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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)

What listeners say about The Scorch Trials

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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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  • 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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  • Aurora
  • 2017-02-23

Performance is incredible, story can be slow

There were a few times I wanted to abandon this book in the beginning half, due to all the terrible things that happened. However, the performance was great and the distinct characters are played so well.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-10

I just finished the series...

overall I enjoyed the Maze Runner series. this book however was my least favorite. it felt as if Dashner was just plodding through this one to get to Death Cure. I'm glad I read it in the end... it introduced a few new characters like Rat Man and a few others that are involved in Death Cure.
The relationship between Tom and the Gladers kinda falls away in this book which is disappointing.
If you enjoyed the first book, the Maze Runner, stick it out through Scorch Trials, in the end you'll be glad you did.

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  • Anna Bogue
  • 2015-12-04

love this book

the reader is very active and keeps your attention the whole time. he creates a voice with every character and you can picture it vividly in your mind.

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  • Ezekiel McPherson
  • 2015-12-01

Amazing! Thrilling!

I was on the edge of my seat. I actually verbally cheered at the end. Awesome narration too complete with pleasant voices. These characters are more dear to me than those in the movie! Download it now! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  • Noell
  • 2015-11-12

Scorching good listen... but...

Definitely better than the first. love the twists...although I felt like it turned Hunger Games almost when Group B got involved, like a twisted version of "Capture the Flag" when they got to the Safe Haven. Considering I saw the movie before I read the book, I must say that I can see why they changed certain things. Will be interesting to see what the next one brings.
As far as shipping goes, definitely Brenda and Thomas. Not a huge fan of Teresa- no matter how she tried she really could not justify her behavior.
LOVED Jorge- kind of wish he was more crazy in the movie. Definitely recommend this series. The one thing I am a little iffy on is the narrator himself: he did a good job, but when it came to doing the girl voices I he was 'eh'. Otherwise, amazing.

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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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  • 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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