Book Review: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

Title: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)
Author: James Dashner
My rating: 3 hearts (♥♥♥♡♡)

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What's the story all about


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.

©Goodreads: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

I love the book cover!

I love the book cover!

The Scorch Trials, second book in The Maze Runner series, is all about their survival outside the Maze. It’s supposed to be a happy ending outside the walls, but there are no happy endings, the beginning has just started… ready for Phase two?

About the author


See more of it on my first review 🙂

What do i think

Dreaming about the grievers

Here’s my short review:

Before I read the series, I already watched their movie adaptations. The effects and the concept visualizations are excellent, it’s worth watching actually, especially The Scorch Trials. I screamed out of fear because of the breath-taking and surprising parts, like the scene where they were being chased by the Cranks… so on and so forth. You should watch it guys. 🙂

BUT… if you are a type of person who has already read the series before the movie, the outcome will be very disappointing. For real. And as for me (who watches the movie first, then read it afterwards…) I’m in awe but I’m also quite disappointed with the story.

The first book started out great, See: The Maze Runner Book Review. I mean, the fighting and chasing scenes between the Gladers and the Grievers left me open-mouthed. It is shocking, fast-paced, and it’s not boring. I understand that Dashner left us some mind-bugging questions about the WICKED and their sole purposes. I was actually waiting for an answer about it here on the second-book. But it turns out empty. SO here’s my rant about it…

I really don’t how I’m going to rate this book.
At first, the story caught my attention, since it’s full of thrilling and promising scenes, especially the part where Brenda and Thomas met Mr. Nose. They ventured upon different kinds of trials (w/c is fine with me since I’m looking for that kind of story… I need a break from romantic/dramatic novels).

“It really blows. My nose. Taken by Rose. I suppose.” He laughed then, a wet chortle that made Thomas worry he might never sleep in peace again.

– Ch.32, page 185

Even when I reached the half part of the story, I’m still hooked up with it. But as I go on deeper, I find it exhausting. Yes, I feel exhausted with the things that are happening with Thomas and with the other Gladers. I’m tired of those shucking lies and betrayals, I’m annoyed with the endless experiments and tests done by the heartless WICKED. It’s all too much for me to take that my head really aches. I was well-informed with the VIRUS, THE FLARE, THE CRANKS… etc… I am so fed up with these details and it seems like Dashner restate those details over and over again. I was waiting for that cure, the blueprint (I don’t even know what this is haha). I was waiting for something NEW to happen, waiting for what they call progress… It’s like they’ll start all over again… another dumbfounding challenge awaits.

And I was really annoyed with Thomas and his dreams. Kulang na lang matulog sya within the entire story. That. Is. So. Cliche. *sighs*

“Wicked is Good. Wicked is Good. Wicked is Good.”

But the story isn’t. 😀

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I gave this novel three hearts since my expectations were turned down and the questions that are bugging me from the first book were left answered. 

But it’s still a ‘must read’ for everyone (if you’re looking for action-packed stories and if you already started reading the series… tuluy-tuloy mo na) 🙂


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

  1. Regina Karis says:

    I found this book exhausting as well, and I actually like the movie better than the book–I think it did a very good job in condensing what was a very “heavy” (for lack of a better word) story into two hours. I find that with series, that’s how it goes, though: I usually like the first books better. Great review! :p

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