Book review: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner

Dashner, James. The Scorch Trials. (Maze Runner series, Book 2.) Delacorte Press/Random House, 2015. $18.99. ISBN 9780553538229. 360 pgs. Ages 11+. P9Q7

Dashner Scorch Trials            Originally released in 2010, this movie tie-in is the second book in the Maze Runner series and needs to be read in order; it does not stand alone.  The teens are put through another test, this time traveling through a desert, to find a cure for the disease that has affected the earth.  The survivors are told they will receive the cure after reaching the safe house.  The second book is not as fast paced as the first, but ends with the reader wanting to find out more (continued in the third book of the series).  Middle school students will enjoy this book because of the action and the dystopian setting, which is highly popular.  Also, the Maze Runner is now a movie and students’ tend to read the books after the fact.  The language in this series takes some getting used to as well; there is specific vocabulary that relates to themes throughout the series (Gladers=place, Scorch= the desert, Flare=the disease, etc.)

November 2015 review by Cody Rosenthal.

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