Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (also known simply as The Scorch Trials) is based on the science fiction action novel by James Dashner, the second novel in The Maze Runner trilogy. This film is the sequel to The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series directed by Wes Ball, with a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin.
The first book and film in the trilogy finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), his memory erased, trapped (along with a community of boys) in the Glade. Outside the Glade is the Maze, a labyrinth of high walls covered in ivy that houses lethal creatures known as Grievers. Thomas is forced to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape. The plot of The Scorch Trials takes place immediately after the previous installment, with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers battling the powerful organization W.C.K.D., while facing the perils of the Scorch.
This movie – metaphorically dealing with the conflict of remaining sheltered within the status quo or risking it all for possible freedom – will resonate with adolescents and teenagers who have followed the trilogy.