Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by: James Dashner

Release Date: October 12, 2010
from Delacorte
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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 Thoughts:

So I’m pretty sure this book gave me more questions than answers and the ending left me cranky because of reasons, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. This really is a cool dystopian world and I do enjoy trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

Thomas is a great MC and I really love reading from his perspective. He is a great character and the kind of character it is very easy to root for. It’s amazing how much he has been though and how he continues to persevere. I also love Newt and I really missed him in this one and wish he had gotten more page time. Then we have Teresa who was a character I LOVED, so if you’ve read the book I’m sure you know I’m not thrilled with some of the developments concerning her character. That was probably my biggest struggle with the book. I was so frustrated with the things surrounding her. Also, the kinda sorta love triangle wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but whatever. The other thing that got to me a bit was that it did feel like a filler book in parts. Sure we moved along and got some answers, BUT there were aspects that felt repetitive to me. As a whole I liked the story and I found myself listening at every chance I got. I mean… its bananas and so much is going on. It’s just when I think back on it, I wish more had developed in the answer department.

The audio for this one is awesome. Mark Deakins is great and does a fantastic job with all of the different character voices. I’m always engaged and hooked.

The Scorch Trials is a good follow up to The Maze Runner. While I enjoyed the first book more, I still really enjoyed this one as well and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.


  1. *hugs* I was pretty upset with the direction Teresa went myself. I just didn't understand. LOL. I hated the love triangle too.I'm glad you liked this one as a whole though!

    1. Yeah... I was soo mad with how Teresa's story went and then more mad at Thomas' reaction!

  2. I read the first and liked it okay, but haven't continued. Glad to hear that you enjoyed even if left with questions and not quite as good as the 1st.

  3. Yeah, I think I'll stick to the movies for this series. I just never got into the books for some reason. Good to know you enjoy it despite this not being as good as the first book.

  4. Oh, I love good audio. More questions, though...more waiting.


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