THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner [Review]

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains information that will spoil those who have not read The Maze Runner, the first book in the series. Though every effort is made to make this review spoiler free, there is no feasible way to do this for The Scorch Trials without bringing up key events in The Maze Runner. If you are interested in this series and haven’t read The Maze Runner, we recommend that you check out our review first. Now onto the review…

After having read The Maze Runner and its climactic ending, I couldn’t wait to get a hold of the next book in the series, The Scorch Trials. The bottom line? Dashner delivers another great, action-packed story with twists and turns that leave you wanting for more.

What Happens During The Scorch Trials?

(Last chance if you don’t want to be spoiled about The Maze Runner…)

When we last saw Thomas, he and a crew of fellow Gladers had just barely escaped the Maze and their captors. Asleep in a safe location, the survivors look forward to rejoining the outside world, but soon learn that they are far from free. WICKED, the group that created the Maze, is still holding them captive and has initiated Phase II of their experiments.

When the survivors wake up they find one of their own missing, replaced by a boy with disturbing news for them all. WICKED wants Thomas and the other Maze survivors to make their way across the Scorch, a desolate expanse inhabited by those infected with a horrible disease known as the Flare. Survive the trip and they will finally be safe, but WICKED has made sure to throw new surprises in the groups’ path as part of the experiment.

What I Thought About The Scorch Trials
I thought this was an excellent sequel and was in many ways better than The Maze Runner. The opening of the book captures your attention immediately while we see Thomas and the Gladers dealing with the sudden changes in their environment. Once they set across the Scorch, the story becomes an action packed race against time that will leave you breathless in the end.

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. The story takes a number of twists and turns that affect Thomas to the breaking point, and leaves you guessing as to what will happen next.

Will Thomas and his friends survive the Scorch? Who is the new boy and how is he connected to Thomas and Teresa? Why is WICKED experimenting on these children? Find out the answers in The Scorch Trials and let me know what you think in the comments.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers | Pages: 368 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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  • K.C.

    When I read the beginning of the Scorch Trials, I couldn’t help but think that James Dashner was “shuckin'” with my head and emotions, but I kind of figured from the way the story unfolded in the first novel that Dashner would not give me a break. Sure enough, I was right with the said “rescue.” I didn’t like the sneaky curve balls that Dashner threw in (mostly because it just completely ruined all hope I had in Teresa, little whore-slut.) The craziness and insanity that is this book made it completely awesome to the infinity degree.