The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner series #2) – James Dashner, Delacorte Press, (9780553538229), 2015.
Rating: 1-5: 4
Genre: Science fiction, Dystopia
What did you like about the book? The Scorch Trials is the second book in the Maze Runner series, a dystopian series in which teens are required to endure a series of increasingly harsh tests imposed on them by mysterious scientists. The Scorch Trials take place in a desert setting populated by dangerous Cranks (violent adults who have been negatively affected by the sun’s radiation). This is a new hardcover edition of the same Scorch Trials text originally published in 2010. This edition contains a new cover and a forward by Wes Ball, the director of The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials movies. It also contains four pages of full-color photos from the Scorch Trials movie. End matter includes two additional items: Chapter Two of The Death Cure, the third book in the series, and a portion of the first chapter of another book by Dashner, The Eye of Minds.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I’m not crazy about the additional text from two of Dashner’s other books being included, but in particular, it seems odd to publish Chapter Two of The Death Cure, rather than Chapter One.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend for collections where The Maze Runner series is wildly popular.
Who should buy this book? Middle school and high school libraries as well as public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Fiction or Science Fiction if you have Genre shelving.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes if you want to be familiar with a series that is currently very popular among the middle to high school age population.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 8/31/15