The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, The Maze Runner. You can read my review of this novel [here].

To celebrate the release of the movie, I’ve decided to bump forward my review of The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. The novel was first published in 2010 and is the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy. It is preceded by The Maze Runner (2009) and followed by The Death Cure (2011). Dashner has also released a prequel novel titled The Kill Order (2012). A second prequel, reportedly titled The Fever Code, has been cited for release in 2016.

Following their traumatic escape from the Maze, Thomas and the other Gladers finally seem to be safe. However, when they wake up in the night to find that all of their saviours are dead, they realise that their ordeal is far from over. Searching the complex, Thomas finds that Teresa has been taken from them. In her place, they find another boy – Aris – who tells them that he was previously trapped in a different Maze. The only difference between their situations was that his group was otherwise entirely female and his partner – Thomas’s equivalent – was killed during their escape.

It is not long before WICKED contacts them again and reveals that a further Trial awaits. This time, each of them has been infected with the Flare. If they wish to survive, all they need to do is travel north for 100 miles. If they reach the Safe Haven their within two weeks, they will all be cured and their trials will finally be over. If they fail, they will succumb to the disease and die.

While the task seems straightforward, the Gladers quickly discover that this is not the case. The world above is a barren wasteland, plagued by the scorching sun, deadly lightning storms and bands of people who have been driven mad by the Flare. Yet these obstacles may be the least of their problems. They are also competing against Group B, who Thomas quickly discovers are determined to kill him…

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