The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Maze Runner Series (Book 2)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
Genre: Science fiction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
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.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
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.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
This book picks right up where The Maze Runner left off, starts with a bang, and doesn’t stop until you’ve turned the last page. It was similar to the first book in that the boys are tossed into another “test” and told to survive. It was a lot different because this test is so different than the Maze. I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, but it was still an addicting, heart pounding read.
We are introduced to some new characters, none of which I really grew to like. I also grew to dislike some of the old characters, but that was a natural byproduct of the twists, betrayals, and unexpected events. Brenda was especially difficult for me to like, but I have a feeling she will be sticking around for the third book.
If you read The Maze Runner and liked it, you will most like this book too. If you haven’t read this series, start with the first book. It’s definitely a series worth reading!