The Scorch Trials is the second book of the Maze Runner trilogy. It was written by James Dashner soon after The Maze Runner, book one. It was published on September 18, 2010, by Delacorte Press. No one knows if it is a coincidence or not, but the movie was first premiered on the same day in 2015.
The plot mainly revolves around the Gladers, after they successfully escaped the Maze, which was trial one. They meet group B, who went through the same trial with the same events. They discover that they will go through the second trial, or the Scorch Trial. To pass this trial, they have to go through the scorch, a place located at the equator where life is destroyed by the Flare and Cranks are filling up the place, in two weeks. WICKED has promised them the cure after that. Thomas will face many betrayals and, with his friends, will go through many hardships.
Dashner got the idea from the environment he lived in when he was young. Georgia was so hot and this hotness, along with the bright sun rays that were always present, gave Dashner the whole idea of the Flare, and the Scorch. He says he included many of his personal experiences in his books, and he wishes to be as brave as Thomas is.
The story became a hit after the Maze Runner, receiving many positive reviews from several credible sources. For instance, Seventeen.com said about his book: "A nail-biting must-read." Newsday also said: "Wonderful action writing__fast-paced...but smart and well observed."