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The Scorch Trials
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The Scorch Trials
The Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 2
Read the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series that is now a major motion picture and is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze...
Read the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series that is now a major motion picture and is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze...
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  • Read the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series that is now a major motion picture and is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is also a movie featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner's newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

    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.

    There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

    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.

    Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

    There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive.

    Praise for the Maze Runner series:
    A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
    A USA Today Bestseller
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
    An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
    An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

    "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com

    "Wonderful action writing—fast-paced...but smart and well observed."Newsday

    "[A] nail-biting must-read."Seventeen.com

    "Breathless, cinematic action."—Publishers Weekly

    "Heart pounding to the very last moment."—Kirkus Reviews

    "Exclamation-worthy."—Romantic Times

    [STAR] "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
    "Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News
    From the Hardcover edition.
 

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    CHAPTER 1
    She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

    Hey, are you still asleep?

    Thomas shifted in his bed, felt a darkness around him like air turned solid, pressing in. At first he panicked; his eyes snapped open as he imagined himself back in the Box--that horrible cube of cold metal that had delivered him to the Glade and the Maze. But there was a faint light, and lumps of dim shadow gradually emerged throughout the huge room. Bunk beds. Dressers. The soft breaths and gurgly snores of boys deep in slumber.

    Relief filled him. He was safe now, rescued and delivered to this dormitory. No more worries. No more Grievers. No more death.

    Tom?

    A voice in his head. A girl's. Not audible, not visible. But he heard it all the same, though never could he have explained to anyone how it worked.

    Exhaling a deep breath, he relaxed into his pillow, his razor-edged nerves settling down from that fleeting moment of terror. He spoke back, forming the words with his thoughts.

    Teresa? What time is it?

    No idea, she replied. But I can't sleep. I probably dozed for an hour or so. Maybe more. I was hoping you were awake to keep me company.

    Thomas tried not to smile. Even though she wouldn't be able to see it, it would be embarrassing all the same. Didn't give me much choice in the matter, did you? Kind of hard to sleep when someone's talking directly into your skull.

    Waa, waa. Go back to bed, then.

    No. I'm good. He stared at the bottom of the bunk above him--featureless and darkly fuzzy in the shadow--where Minho was currently breathing like a guy with ungodly amounts of phlegm lodged in his throat. What've you been thinking about?

    What do you think? Somehow she projected a jab of cynicism into the words. I keep seeing Grievers. Their disgusting skin and blubber bodies, all those metal arms and spikes. It was way too close for comfort, Tom. How're we gonna get something like that out of our heads?

    Thomas knew what he thought. Those images would never leave--the Gladers would be haunted by the horrible things that had happened in the Maze for the rest of their lives. He figured that most if not all of them would have major psychological problems. Maybe even go completely nutso.

    And above it all, he had one image burned into his memories as strongly as a branded mark from a searing hot iron. His friend Chuck, stabbed in the chest, bleeding, dying as Thomas held him.

    Thomas knew he would never forget that. But what he said to Teresa was: It'll go away. Just takes a little time, that's all.

    You're so full of it
    , she said.

    I know. How ridiculous was it that he loved hearing her say something like that to him? That her sarcasm meant things were going to be okay? You're an idiot, he told himself, then hoped she didn't hear that thought.

    I hate that they separated me from you guys, she said.

    Thomas understood why they had, though. She was the only girl and the rest of the Gladers were teenage boys--a bunch of shanks they didn't trust yet. Guess they were protecting you.

    Yeah. I guess. Melancholy seeped into his brain with her words, stuck to them like syrup. But it sucks being alone after everything we went through.

    Where'd they take you, anyway? She sounded so sad that he almost wanted to get up and look for her, but he knew better.

    Just on the other side of that big common room where we ate last night. It's a small room with a few bunks. I'm pretty sure they locked the door when they left.

    See, told...

About the Author-

  • James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.


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  • AudioFile Magazine Mark Deakins returns to narrate the adventures that began in THE MAZE RUNNER. Thomas and his friends, the Gladers, are rescued from the Maze only to be put to another test by WICKED, the organization that now controls their lives. Deakins reads at a balanced pace that seems slightly off base for this high-action story. But by slowing the story down, he helps keep the action manageable as Dashner has created a dystopian world with a vocabulary of its own. The Gladers meet new friends and enemies on their quest, and Deakins shows his skill by providing each of the speakers with a distinctive accent. Listeners will be eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 11, 2010
    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.

  • Newsday "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."--EW.com

    "Wonderful action writing--fast-paced...but smart and well observed."
  • Deseret News "[A] nail-biting must-read."--Seventeen.com

    "Breathless, cinematic action."--Publishers Weekly

    "Heart pounding to the very last moment."--Kirkus Reviews

    "Exclamation-worthy."--Romantic Times

    * "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

    "Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."

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