5 stars · dystopia · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dasher [also wrote The Maze Runner]

Pages [hardcover]: 360

Memorable Quote: “Rose took my nose, I suppose.”

First Thoughts: I absolutely loved The Maze Runner, and can’t wait to read this sequel! The conspiracy thickens, and more twists and turns are in store!

Favorite Characters: Minho & Newt


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?


This has to be one of the best puzzling/conspiracy/dystopian books I’ve ever read. The characters are interesting and well thought out, the plot thickens with every page, and as soon as I think I’ve figured it all out, something goes haywire and I find out just how wrong I am. I love novels that keep me on my toes!

The original concept of this book is amazing. Something that could easily be overdone, such as the government conspiracy, is given in a new light, definitely refreshing and interesting. Even when it verged on becoming ‘typical’ there was something added to keep me quickly turning the pages.

One aspect of the book I didn’t really like was that sometimes the writing style annoyed me. Not enough to detract from enjoying the book but just enough so that I noticed it. Usually when I read I don’t want to remember that I’d reading something someone else came up with-I want to be sucked into that world. An awkward writing style can detract from that.

I’ll definitely be anxiously awaiting the third and final book to this trilogy, which is released this fall. The Scorch Trials ends on an enormous cliff-hanger, which annoys me to no end. xD I give it 5/5 stars; this trilogy is definitely worth reading!


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