The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials

Book - 2010
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After surviving horrific conditions in the Maze, Thomas is entrapped, along with nineteen other boys, in a scientific experiment designed to observe their responses and gather data believed to be essential for the survival of the human race.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385738750
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 21, 2017

Very macabre at parts, definitely only for those 13 years and older (even then it is scary). Overall an intriguing, enjoyable read. The only thing that I don't like is the savage describing of the gruesome deaths/injuries of certain people. [insert shudder here]

Nov 27, 2017

Much different than the movie. Still, very exciting as the Gladers make their way through the Scorch.

Nov 10, 2017

love the first book can't wait to read it

Nov 06, 2017

This book is a fast-moving sequel to Maze Runner. The characters are well-developed and the plot is interesting.

Jul 18, 2017

Amazing book with lots of romance and action. The author did a great job of making you want to know what will happen next, so good that I could never put the book down. It gives a bit about Thomas's old life and you learn a lot about group B. It made up to be be a great story.

sarahbru17 Jul 06, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Oh man, this book just grabbed me by the front of the shirt and yanked me through the whole thing.
The mystery from the first book is still there; we still don’t know who Thomas is, or what WICKED is doing, or how any of these trials will help save humanity. This mystery is such a powerful driving force in reading this series, and I’m dying to understand it all.
Some of the images were pretty disturbing, which was simultaneously admirable because of how well they were written and how they added to the intensity of the plot, but also made it unenjoyable at some points (however, they were completely appropriate for the genre and mood of the book). I literally grimaced at some points when I was reading.
As far as characters go…I’m not sure I saw much character development, but there wasn’t really an appropriate time for that kind of thing in such a plot-driven novel. I’m not sure what I thought of the whole “Betrayer” plotline. I’m also really unsure of what’s up with Brenda.
There was a lot of unconsciousness…not necessarily good or bad, just an observation.

Apr 29, 2017

I really enjoyed all the books in the series so far. I read the Maze Runner and I am almost done reading the Scorch Trials. They are both very action-packed and can be enjoyed by teens and adults all around. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Dystopian societies, action, or thrill. I have also watched the first 2 movies and I am currently waiting for the third. By the way, my favorite character is Newt (Just putting that out there).

Nov 30, 2016

The Scorch Trials is the second book of The Maze Runner series. Now that Thomas and the Gladers have escaped the Maze, they're now facing a whole new array of challenges. Enter the Scorch Trials, where they have to cross the Scorch and WICKED isn't planning on making it easy for them.
I had adored The Maze Runner, but I feel like The Scorch Trials was a big step down. The pacing was agonizingly slow, I don't know how long until there was something actually happening. Characters like Thomas and Newt had no development. Group B was pretty much pushed to the side the entire time. I'm not sure why, but this was my least favourite book in the series.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I am a bit indifferent with this whole series as it is. Our teacher asked if anyone would recommend her a series of books to read and some guys suggested this one. I honestly think they don't really even care about the books because they seem like the people who just watch Netflix all night. The book is probably better than the movie, but alas it has been a while since I actually read this book so I cannot pull direct proofs. The movie actually helped me in comprehension a bit more, probably due to its simplicity of detail. Truthfully though, I think that the Cranks are freakier than the Grievers... what was this author thinking when he came up with these monsters??? 4/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Scorch Trials is easily my favourite of the Maze Runner trilogy and surrounding fiction. My best guess as to why? I liked that it figured things out a bit without revealing everything. I loved the way it was written, and although generally I’m not one for being scared by what I read, I couldn’t put this one down no matter how much it frightened me. I found it went into depth about the characters a bit more, and how they got where they were, and for many of them, what their life in the Glade was like pre-Thomas and how that shaped them. It also allowed readers to see this world for themselves and why everyone was so terrified about it, especially when it came down to the Flare. Even though there were a lot of heart-wrenching moments, there were also twists and turns to keep any reader’s eyes glued to the page. This is also the book where I got the connection about the names, but I won’t spoil it for you!
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Thomas is a relatable character who faces many challenges throughout the novel. The author’s simple style of writing allowed the readers to relate to the characters with made up swearwords, emotions, and choices. This action packed adventure had me gripped to the book with new surprises every step of the way. There was plenty of detail to help paint a picture in your head. Overall, this book has very few flaws and many interesting points. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a high action novel with a good storyline. I rate The Scorch Trials an overall 5/5 stars.
- @ReviewNinja of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

I liked this one better than Maze Runner. The action is more varied and the dynamic between some of the characters surpasses the superficiality of the first book. I do wonder though what ending can justify the brutal violence (having ones head 'eaten' alive by a ball of molten metal searing through your neck until your head is swallowed whole, cut off and starts rolling around) but this book leads us farther into the mystery and supposedly the next one we find out the whys so I guess I'll have to read it!

Sep 21, 2016

A quick suspenseful read just like Maze Runner. Still not much character development though. Also, my favourite part of dystopian fiction is learning about the worlds it's set in, and we still haven't really done that in this book. I'm hoping that will be fleshed out more in the next book.

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Dec 21, 2017

Sexual Content: Kissing, feelings of romance.

Dec 21, 2017

Violence: Some disturbing, macabre stuff (I shudder just thinking about it). Gruesome deaths described in vicious detail.

Apr 14, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scary creatures

Apr 14, 2016

Violence: Blood Killing

Jan 18, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The Flat-Trans scene might be disturbing for some younger audiences, And certain cranks can be frighting.

Mar 08, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: and it also has some wierd scary scenes in it to so... enjoy ! :)

Mar 08, 2015

Violence: it has some violence in it so be prepared

Oct 25, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Describes some of the death scenes after the Flat Trans, and they can make you VERY uncomfortable!!! BEWARE!!!!

Jul 17, 2014

Violence: It had some violence I will say, especially the part in the Flat Trans, that might be a little disturbing to some younger people.

Oct 09, 2013

Violence: A bit of violence but not very detailed violence

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Jan 02, 2018

Property of WICKED.
Group A, Subject A5
The Glue

Dec 21, 2017

"Shuck." - Minho

Apr 21, 2016

Hi Noses.

Jun 09, 2015

'Second, being the grand gentleman and saint that I am, I've decided not to kill the punk who attacked me'....Jorge pointed at Minho, who, not shockingly to Thomas at all, smiled and waved at the crowed.

May 18, 2015


Apr 12, 2015

“False hope," she said. "Guess that's better than no hope at all."

Apr 09, 2015

" Rose toke my nose I suppose" -Newt

My favourite!!!

Aug 04, 2012

“He didn't care about the others anymore. The chaos around him seemed to siphon away his humanity, turn him into an animal. All he wanted was to survive, make it to that building, get inside. Live. Gain another day.”

JessicaGMei Jun 29, 2012

Teresa Agnes. Group A, Subject A1.
The Betrayer.


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Jul 23, 2015

Thomas solved the maze,but now he is found locked in a cell with his friends. After a couple days they are told to go somewhere. They do what they were told. They arrive there and open a door. It his hot and very sunny. Its the Scorch. Part 2 of the trials have begun! Thomas, Minho and the others must find their way to the other side of the scorch to a safe haven. Will he pull through once again?

Jul 13, 2015

Thomas and the other Gladers must pass another trial; cross the Scorch and make it to the safe haven. All the time avoiding diseased and infectious humans who are set on killing them, and just trying to survive the hostile brutal environment.

Jun 29, 2015

After the maze, the runners come to a new threat, the scorch

JessicaGMei Jun 29, 2012

In the beginning of this breathless, adventure-crammed tale, Thomas and the Gladers are "safe, rescued, and delivered" to a nice clean dorm, having lived through their escape from the Maze. As Thomas snuggles into his bunk bed, listening to the snores of his friends, he can also hear Teresa speak to him in his mind. Since she is the only girl in the group, their rescuers have sequestered her in a separate room. Speaking mind to mind, they discuss their fear that they will never lose the image of the terrible Grievers. But they haven't seen anything yet…
Thomas slips off to sleep and into a dream that seems to be a memory of an event that happened when he was a very small child. In the puzzling dream-memory, his mother cries as she tells her son that she doesn't know why he was chosen, but that he's special. The young dream-Thomas asks if she will become crazy, the way his father and other people have. As the dream ends, he again hears Teresa speaking in his mind: "Tom, something's wrong."
That turns out to be quite the understatement. Thomas can't quite seem to wake up, even when he realizes that Teresa is screaming. Even as he sleeps on, he's aware that there are noises around him --- sounds like shrieks of pain, yelling and crashing. But those are nothing compared to his sudden realization that Teresa is gone. Even when he calls her in his mind, there’s no response.
Thomas fully awakens…to a living nightmare. The other Gladers are running around pell-mell, staring aghast out the window and obviously terrified beyond belief. He sees a horrifying person standing outside his barred window. The stranger appears crazed --- covered with wounds, scars and burns --- and is begging Thomas to kill him. As if that isn't bad enough, Thomas and the others find an unbelievable sight when they leave their dorm rooms. In the large room hang the dead bodies of their rescuers.
As horrendous as things are, Thomas knows he must find Teresa. He goes to the room she slept in, and outside a sign displays these words:
Teresa Agnes. Group A, Subject A1.
The Betrayer.
In the room, instead of Teresa, he finds a boy who introduces himself as Aris. He says he came from the Maze and then proceeds to tell Thomas an incredibly shocking story. Before long, Thomas, along with Aris and the other Gladers, head out on an urgent quest. To reach their goal, they must cross the blazing Scorch. Along the way, Thomas occasionally experiences more of his own lost memories in short-dreamed snatches. Unfortunately, this only makes him even more mystified at what they reveal and what they don't. He also encounters a most unexpected enemy, along with a bit of a romantic triangle, during the ensuing adventure.

Jun 20, 2012

After being "saved" from WICKED the Glader's are in for another test called a Trial. They are sent off to a desert and are told to travel 100 miles to the north to reach a Safe Haven with the cure from a horrible disease called the Flare.

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