{Review} The Scorch Trails by James Dashner


{Review} The Scorch Trails by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press on October 12th 2010
Genre(s): Dystopian (YA)
Pages: 360

Our Rating

2 Stars

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.


The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner Series, this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.

The first book, though kinda terribly written, was interesting and fast paced enough for me to give it a halfway decent review. This one was not.

The Gladers have escaped the maze and think they are finally safe and free. Are they right? Of course not, because there are 4 books in this series. They are forced to cross what is called the Scorch, an area of what used to be countries along the Equator. This is where the flares from the sun did the most damage; it is now mostly desert and full of cranks. Cranks are people infected with the disease called the Flare, which makes people slowly go insane and zombie like. Thomas and his friends are dropped in the middle of it and tasked to get to the safe haven.

This book was just awful. Thankfully the annoying made up swearing was down to a minimum but dear lord, Thomas passes out so freaking much in this book, he should really see a doctor! He is falling asleep, getting knocked out, or passing out at the end of almost every chapter. He spends more time asleep, than anything else and I’m pretty positive at this point he has some major brain trauma. He regresses in this book and is downright childish and annoying (see! Brain trauma!)

There’s a new girl added to throw in a love triangle because it just isn’t a YA dystopian novel without a love triangle. There’s also a stereotypical, slightly racist latino character that ends every sentence with “muchacho” because why not.

There’s tons of action, which is good. But that’s about it. They ran in Maze Runner and they are running in the desert. So it is kinda the same plot as the first book with a few differences. I’m already invested in this series now so i’m sticking it out, but I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes from here. My hopes aren’t high.

About James Dashner

James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. His newest series is The Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.

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