“The Scorch Trials” is the second book by James Dashner from the series “The Maze Runner” in the genre of youth anti-utopia. The novel was published in 2010 by Delacorte Press. This is the most popular series of novels by the author – “The Maze Runner” is written for a more adult audience. The series tells the story of a group of teenagers, it’s unclear how and why they were in a strange Labyrinth, populated by creepy creatures. “The Maze Runner” was written under the strong influence of the “Game Ender” Orson Scott Card and “Lord of the Flies” William Golding.
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The first part of the trilogy is literally imbued with a feeling of tightening time, the text itself is very stressful, literally electrified by the feeling of an impending terrible end. The second part, in which the time limits of the action are clearly limited, on the contrary, is lazy and unhurried, instead of actions, a lot of thinking, reasoning and psychoanalysis of Thomas.
The American book reviewer Kirkus Reviews notes: “It’s really hard to postpone the book. It will make readers burn with impatience, wanting to know what will happen next. ”
Jessica Harrison of Deseret Morning News noted that “The Scorch Trials” is an exciting adventure book for an audience of age 13+, which will make the hearts of readers fight faster and force them to ask for more. ”