The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner.  When I read The Maze Runner I remember not being really blown away.  This book I enjoyed a lot more and I’m more interested in the final book than I was after finishing the first.

Book Stats

360 pages

Science Fiction

Sequel to The Maze Runner


The main character from the first book is also the main character of this book.  Thomas and the other Gladers have escaped from the Maze and are quickly thrown into another strange situation.  All of the characters in this book are teenagers, and I think that Dashner does a good job of showing that they’re still kids.  The characters work well overall, even though the only real growth is in their figuring out what is going on around them.


Outside of the Glade and the Maze, the Gladers at first are in a dorm room area, they meet a very strange man and then are transported to the Scorch, an area that is a barren wasteland that we later find out is probably somewhere around present day Mexico.


Thomas & Co. are given orders from a strange man that they have to go through a portal and then travel 100 miles north to get to a safe haven where they will be rescued and given a cure for the Flare, a strange disease that is holding most of humanity hostage.  This book follows their journey through the scorched land as they continue to find out what is going on with the world around them.


The first book was decent, but this one was far more enjoyable.  In the first one I don’t really remember any sense of what caused the Gladers to be in their situation, but in this book you get a lot more backstory with what happened to the world and why they have been put into the difficult situations they have faced.  It’s also interesting to see that several of the characters we’re following had a large part to play in setting up the trials that they themselves are currently going through.  This book does a much better job than the first one of unfolding the mystery of what exactly is going on with the world, and I’m looking forward to the third one, I might even have to pick it up in hardcover rather than waiting for the paperback as I did with this book.

Overall Grade

Not perfect, but an interesting way to unfold the mystery of what is happening to the world in this series.  I’m looking forward to the third book.


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