Book Review – The Scorch Trails

Possible spoilers for the first book. See the review for the first book, The Maze Runner, here.

23014101Book: The Scorch Trails (The Maze Runner 1) by James Dashner
Original Release Date: January 1st 2010
Genre: Dystopia
Reading Format: Paperback
Edition: English edition by Chicken House
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars



Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety… until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim… and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?


While The Maze Runner had its problems it was still engaging with the puzzle in the maze, but there is nothing engaging about The Scorch Trails. I really dislike this book, and I almost didn’t pick it back up. It is a good thing these are quick reads otherwise I probably wouldn’t have.

The plot is similar to the first book as they are being tested again and there seems to be yet another puzzle to be solved. Only this time I was not interested or engaged. Once again we got very little information about what is going on. At this point in a series I would like to receive more information, otherwise my attention does start to wander. The middle part is all filler and it felt completely unnecessary. The reason they are being put through these tests is becoming more unbelievable. The only interesting thing in this book was the plot line of betrayal at the end, and I do want to know more of the background with Ares, Theresa and Thomas.

Thomas felt completely flat for me throughout this entire book. He keeps passing out or falling asleep. His emotions are touched upon, but I don’t feel it in the text. I skimmed his thoughts often because I learned nothing new or of interest in them. It was all the same over and over again. Very dull. Most of the other characters were very one dimensional. Brenda was odd and I cannot understand why at the end Thomas seemed to have grown attached to her. I would think he would want to get as far away from her as possible.

Again, Minho and Newt were great. Really the only characters worth reading about. Too bad they aren’t the main characters.

3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Scorch Trails

  1. I absolutely agree. This book was exciting and fast-paced, but the plot itself was all over the place and the characters (especially Thomas) was so out of character and acted weirdly. Have you read the last book? I’m a little hesitant about reading it but at the same time I just want to finish the series and get it over with.

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    1. Good to hear. I haven’t been able to pick it up. I’ll probably do that next year. I’m very hesitant too but like you I want to finish the series. I have the prequel still to read as well.


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