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The Scorch Trials
Contributor(s): Dashner, James

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ISBN: 0385738757     ISBN-13: 9780385738750
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2010

Annotation: In the sequel to The Maze Runner, Thomas and the Gladers believed that escaping the Maze would enable them to get their lives back, only to discover that the world outside the Maze is bleak, decimated by sun flares and a brutal climate, and that they will have to struggle to find a safe haven while outmaneuvering the murderously voracious Cranks, who have been driven to insanity by an infectious disease. 150,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science; Experiments; Fiction.
Survival; Fiction.
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010021189
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Maze Runner
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 361 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140107
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51235
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 23.0
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Contributor Bio(s): >JAMES DASHNER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series as well as The Eye of Minds, the 13th Reality series, and The Infinity Ring. He was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. You can learn more about James and his books at jamesdashner.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Thomas and the others (The Maze Runner) must undergo more of WICKED's trials on an Earth ravaged by solar flares and a terrifying epidemic. While struggling to survive, Thomas attempts to find the truth behind the ominous organization and his best friend's betrayal. The relentless string of obstacles grows tedious, but moments of narrative excitement will carry readers along. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Thomas and the others (The Maze Runner) undergo more of WICKED's trials on an Earth ravaged by solar flares and a terrifying epidemic. The relentless string of obstacles grows tedious, but moments of narrative excitement will carry readers along. This "movie tie-in edition" includes a foreword by the director and an insert of stills from the movie.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #2)

Hundreds of pages into this sequel to The Maze Runner, one of the teen subjects of a survival experiment on postapocalypse Earth wonders aloud, "hat this is really all about." Readers may be asking that, too. In The Maze Runner, the teens, their memories erased, searched for a way out of a deadly maze; their escape, led by Thomas, was short-lived. As volume two opens, the boys learn they are infected with the "Flare," a virus that has killed millions and produced a population of nearly insane, disease-ravaged "cranks." New orders from WICKED, a coalition of surviving governments, have the boys marching across a wasteland toward a promised cure. Though some facts are teased out, the narrative bogs down under the weight of unanswered questions. What is the purpose of torturing these kids? How is making them into killers ensuring the survival of the world? Why would government leaders name themselves WICKED? Hopefully answers are forthcoming in volume three. In any case, fans who are already hooked will gobble this down, particularly those who don't mind anemic female characters and a high body count. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 7 Up—This dystopian novel begins where The Maze Runner (Delacorte, 2009) ends. Thomas and the rest of the group's escape from the Maze and the horrifying creatures called Grievers has proven to be short-lived because WICKED, the group behind it all, has another trial in store for them. Sun flares have destroyed most of the Earth, and a virus called the Flare has ravaged its population. Infected people turn into zombies called Cranks that attack and eat one other. The kids are told that they have the Flare but if they succeed in surviving the second trial, they will be cured. With few supplies, they must travel across 100 miles of hot and scorched land within two weeks to reach a safe house to receive the cure. When Teresa, Thomas's best friend and the only girl in the group, disappears, and he loses the ability to communicate telepathically with her, he and the other guys determine to find her. As they trek across the barren desert encountering crazed Cranks, the teens' loyalty to one another and the group is tested. The fast-paced narrative and survival-of-the-fittest scenario is reminiscent of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008). Although these characters aren't quite as compelling and their made-up slang takes a little getting used to, each character's personality is distinct. The unresolved ending will leave readers impatiently waiting for the conclusion to the trilogy.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

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