The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials

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"Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal. The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?" --From the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385738767
9780385738750
9780553538410
9780385907453
0385907451
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 29, 2020

Overall, I enjoyed The Scorch Trials. I don’t think that it was as good as the series’ previous novel, The Maze Runner; however, it was still fast-paced, interesting, and creative. I liked how the author carried the characters and plot into a different setting, while still keeping their main goal. There were a lot of new developments in this story, which were also very interesting! There were also, like the first book, some heart-breaking moments and deaths! I think that if you enjoyed the first novel in this series, this book is definitely worth a read! I, personally, enjoyed seeing how the characters developed and the problem deepened. I think that this book did a good job at leading into the third and final book in the series! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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dexter2244
Jul 22, 2020

I loved this book and going to read it again. My favorite character is Newt, and i always thought Teresa was a bit fishy especially in the movie.

Loved It! It made me laugh and it made me cry. So far, Newt is my favorite character.

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RebelBelle13
May 25, 2020

On the whole, I enjoyed this much more than the first book in the series, The Maze Runner. There was no slow reveal of information as a plot device, no puzzle to solve, no relying on long buried or wiped memories to get out of a predicament. This was all about a race to get to a distant point across a dark tunnel, a dangerous desert, and a zombie-filled city. The goal was clear, as was the timeline. The Gladers and the girls from Group B knew exactly what was expected of them, and that if they made it to the Safe Haven, they would acquire the cure to the Flare. I am still confused as to what the point was of Teresa's betrayal. Also, as others have pointed out, Thomas spends a ridiculous amount of time in this book sleeping or knocked out. It feels like at least half the chapters end with him slipping from consciousness, and it gets old fast. On top of that, it's quite obvious that Thomas is the super-special chosen one, and escapes death so many times in this novel that I lost count. There's always a way out for him. These negatives aside, it read quickly and I enjoyed it. It was quite different from the first novel in the series, which is refreshing- if the Gladers were dumped into another puzzle or maze, I would not have been nearly as interested. I'll continue on to the next, because I'm intrigued how this all ends!

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violet_owl_999
Feb 20, 2020

AMAZING!! This is my favorite book in all of the series. I had such high hopes for Teresa and Tom but now she is my least favorite character in the series.

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Salma_Awale
Sep 30, 2019

one word...

AMAZING?!

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bkai94
Aug 01, 2019

Awesome book. I definitely liked this book a lot better than Maze Runner. Though Maze Runner was a good set up, it moved kind of slow. This book was very fast paced, had some more gruesome parts, and built the story up well for the next book. I was kind of annoyed with Thomas/Teresa but otherwise, fantastic read. Can't wait to get the next book in the series.

If you at least LIKED Maze Runner, read this book and it will definitely get you more interested in the series.

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CGS622
Jul 10, 2019

good book

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red_fox_2225
Jan 06, 2019

I Love This Series. James does such a good job on these books. Favorite Character is Obviously Newt.

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noory17
Dec 30, 2018

So good. So amazing!!!! In my opinion this was the best book in the whole Maze Runner series. I love the little details of everything James Dashner puts in.

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Nov 26, 2018

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teahousechen
Jun 04, 2018

teahousechen thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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alyssaanderson
May 03, 2018

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Feb 13, 2017

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

vv19 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Re_Bel
Oct 26, 2015

Re_Bel thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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mueez
Sep 20, 2015

mueez thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 49

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AndrewColinSmith
Aug 03, 2015

AndrewColinSmith thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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Esh_reads
Jun 29, 2015

Esh_reads thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Salma_Awale
Sep 30, 2019

Other: hi im just here to say "hi" whoops already did that hahahah.. :) p.s BOOK IS AMAZING!

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JTCopeland05
Jun 02, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: very disturbing

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Gwen904
Dec 21, 2017

Sexual Content: Kissing, feelings of romance.

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Gwen904
Dec 21, 2017

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

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scary creatures

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

Violence: Blood Killing

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FynnN
Jan 18, 2016

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

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Swagmuffin1213
Mar 08, 2015

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

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Swagmuffin1213
Mar 08, 2015

Violence: it has some violence in it so be prepared

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crazycoolbff
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!!!!

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noory17
Jan 22, 2020

"Rose took my nose I suppose."
- Some Random Crank

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TristaM024
Jan 18, 2020

"Pretty sure we just arrived in bloody hell. Always thought you'd end up here, Minho, but not me." - Newt

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TristaM024
Jan 18, 2020

"Guess I'll go bug somebody else till the excitement begins, which better be bloody soon. I'm hungry." - Newt

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white_wolf_1506
Feb 09, 2019

“Anybody else wanna pee their pants and cry for mommy?”

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alyssaanderson
May 03, 2018

"I happen to know Aris Very Well" The Betrayer aka Teresa

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alyssaanderson
May 03, 2018

Teresa Agnes Group A, Subject A1.
The Betrayer.

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AKSB
Jan 02, 2018

Property of WICKED.
Newt
Group A, Subject A5
The Glue

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Gwen904
Dec 21, 2017

"Shuck." - Minho

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Peep1900
Apr 21, 2016

Hi Noses.

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violet_deer_78
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.
-Jorge

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Jglazer9
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?

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lonewolf8
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.

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frank_j
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.

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vidurm09
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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