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Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Publisher: Delacorte (imprint of Random House)

Source: Borrowed from a friend
Publication Date: 12 Oct 2010
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0385738757
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 368
Place(s) Traveled to: The Scorch – formerly known as Mexico
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

Maze Runner Trilogy
Book 1 – The Maze Runner (my review)
Book 2 – The Scorch Trials
Book 3 – The Death Cure (Fall 2011)

Dear James Dashner,

I’ve had the good fortune to be able to meet you a few times, I follow your blog and tweets on twitter. I have always thought that you were a nice guy. Then I read the Maze Runner and I was like…huh…this man can be a wee bit twisted. But The Maze Runner was nothing compared to The Scorch Trials. I seriously think that this whole nice guy act is just that an act. I mean what you put those boys through in Maze Runner was pretty brutal and I didn’t think it could be topped. Now I know that you were just holding back. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from Scorch Trials its book 2 in a planned trilogy. Book 2 are usually a bit slow, a bit boring and really just search to move the characters into position for the big finale. 
And yet, with Scorch Trials the motion is just non stop. Its not your typical middle book in a trilogy. There are more obstacles for the Gladers to face. Obstacles far more difficult than anything they faced in the maze. I was kept on the edge of my seat almost biting my nails wondering what new horrors might be around the next corner. Scorch Trials was a page turner and for that I give you props. Credit where credit is due after all. I was engaged. I was hooked. I was ever so thankful that I am not a character in your head. Because you are just MEAN to them. What did these poor children ever do to you? Did they keep you up at night begging for you to tell their story? And so to retaliate you give them killer lightning and Cranks?
James, what is up with WICKED?? You’ve given us some clues and background in Scorch Trials but not enough to fully satisfy. I need to know the full story. You can tell me. I swear….I won’t tell anyone else. Promise. Because I really can’t wait until Fall 2011 to find out. Providing you do let us find out because I am not so sure about that. A nice guy would reveal all. Give the reader everything they are hungering for. But I’ve read your books. I know the truth and you aren’t a nice guy. Because as I’ve said nice guys aren’t that cruel to their characters. Its a wonder that they still live in your books. Of course you really haven’t given them much choice what with wiping their memories and sticking them in a maze. Then when that wasn’t enough you release them into a scorched terrain and say go north and try not to die.
I love these boys James….Thomas, Newt, Frypan and the rest. I just want to reach into the story, give them a hug and tell them it’ll be ok. Not that they’ll believe me since the adults they’ve met haven’t been very trust worthy. So here’s hoping that in Death Cure things will end up ok. But I’m not so sure I can trust you with that task. You haven’t done a super good job at not putting them into harms way after all. I think maybe you should send me the MS for Death Cure so I can give it a once over. Its all in the interest of those boys James. They’ve been through a lot and I would like to give them some happy new to look forward to. It has nothing to do with me, not at all.
In closing, great second installment. Loved the action and all the twists and turns. You are a twisted person but keep up the good guy act because maybe it will stick. I think you are awesome so don’t take it personally when I don’t turn my back on you.
Kind Regards,

Edited to add a link to my Friday Fragment post where I read from Scorch Trials. Click here to view.

7 Responses to “The Scorch Trials by James Dashner”

  1. April (BooksandWine)

    LOL. Gail, this was awesome.

    I am so with you on The Maze Runner, those characters go through some tough things.

    I’ve yet to read the Scorch Trials, but am thinking of using it for a potential readathon book.

    Great post!

  2. Erica

    I am so excited for this book! I am starting Maze Runner soon, and got Scorch Trials yesterday. After hear about it from you, I cannot wait to read!

  3. Michelle

    Ok, so I’m not going to read your review because I don’t want to be spoiled, but I’m excited that it got 5/5 stars!