The Scorch Trials by James Dashner Review

So I really enjoyed the first book in this series The Maze Runner and it got me excited to start to read the second book as I wanted to see what would happen next to Thomas and the rest of the gladers. Well now I know and I want to tell you guys what I feel about the book, so read ahead to find out how I feel.


The Story

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.

Taken from Goodreads

My Opinion

So I loved the pace of the first book, how it was all slow and intense at the beginning but then when it came to the ending the pace increased and a lot of stuff happened very quickly which just seem right, especially with how the book had been developing this ending from the beginning. Now this book was not like the first, for me it seemed like the pace would change all the time, seemed like a lot of the action would come for maybe 40 pages but then there wouldn’t be any for 20 and then so on and on and on it went. I have read books like this before and I have enjoyed them but they have always been the first in the series and the rest of the books have joined them in doing the same, I don’t think I have ever read a series where the pace of the book was different which each different part.

Now this isn’t to say that the book isn’t good, in fact I really enjoyed it and think it was a great addition to the series. There was a lot of action and a lot of parts of the book that added a great piece of detail to the overall story. There where betrayls and new additions that just seemed to work perfectly in the series and I have got to credit James Dashner with this as I loved reading this, I found it very difficult to put it down and if it wasn’t for university work I am sure I would of finished the book in just one day.

I loved the way in which the author would describe the areas in which the gladers where in and make it seem so realistic and make you wish that you would never have to see anything like this in our lifetime. The vast desert and the city where just unimaginable and I thinkt hat James Dashner did an amazing job of making it seem so horrible, then there where the cranks, possible some of the scariest stuff you will read about in a YA book.

I also really enjoyed the character development especially in main character Thomas, this is because he goes from beign the nice guy and trying to save everyone, and while he does still want to make sure he is saving as many people as possible as soon as he finds out that WICKED are using them all he becomes a different person, someone who now will do anything to avoid being used by the WICKED.

For me it is a really difficult decision deciding which book I liked more but I do think that the first book is better then this one, and to be honest there is only one reason why and that is the pace of the book. Yes the pace at the end of Scorch Trails does pick up more then any other part of the book it just had to many other fast parts which the first one didn’t and had a nice consistent pace till the end.

So yes I do recommend carrying on with the series and reading this book as I think it is a great addition to the series.


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