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  • The Scorch Trials

  • Maze Runner, Book 2
  • Written by: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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The Scorch Trials

Written by: James Dashner
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! 

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.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018. 

Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series! 

Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick 

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost." (EW

"Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed." (Newsday)

"[A] nail-biting must-read." (Seventeen

"Breathless, cinematic action." (Publishers Weekly)

"Heart pounding to the very last moment." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Exclamation-worthy." (Romantic Times)

"James Dashner's illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series." (Shelf Awareness, Starred)

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." (Deseret News)

©2010 James Dashner (P)2010 Listening Library

What the critics say

"The Gladers meet new friends and enemies on their quest, and Deakins shows his skill by providing each of the speakers with a distinctive accent. Listeners will be eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy." ( AudioFile)

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I think it's a great book but there is lack of detail and also few off parts.

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loved it

made me think and got me really excited for your last book I'm super happy with all of the books so far you did and awesome job

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I loved it

This book was so good I like how it ties in with the first book in the way that there’s another challenge for them to face like the maze I definitely recommend this book.

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Interesting but frustrating

Exciting and very action packed story, though sometimes repetitive and unmemorable at times. It was incredibly frustrating for Thomas and friends to leave the Maze in the first novel only to be immediately thrown into a similar situation. It made the victory of the first book feel meaningless and unsatisfying. Every time Thomas would stop to re-tell the events of the first novel to every character he tries to convince to help them became duller than the previous. Thomas' lack of knowledge and awareness was very exciting and suspenseful in the Maze Runner and through the early parts of this book, but became incredibly annoying as this novel continued. While this drives you to keep reading, I feel like it's only effective to a certain degree. When every event ends with no questions answered, the satisfaction I'm hoping for is not found and it becomes harder to stay interested. As a reader, there is only so much patience I have for being kept in the dark for two entire novels. Some elements of this novel were well imagined though. I particularly loved the light bulb creatures. Very dark and desperate, which was engaging in it's own way. As an adult, I'm tortured by how young these children are, especially when they commit murder and experience other acts of senseless violence. I remember when I first read this series as a kid, this didn't bother me nearly as much because I didn't understand. The novel is very action focused. It does not do much to explore each candidate as a person. This makes them less human and relatable. It is hard to feel particularly sad when they are killed off, where as 20 children dying should really be a huge tragedy. I feel desensitized after reading this book. Teresa's "betrayal" also felt superficial and was not very emotionally impactful to me as a reader, no matter how distressing it may have been to Thomas. Dashner does not do a good job at writing female characters. Overall, I enjoyed the adventure this novel took me on. But I think there are also many problematic elements in it that we must acknowledge as an audience.
The audiobook adaptation was very enjoyable though. Some character accents were a little hard to listen to. Overall, very engaging voice and reading.

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it was far better than the movie it was so great

it is amazing this was an amazing thriller and the twist near the end was great

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The Scorch Trials.

I really enjoyed the book and the narrator is awesome. Audio books are wonderful. I'm hooked!

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Lots of Twists

I think I may have enjoyed this book more than the first. Lots of twists and turns, it was mostly unpredictable.

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Wow

Amazing! I thought I could never feel the strong emotions I felt when reading a book by just listening to the story, a mixing performance

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  • Paul
  • 2010-11-07

Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries

Who will survive the Scorch Trials? This book literally begins right where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers believe they have escaped WICKED and are beginning a new life but those who read the epilogue from The Maze Runners know that WICKED actually has the Gladers right where they want them.

If you enjoyed The Maze Runner then you will love The Scorch Trials.

The narrator Mark Deakins does a great job; if you enjoyed him in The Maze Runner then you will enjoy him in The Scorch Trials. He brings life and personality to each individual character.

This book does contain more graphic content than The Maze Runner, if you did not like descriptions of the final battle between the Gladers and the Grievers then you will probably not enjoy portions of this book.

I enjoyed this book and cannot what for the third installment.

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  • Sam M.
  • 2014-07-30

Not a great story but a decent time waster.

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First off I'll say that I've listened to the first two maze runner books and just downloaded the third. This is great listening material for keeping your mind busy while performing other tedious tasks where you don't need to pay full attention to the book. It's also great for a bus ride home from work. It is not a great piece of literature.

Dashners writing is pretty bad. I've created a drinking game where you take a shot every time he makes a bad analogy "It was as if...." But I ended up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Don't try that game with hard liquor. Was there no editor here to tell him "James, come on. Just describe the situation as it is, you don't need to compare it to something else every single time."

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  • molly
  • 2014-06-23

Predictable to a fault

What disappointed you about The Scorch Trials?

Some point in my education experience I had a professor say that nonfiction writing should never be surprising and should always lead the reader to expect what is coming, this is how this book was written. Ever twist that was suppose to be exciting and a surprise I could see a mile a way, and i don't think I could be possibly that good at guessing.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Dashner again?

The Maze Runner was okay, but also a bit predictable. I would like to get my hands on a different series by this author to see if his other work is any better

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

The narrator did a perfectly fine job, but predictable story lines can't be jazzed up with a good voice actor.

What character would you cut from The Scorch Trials?

Thomas the main character in this story could die in this series and I wouldn't care, he is always in panic mode so we never see him, THE MAIN CHARACTER grow beyond better coping sadly.

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Very disappointed I wasted my time and money on this paint by numbers story.

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  • Leah
  • 2011-02-16

Agreed! Left me hanging...

After I read the reviews I wondered how I would feel. Well I felt the same...The poor kids go through so much and at the end still no answers and let down starts all over again. I sure hope the 3rd installment clears up concerns and does not just drag out more 'trails'.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2010-12-26

Stick with it till the end

O.K. So, the beginning of the book had me worried. It felt like Dashner was trying way too hard to make it action packed and mysterious. It was just too much too fast, but once the story slowed down a bit, everything that made "The Maze Runner" great reappeared. It's not quite as good as the first book, but still a quality story full of questions. I can only hope that after all this build up the third book is a satisfying ending that supplies some answers.

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  • Ryan
  • 2015-05-13

A quality follow up to the Maze Runner

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The Scorch Trials was an interesting second installment of the Maze Runner series. Overall I enjoyed it. The book follows the same general story line of the first, with Thomas and his fellow Gladers trying to survive and understand the strange world they find themselves in.

The book did contribute more information to the overall storyline, but it mostly just leaves the reader with more questions than answers, which I expected from a trilogy. But I'm beginning to feel like James Dashner says a lot in these books without really saying a lot - the main questions of the book are never really answered. Instead the author skirts around the issue and doesn't give the reader any resolutions. But that's being nit-picky. The book was entertaining and that's why I bought it.

As usual, Mark Deakins was great with his narration. (Although I still don't know why he gives Newt an Irish accent!?)

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  • Michael
  • 2015-02-25

An excited start that quickly fell into drudgery.

In which the strong, smart, and initiative main protagonist we enjoyed in the first book reverts into a moody hormonal preteen.
Seemingly refusing to use his cream-of-the-crop brain for anything other than being abysmally confused, making unbearably tactless social decisions, and falling unconscious CONSTANTLY.
The action was good when there was action, but most of it happening at or near Thomas while he has some sort of emotional breakdown rather than taking any affirmative action.
I'll leave it at that and just say I had a lot of problems with this sequel. It will be a while before I read the finale after reading ahead on its own reviews.

The narration was absolutely fantastic, great consistency with believable voices.

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  • Franceska
  • 2014-03-26

Not as good as Maze Runner but still gripping

Only downside was the main character, Thomas who seemed to be only focused on his romances during disasters. That got a bit tiresome. The story otherwise was fascinating and I couldn't stop once I'd started listening. Not as exciting as the first in the series but still just as gripping though I found I liked the character, Newt which is why I won't read the third in the series. I love the visual pictures I got in this series. The monsters and the landscape descriptions were brilliant!

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  • Cordell Hoffer
  • 2018-02-23

Way better than the movie

Loved it! Far better than the movie. And drastically different. Can’t wait to start the next book.

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  • Melinda
  • 2015-08-29

Zombies? Ugh...

I really loved the first book. Once I got into this one and found out The Flare was a zombie disease...I almost returned the book. I was discouraged by how main stream of an approach was taken. Over all I gave this book 3 stars, only a couple of times did I have the urge to never stop listening. Mostly though I was a bit bored.

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