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The Scorch trials
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2011
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  Booklist Review

The exercise in withholding information begun in The Maze Runner (2009) continues. The boys who had their memories wiped before being dropped into a massive maze have escaped, but they now have to trek across a sunflare-blasted wasteland to get the cure to the insanity disease they've been infected with. The wickedly violent action and rush to figure out what's actually going on help distract from a number of gaping plot holes. Fans will want this one, too, but know that Dashner still has an awful lot of explaining to do in the upcoming finale.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Thomas led the Gladers to safety in The Maze Runner (2009). But after just one night's rest, the survivors are told that a true haven is still a long way off.To reach it, they have to pass another trial: crossing an expanse of scorched earth while being pursued by the Cranks, humans infected by the Flare, a disease that inflicts madness. If they can just make it to the designated meeting point on time (and alive), they will be met by a rescue team from the shadowy organization behind these trials, receive the cure to the pandemic and never have to face danger again. Constantly on the run and threatened, the Gladers struggle to win. Thomas tries to protect his friends while searching for Teresa, the lone girl from the Glade, and grappling with elusive returning memories. Taut and bleak, continually intriguing and surprising, this is a solid sequel that keeps both Thomas and readers wondering what is really going on. Hooked readers will hope they won't have to wait long for the answers that have been promised in the next installment. (Science fiction/thriller. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Book two in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! <br> <br> 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.<br> 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.<br> There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction--and they're determined to survive.<br> Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. <br> <br> The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials , and Maze Runner: The Death Cure are all now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf , Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.<br> <br> Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series! <br> <br> Praise for the Maze Runner series: <br> A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series <br> A USA Today Bestseller <br> A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year <br> An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book <br> An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick <br> <br> "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies , The Hunger Games , and Lost . " --EW.com<br> <br> "Wonderful action writing --fast-paced ...but smart and well observed." -- Newsday <br> <br> "[A] nail-biting must-read." -- Seventeen.com<br> <br> "Breathless, cinematic action. " -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> " Heart pounding to the very last moment." -- Kirkus Reviews <br> <br> " Exclamation-worthy. " -- Romantic Times <br> <br> "James Dashner's illuminating prequel [ The Kill Order ] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series." -- Shelf Awareness , Starred<br> <br> " Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." -- Deseret News
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