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  • The Scorch Trials

  • The Maze Runner, Book 2
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,086 ratings)
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The Scorch Trials

By: James Dashner
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
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Summary

The pulse-pounding sequel to The Maze Runner. Thomas was sure that escape from the maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to. The earth is a wasteland.

Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim - and meal. Thomas can only wonder - does he hold the secret of freedom somewheren his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

©2010 James Dashner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Really good but ...

The storyline is very gripping and intense however sometimes it is a bit of an anticlimax apart from that I would recommend it to anyone really great book

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So much better than the first story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story progresses with the core characters from the first book. They journey to the Safe Haven, sometimes together, sometimes apart or in various combinations. Thomas's personal issues are mainly piecing his memories together and finding Theresa. The tattoos that each person in the story has on their necks makes us as listeners constantly see whether characters step up to the given role, contradicts it or if the title given plays true to their personalities already (perhaps without us realising it until it was established in the story).

Throughout the story the characters jest in saying 'expect anything', and as a listener you wonder 'what else can possibly happen in this story that could intensify or out-do previous plot twists or events?'. The answer is a LOT! Particularly the Theresa/Thomas plotline. To me it is clear the WICKED set Theresa's task in order to split her and Thomas up in order to make whatever future plans they had easier to follow through with those to as enemies.

There are a lot of references to the past events which make the story richer and more layered. Sometimes by comparing past events and feelings with what the characters are facing (and to expand on those feelings that the listeners had eperienced through the previous narrative, particularly the Chuck story and the Ben reference made to when the gates closed and he was forced into the maze in the story earlier on).

I didn't really get the depth of the first story and thought that on some levels that the characters were flat due to the amount in the story. However through blitzing through the second story I have realised this; this series is a bit like falling asleep in that you're listening whilst washing the dishes then BOOM!! It's 4 hours later and all you've done is sat on the sofa and listened to this engrossing adventure. It is truly brilliant that an author can do that. Given the number of key characters I salute the reader Mark Deakins, he did a brilliant job!

There is a lot more imagery in the book than before, and throughout I could visualise the scene as if it were a film. However I have a couple of ideas about what Thomas might look like. That adds another level of imagination to the enjoyment of listening. I am really invested in the characters. This is a story about people and their emotions, heightened by not knowing what lies ahead and just 'winging it' with skills gained form the maze. I have no idea what will happen next, but feel like the final book entails a big reveal of some sort, with some hint that the memories will be restored. However I doubt that will be the case as so far Dashner has revealed the facts piece by piece, taking us hand in hand with Tom's thought process and feelings.

I cannot wait for the final book, once I have written this review I am getting on it!

What did you like best about this story?

the way that past experiences/new memories shaped the main characters. Introducing new characters made the story fuller in terms of the Gladers and their 'game plan' to get to the safe haven.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

the accents, the characters emotions and the ease of switching between characters in conversation

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My imagination spread like wildfire. As the story progresses I feel protective about the character of Tom. Initially I thought he was a medium for describing the new experience and seemed like a small character. But in Scorch Trials the emotional reactions of the character surprised me at times. Then on other occasions I thought 'that's exactly what he would do'. In the pods where the 4 lifted the lid particularly. I didn't like the part where he had to choose which if the 2 characters were to die. I think that he should believe Theresa because his feelings are clearly rooted there. However it might be a trick as Thomas hinted. I'm not sure, but I'm interested to see where that goes.

The encounter with those highly infected with the flare and wanting to eat noses would be a brilliant scene for a film version. Although the description was disturbing it achieved its desired effect.

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Far far better than the film

I am listening to the trilogy after enjoying the films. However, I never really understood the 2nd film. The book is far far better and makes total sense.

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Great book, well read

Superb story, and very well read! Follows on from the maze runner brilliantly and keeps you interested all the way through. Lines up for the next book also.

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Good sequal

Amazing book sad and good parts!! Beware of the scary parts. The only problem is why make two mazes why not one with all of them put in together

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Loved it!

I loved the audio and the story line.
This really got me to understand the book after such hard times reading it!!
Thank you!!

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amazing story

I love the story telling throughout this book could not stop listening defo recommend to anyone who likes distopian

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Best book in the series!

Kept me gripped all the way through. Definitely the best book in the series.

I need one more word!

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Thankfully nothing like the film

The film doesn't follow this story very much at all, which is good as the film is a classic middle film.

A good continuation where the first book left off. Compelling story.

The narration is in par with the first book.

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I Love it.

I loved it from start to end. I finnished all the books in the maze runner series and i feel a bit sad that it ended but overall its amazing.

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