Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

July 14, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Published by Delacorte Press on 2010 October 12
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 360
Format: Hardbound
Source: Purchased
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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.


After the electrifying events in the Maze Runner, how could I take a rest without immediately reading the sequel? I was like competing in a race against myself to flip those pages and satisfy my ink lust.


The story continues with Thomas and the other surviving Gladers escaping the maze and finally enjoying a life of peace. However, that peace was short lived when a man, who is a representative of WICKED, showed up and informed them that their living days are already counted due to a deadly disease. And the only way to survive is to get the cure in the soonest possible time. Will they be able to survive the scorch trials to have the cure?

My Review

The story started off immediately where the first book ended. And it instantly gave me a ride to the world of nightmares as Thomas and his friends encountered Cranks and dead bodies. Not a pretty good morale booster after you just survived the Maze and those horrifying Grievers.

Another good thing about this book is that it does not give us any idea that it’s book filler. Here, we see a glimpse of the world where everything has fallen into devastation, where majority of the populace became the living versions of one’s nightmare. And the setting of the book, a wasteland desert with a brutal climate that would total spin your world, added a tension to the challenge Thomas and the gang have to face. Everything, the whole world, seemed to come and get you like a hurricane.

I especially liked the scene where Thomas and Brenda played hide and seek with a group of Cranks. It was terrifying and revolting when you try to imagine what would happen if these disease ridden people got hold and eat them alive.

I also love that James hinted about Thomas and Theresa’s future relationship. And it’s making me happy because although I like Theresa for being a bringer of mystery in book 1, I never did like her as a person or someone who deserves Thomas.

There are a lot of things to like about the book: Thomas’ maturity and focus, setting, plot, betrayal, loyalty between friends amidst the odds, the race against time, survival of the fittest, the thrilling scenes and the anxiety whether Thomas and the gang will succeed in getting the cure.

This novel is surely fast-paced, no drags, and definitely a page turner. If you want action, a little bit of drama, grossness, thrill in a dystopian world then this book is a must.

Are you a maze runner fan, too?

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