Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

Tom, something’s wrong.
That was how it started. He heard her say those three words, but it seemed from far away, as if they were spoken down a long and cluttered tunnel. . . .
Something disappeared from inside him. A presence, a lump of feeling, a weight that had been bleeding through his every inch. There one instant, gone the next. He felt as if a major organ had just been ripped from his body.
It was her. She was gone.
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In this second book in the Maze Runner series, Thomas and the Gladers think they’re safe. Think the games and the puzzles are over. But when they find out they’re still a part of the Trials, they realize that the Maze was the easy part.

I was a big fan of the first book in this series, The Maze Runner. And this one was great too. These are great “boy books,” especially for the reluctant reader. It’s action, action, action. Even when the book goes slower, you’re still learning crucial information, so it’s never boring.

That said, I do think these books can appeal to girls too. Although if you’re easily grossed out, I may suggest passing on this series. Dashner has an amazing imagination, but sometimes it gets downright gruesome. But aside from that, this book develops more of Thomas’s and Theresa’s story and introduces a new girl character, Brenda. The “romance” is enough to appeal to girls and not turn away boys.

Something that I both like and dislike is that I can never seem to guess what’s going to happen next. I was kept on my toes just like the characters. There were times, however, when I really wished I could even begin to guess what was going on. I’m the kind of reader that likes to come up with theories about what’s happening, but there were times when I was frustrated because I felt like I couldn’t even begin to figure out the puzzle. Though I have to say it was refreshingly not predictable.

So if you’re looking for a very exciting book that’s difficult to put down, definitely read this one.

*news about the scorch trials*

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Sequels: The Maze Runner (Book #1); The Death Cure (Book #3, coming Oct 2011)
Similar books: Hunger Games Trilogy


*for writers*

Agent: Michael Bourret from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

A Page from James Dashner’s Book: Thomas is stuck in these trials by WICKED and he has to use the people around him to help him reach his goal, but that doesn’t mean he can always trust them. Dashner did a great job at making Thomas, and the reader, question who he can trust. The trust doesn’t come automatically. It’s a great example of keeping situations of trust realistic. If your character is going through something difficult, maybe the trust comes slowly, even if the character wants to trust someone else.


About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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