoyed the first book, but this one blew it out of the water in my mind. There was so much more depth to it all. I felt like the author got more into the story and where he wanted it to go and let it pour out of his mind. It flowed so well and made it a quick easy read.

I devoured this book in a couple days, even with New Years going on, I had to finish it. I definitely can't wait to get to the 3rd and final book of the trilogy. I know there is a little prequel but I don't plan to read it. I am sticking with the original trilogy.

I felt like Thomas really came out in the book. He grew up so much just from being in the maze and he grew up even more in this book. He had even more stuff thrown at him and he still managed to try to do things to help others not just himself.

Teresa has lost some of my trust. I was fully on her team, but after everything, I really don't know what to think. I am hoping for it to all be cleared up more in the 3rd book so I can really finalize my opinion. You don't see her much in this book, it was pretty much all about Thomas in this book. You still do have her in little bits though and she throws you off completely.

Dashner does a wonderful job with the personalities of this book as well. No matter who was thrown into the pages, he managed to give you a good description that made them seem human, not just someone that was made up. He definitely has a talent for character development.

There was quite a bit more darkness in this book as well. The first book had things happen with the grievers, but this one had stuff going all over the place. Death is very prevalent and it can make you feel sad since they are all children.

I am happy the trilogy keeps getting better and I have high hopes for the next one!


  1. I love the book! I, likewise, also thought that this book was wayyy better than the first one, much more challenging and filled with adrenaline. Teresa was one of my favourite character at first but it gets confusing in the end. I love your review, thanks for sharing! Hope you like the last one! :)

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

    1. Thank you! I heard so many say they didn't like this one as much so it is nice to know I am not the only one to love it more!!!

  2. Reading your review makes me hopeful that The Scorch Trials will be better than the Maze Runner since I largely enjoyed TMR as well!!! Love this review!!!

    1. It was definitely my favorite of the trilogy!! I loved Death Cure too, but not like this one!!


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