Review: “The Scorch Trials” – James Dashner

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Review: “The Scorch Trials” – James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
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Published on: October 12th 2010
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Maze Runner series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series via the links below:

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

The Maze Runner (movie review)


(summary from Goodreads)

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.

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

I loved The Maze Runner, and I was very interested to see how the story and the world building was going to develop in this book now our characters are out of the maze and in the big bad world.

The excitement of having absolutely no idea what was going to happen was one of my favourite things about this book (and the series so far). I never knew who to trust, who was good or who was bad. I thought I figured out something only for that idea to be shoot down the in next chapter. The illusion of safety is repeatedly yanked from under us and I found myself frustrated in the best way possible. James Dashner, you’re such a tease … and I love it!

What comes after the maze? The Scorch Trials of course, and what are the Scorch Trials? Well I can’t tell you that, but they are deadly, dangerous and just totally terrifying! To tell you even the smallest detail would be to give away too much, but if you thought the Gladers went through bad times in the maze, then you’re going to feel even worse for them now they are out! The world building in this book is incredible and I couldn’t get enough of it, I wanted to know every single detail of this deadly world and thankfully that was exactly what James Dashner gave us.

“They called you the Glue”
“The Glue?”
“Yeah. Probably because you’re kind of the glue that holds us all together”

I really love our group of characters in this series. I guess being put in a maze surrounded by monsters that want to eat you could bring people together, but they are just so much more then that. Friendships really are tested in this book as the group is put against some pretty horrifying obstacles and it’s hard for them to remember who the real enemy is as they fight between themselves. Some of the characters really change now they are out of the maze and you are constantly unsure of who it is you should be trusting.

Just like The Maze Runner this book was full of action. I think myheart was constantly beating a hundred miles an hour! You can’t be prepared for anything with this book, we don’t see it coming. So when it does happen it’s just … wow. The level of detail Dashner gave was perfect and I could see the whole thing unfolding in my mind. I could feel the heat of the scorch, I could see the broken world they had been dropped into, I could feel their fear at even the thought of Wicked.

“Sometimes I wonder,” Thomas murmured.
“Wonder what?”
“If being alive matters. If being dead might be a lot easier.”


Final Thoughts

If you read The Maze Runner and are hoping that you will have all your questions answered in this book, then you are right. But you will also be given a hell of a lot more! Such a great sequel and really gets us readers excited for whats going to come next!

Re-Readability: Yes

I would recommend this book to fans of: James Dashner, The Maze Runner, dystopian worlds, teenagers who are meant to save the world, strong character friendships, books that leave you with lots of questions, the Hunger Games Trilogy

Have you read any of The Maze Runner trilogy? Who is your favourite character?

Which scene from this book are you most excited to see in the Scorch Trials film?


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3 Responses to “Review: “The Scorch Trials” – James Dashner”

  1. John Payne

    I’ll definitely get to reading that soon. I’ve read the first one and I could tell it was setting us up for bigger and even better things to come. Can’t wait to see how the characters change over the next chapter of the series.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      As quoted from the book “the maze was just the start”, there is so much more to come and I would definitely recommend you finishing this trilogy. One of my absolute favourites! Thanks for checking out my review 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    AHHHH I’M SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED THAT YOU LIKE THIS SERIES TOO! :DD Almost everyone I hear of loathes it and I don’t get it?! IT’s so exciting! And the characters are ADORABLE (I love Thomas, Newt, and Minho the best. <3) and there are sooo many questions and I just can never put these books down when I'm reading! 😀 I'm really excited for The Fever Code too. Oh oh and I love how you can never trust anyone. It just makes so many QUESTIONS.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!