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Escaping the Maze was only the beginning. The world thought it had seen the worst after the Sun Flares struck the Earth’s surface, and millions of people were killed. But then an unstoppable illness ravaged the bodies and minds of the remaining survivors. Simply known as the Flare, the disease seemed unstoppable until a cure was discovered, but that relief came at a human c Escaping the Maze was only the beginning. The world thought it had seen the worst after the Sun Flares struck the Earth’s surface, and millions of people were killed. But then an unstoppable illness ravaged the bodies and minds of the remaining survivors. Simply known as the Flare, the disease seemed unstoppable until a cure was discovered, but that relief came at a human cost. Now it's up to Thomas, Teresa and the others, who will discover that while they may have escaped the Maze, they've entered into an experiment more terrifying than anything they could imagine. Explore how the terrifying W.C.K.D. came to be, and how the very first Maze was designed. Discover what it takes to survive in a post-Flare world, against the violent Cranks that have begun to take over humanity, only to learn that the Glade may not be the only Maze W.C.K.D. was running. With over 6.5 million books in print, and an international hit film series, it’s plain to see fans lost themselves in James Dashner’s bestselling series. Featuring an introduction from Dashner himself, this collection of all new short stories reveals the hidden histories of your favorite Gladers, including Aris, Ava Paige, and Mary Cooper before The Scorch Trials hits theaters on September 18.


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Escaping the Maze was only the beginning. The world thought it had seen the worst after the Sun Flares struck the Earth’s surface, and millions of people were killed. But then an unstoppable illness ravaged the bodies and minds of the remaining survivors. Simply known as the Flare, the disease seemed unstoppable until a cure was discovered, but that relief came at a human c Escaping the Maze was only the beginning. The world thought it had seen the worst after the Sun Flares struck the Earth’s surface, and millions of people were killed. But then an unstoppable illness ravaged the bodies and minds of the remaining survivors. Simply known as the Flare, the disease seemed unstoppable until a cure was discovered, but that relief came at a human cost. Now it's up to Thomas, Teresa and the others, who will discover that while they may have escaped the Maze, they've entered into an experiment more terrifying than anything they could imagine. Explore how the terrifying W.C.K.D. came to be, and how the very first Maze was designed. Discover what it takes to survive in a post-Flare world, against the violent Cranks that have begun to take over humanity, only to learn that the Glade may not be the only Maze W.C.K.D. was running. With over 6.5 million books in print, and an international hit film series, it’s plain to see fans lost themselves in James Dashner’s bestselling series. Featuring an introduction from Dashner himself, this collection of all new short stories reveals the hidden histories of your favorite Gladers, including Aris, Ava Paige, and Mary Cooper before The Scorch Trials hits theaters on September 18.

30 review for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}

    In the vein of other reviewers, I'm going to recommend you read that freaking introduction. If the adaptation of The Maze Runner pissed you off, or The Scorch Trials already looks like it'll piss you off, read James Dashner's introduction to this comic book. Seriously, I wish people like Stephen King and Stan Lee would stand up against the angry nerds and represent themselves fairly and make the point that some things don't transition. Hell, there's even a shout-out to fanfiction-writing trash lik In the vein of other reviewers, I'm going to recommend you read that freaking introduction. If the adaptation of The Maze Runner pissed you off, or The Scorch Trials already looks like it'll piss you off, read James Dashner's introduction to this comic book. Seriously, I wish people like Stephen King and Stan Lee would stand up against the angry nerds and represent themselves fairly and make the point that some things don't transition. Hell, there's even a shout-out to fanfiction-writing trash like me! This part of the intro really got me, and whatever reservations I had about seeing The Scorch Trials next month were way past the Gone after I read it. Like me, I hope you'll set aside any concerns over the differences between these two versions of the same world. The characters you love are there, the spirit and the tone and world structure are there. The differences are subtle enough to keep you on your toes and allow you to experience the roller coaster as if it's the first time you had the guts to step up the Maze all over again. The books will always be there. Thomas, Alby, Teresa, Minho, Newt, Chuck, Gally- all of them live, and sometimes die, withint those pages. Nothing WILL ever change within those volumes. Keep them on your shelves and open them up when you want those familiar, original moments. Seriously. Rage out on the guy after that. Can't be done. I loved The Maze Runner trilogy, even though I saw the Maze Runner movie before I read them. It's possible to love both, right? So, much like when I reviewed Joe Hill's Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition, I'm gonna break this down story-by-story. Since I just preached for less angry nerding, I'm not gonna bash what I hated. No, seriously. I'm not. Let me start by saying this bridges absolutely zero gaps. Between anything. It's purely loose-end-tying-up. Okay. I said it. Run Alone. For a character who played a main role in all three books, Minho got surprisingly little story in them. So when it turned out the first story was about him and Ben, I was actually really excited. It's the shortest one in the book, but I will have to say it's my favorite. Kinda puts Ben's attitude from The Maze Runner into perspective. My Friend George. Alby, yes! Again, very little story on this dude. He was the leader because he was strong and he was smart, right? But even people who are strong and smart make mistakes. And we get to see Alby making a very human mistake, which, if you found him abrasive in the book, was nice, because it makes you really appreciate him for what he was; a flawed hero. True Maze. Aris, Harriet, Sonya, Ximina and Rachel, some Minho-look-alike, the Icers. I really loved this one. I mean, it was really just a re-telling of the first Maze Runner book with chicks instead of guys, except it was illustrated and it was condensed. Nothing too special, really. What we call in the ficverse a gender-bend. Maybe this is why Dashner appreciates fanfiction, he wrote it for his own book with Group B in The Scorch Trials. Scorched. Oh, shuck me. Okay, I advocated for kinder nerds. So I guess I can't flame this one (no matter how much I want to). It's a backstory on Brenda (probably my favorite not-blonde not-British character, cough, cough) and Jorge. See, the first thing I want to do bitch about what they got wrong. Buuut I won't. It's a good story, really, with an early introduction to The Right Arm, kind of a rough draft of what they were pre-dating The Death Cure. World Gone Wicked. Yes. Yes. Holy supervirus blues, Batman, yes! This one made me so mad. And not angry nerd Spiderman-shot-webs-out-of-his-wrists-Toby-McGuire-you-slinthead mad. Really mad, like when I read The Death Cure. It's like a prequel to the terrifying story we get in that book, and it makes me as Big-Brother-paranoid as TDC did. I can't really dissect it without spoiling some stuff for you, but, if you liked The Death Cure (we can protect you) you'll enjoy it a lot. In that intro, Dashner said, and I quote, 'series of graphic novels'. Another graphic set in this universe with this writer Jack Lanzig, yes please! I'll certainly be on the lookout for a second volume. WICKED is good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Love

    First of all, if the introduction doesn't thrill you, you're not a true Maze Runner fan. James Dashner actually EXPLAINS why the books and movie(s) are different, making me proud to be a Dashner fan! Ever wonder about Ben before he got the stung and banished? Explained! Ever wonder about Aris in Group B before the scorch? Explained! And you even find out the origin to the disease turning people into cranks! With an open mind I found this graphic novel to be both brilliant and informing on a more First of all, if the introduction doesn't thrill you, you're not a true Maze Runner fan. James Dashner actually EXPLAINS why the books and movie(s) are different, making me proud to be a Dashner fan! Ever wonder about Ben before he got the stung and banished? Explained! Ever wonder about Aris in Group B before the scorch? Explained! And you even find out the origin to the disease turning people into cranks! With an open mind I found this graphic novel to be both brilliant and informing on a more in depth look at a already complex story with characters I love! I also really enjoyed how they took the focus AWAY from Thomas and Teresa. I love them, sure, but I was glad to see background given to other side/supporting characters. If you've (at least) read the first two books, this would be well worth the read. Very easy to get through and had a lot of fascinating content.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Quality Rating: Four Stars Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars A really interesting collection of short stories in graphic novel form from before The Maze Runner starts. I think the marketing is a bit off since this isn't one prelude but five, and not what sounds like between the first and second book. But the various forms of illustration are very nice, and I enjoyed reading about some of the smaller characters in the series (the story following Group B and Aris' arrival was especially good). The storie Quality Rating: Four Stars Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars A really interesting collection of short stories in graphic novel form from before The Maze Runner starts. I think the marketing is a bit off since this isn't one prelude but five, and not what sounds like between the first and second book. But the various forms of illustration are very nice, and I enjoyed reading about some of the smaller characters in the series (the story following Group B and Aris' arrival was especially good). The stories are definitely from the darker days of the world, but overall a really interesting read. Most definitely finish the trilogy before you read this though or you will be completely spoiled for The Death Cure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julianna Wagar

    This graphic novel answered a lot of my questions and was a fast easy read! I recommend all Gladers to read this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abel

    Grade: A- I never realized they made a Prequel Graphic Short Stories of Book-to-Film Adaptation. This made me still Confused today because this focused on the Film instead of Book. It’s Complicated to this (My Head Hurt 🤕). I just wish James Dashner would’ve write a Short story collection of Maze Runner, that would be Amazing. Speaking of James Dashner, he wrote Introduction to this so that good enough for me And fans. Run Alone- This was good that shown of Minho shortly before the 1st Film. I got Grade: A- I never realized they made a Prequel Graphic Short Stories of Book-to-Film Adaptation. This made me still Confused today because this focused on the Film instead of Book. It’s Complicated to this (My Head Hurt 🤕). I just wish James Dashner would’ve write a Short story collection of Maze Runner, that would be Amazing. Speaking of James Dashner, he wrote Introduction to this so that good enough for me And fans. Run Alone- This was good that shown of Minho shortly before the 1st Film. I got to say, I’m impressed that were written by Film Director Wes Ball And Co-Screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. My Friend George- Very Short Story But Really, Really Good that shown Ally make a human mistake and learn from Mistakes to a real lesson to learn a Rule of Survive from Reality of Nightmare. What reallly surprise was Crank Boy who tied up was George, Brenda’s Brother. This was very well done again by Wes Ball and T.S. Nowlin. True Maze- Ok, This is Much Like a Fanfiction of re-telling of The Maze Runner with all girls and One Boy. This is good story, but the error Are shade creatures instead of grievers and Sonya's Hair is blonde, not black. Would be awesome that author would’ve wrote like this, not just a sequel, but much like the universe of Maze Runner (Original, Not Movies) Scorched- This is good where Jorge met Brenda, and Introduction to The Right Arm,And this Story is OK but comic art are kind of Blurry and it’s almost burn my eyes. World Gone WCKD- Holy Shank! This is Great Prequel Story! This Focus after the event of World’s Half-Destruction And begin a formed organization, WCKD and shown a Character in appearance including Ava Paige, Mary Cooper, and Janson. This is exactly what happened to the World before the Event of The Maze Runner. Got to Say I’m Impressed! 5 Prequel Stories Are Actually Well Done, to be Honest. That would be awesome to make Graphic Novel Adaptation of The Maze Runner, That would be easy way. Like And Always, WCKD is Good.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was actually a really great addition to the movies and the books. This helped clear up some of the more confusing bits of the story and would definitely help people just watching the movies understand the stakes. I wasn't a huge fan of the art work, but I really loved each of these individual stories. This was surprisingly much darker than I thought it would be, even given the original material is dark.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jovany Ibarra

    Really good book. There is some confusing parts, but either way it's still a great book. I loved it. One thing the book kind of slacked was more back story. I didn't really get what happened to the characters before the panels of them started. In my opinion, my favorite part was at the end. I recommend you read this book. Overall it was a good book. Also, when you finish the book, tell me what your favorite part was. Again mine was the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vlin

    Not too satisfied with this book, and it's not bad. I would of gave this book a 3.5, but I guess I could add that .5 in. Let me warn you, this is not just a graphic novel that is either a lone book or is starting a series. Instead, it's based off of a movie series and a book series, except for that this is in comic version. It doesn't tell the whole story of the book series in comics, but it gives you some little clips that show what was not included in the books or movies. Some examples include, Not too satisfied with this book, and it's not bad. I would of gave this book a 3.5, but I guess I could add that .5 in. Let me warn you, this is not just a graphic novel that is either a lone book or is starting a series. Instead, it's based off of a movie series and a book series, except for that this is in comic version. It doesn't tell the whole story of the book series in comics, but it gives you some little clips that show what was not included in the books or movies. Some examples include, how the first maze for the girls was designed. who put the virus into this scorched world, and how Brenda met Jorge. If you have not read the books or seen the movies, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT READ THE GRAPHIC NOVEL! You could read the prologue, but overall, you will be confused. Some of my favorite comic clips are Minho's daily journal and life as a runner, and as well as what Mary Cooper's story. The artwork on both of them were absolutely amazing! But them best of them all, is probably Alby's story. It was short-indeed it was, but it was powerful in feeling and what he truly felt when he was alone. This story explained his feelings so well for some reason to me I felt like I could believe him when he said he would do better. Again, the artwork is GORGEOUS! Overall, this book is pretty entertaining. It shouldn't be called a prelude, just saying. Kudos to the illustrators, they did awesome! Get this book, if you can understand the backbone story of it. It would probably be worthwhile to read for a lot of people, but it is a bit pricey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Maze Runner is Bae and this was just perfection. I loved this graphic novel! The art is gorgeous and i love the 5 short stories inside. Not even lying but i got the feels. The first short story was out of Minho's journal; about Ben becoming a runner. I was surprised about a few stuff about Ben, sad. Second was Alby. Omg i had the feels. Alby talking about his experience being the first one to the second guy, who was sadly in a bad situation. Poor Alby. Third was Aris in the Girls Maze, which i l Maze Runner is Bae and this was just perfection. I loved this graphic novel! The art is gorgeous and i love the 5 short stories inside. Not even lying but i got the feels. The first short story was out of Minho's journal; about Ben becoming a runner. I was surprised about a few stuff about Ben, sad. Second was Alby. Omg i had the feels. Alby talking about his experience being the first one to the second guy, who was sadly in a bad situation. Poor Alby. Third was Aris in the Girls Maze, which i loved! So interesting to see the second maze and the girls were so badass! Forth was about Brenda and how she met Jorge. Once again i loved seeing the characters past. And finally; Five: The situation with the world falling apart along with the business of the Flare. SO interesting especially with so many questions about this world and how it all happened. I also loved seeing peeks of other characters pasts. I'm a Maze Runner fan (love the books and films) and i loved this graphic novel. I deffo recommend. I gave this 5 stars, its a new favorite which will have a special place on my bookshelves.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelsi

    This isn't really a prelude to Scorch Trails like the title states. It is more like deleted scenes from the whole Maze Runner series. There are five parts to the graphic novel focusing on different characters: Minho, Alby, Aris, Brenda, and Mary Cooper/the formation of WCKD. I loved Alby's section! It was powerful and beautifully done. We get to see why he is a such a strong and strict leader and, I think we all agree that he is a character that deserved more page time. The art was great as well This isn't really a prelude to Scorch Trails like the title states. It is more like deleted scenes from the whole Maze Runner series. There are five parts to the graphic novel focusing on different characters: Minho, Alby, Aris, Brenda, and Mary Cooper/the formation of WCKD. I loved Alby's section! It was powerful and beautifully done. We get to see why he is a such a strong and strict leader and, I think we all agree that he is a character that deserved more page time. The art was great as well. Especially during Alby's scenes. If you enjoyed the Maze Runner series then this graphic novel is worth checking out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Causey

    This was really good and I loved it. My only thing is, is this canon from the movie? I'm assuming so. Most of it fits but there are some things that I don't think they thought about the timeline. Other than that, it was really good. And seriously though, the girls had a harder time in their maze than ANYONE! I mean, ice skating and climbing?!? Along with flying monsters?!? And all the boys had to do was run from grievers hahah. The only think I don't understand is how Aris and Rachel got stuck w This was really good and I loved it. My only thing is, is this canon from the movie? I'm assuming so. Most of it fits but there are some things that I don't think they thought about the timeline. Other than that, it was really good. And seriously though, the girls had a harder time in their maze than ANYONE! I mean, ice skating and climbing?!? Along with flying monsters?!? And all the boys had to do was run from grievers hahah. The only think I don't understand is how Aris and Rachel got stuck with WICKED while Harriet and Sonya got out, considering this is going by the movie and what happened.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nataly Ruelas

    This book was mostly about the stories behind the new characters in the scorch trial. I personally like this book because it's a graphic novel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Empire of Books

    The arts good, and the stories okay but they're nothing too exciting and nothing all that new either really. Good job it was on offer, I wouldn't want to pay full price for it. Bit of a let down. If you want to read what happens before the trilogy just read The Kill Order. That's the best way to do it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Not bad...this was sort of a prequel to the Maze Runner series, giving readers insight to plenty of never-before-seen sequences. I particularly liked the chapter where there was an alternate maze to the one we've always known -- an all-girl version with a boy appearing from the hatch. Pretty cool.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Giano

    I thought this graphic novel was great.It has lots of actions and many things going on. I did kind of get confused on one part about finding a cure. However this is a great book and do recommend to anyone that is into action and adventure books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara B.

    3.5 stars. Basically Maze Runner fan fiction short stories in comic form endorsed by James Dashner. Most of the stories were a 3, but I loved the last one. It seemed to fill in a lot of whole and explain the Killzone and why they were put in the maze to begin with.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kari (BookandCoffeeLover)

    Very different from the books but still interesting! Great stories and beautiful art!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misbah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. YES F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!!! Major SPOILERS This graphic novel gives us the skinny on what happened all those years ago that lead to the formation of the Trials. It also gives us a glimpse into life in the glade before Thomas arrived and shows us the maze that group B lived in (full of ice and winged monsters). The Sun scorched Earth and there were only enough supplies left to sustain 70% of the population. A bunch of asshole government officials decided they didn't want to spread out those resources and YES F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!!! Major SPOILERS This graphic novel gives us the skinny on what happened all those years ago that lead to the formation of the Trials. It also gives us a glimpse into life in the glade before Thomas arrived and shows us the maze that group B lived in (full of ice and winged monsters). The Sun scorched Earth and there were only enough supplies left to sustain 70% of the population. A bunch of asshole government officials decided they didn't want to spread out those resources and freakin share some food, so they did the next logical thing...kill off 30% of the population. WTF??!! Yeah, that makes total sense. So they have a scientist, Dr. Mary Cooper, develop a virus targeting a subset of the population with a genetic abnormality. Everything was going as planned until mother nature intervened. What happens when you mess with nature? It messes right back. The virus mutated and started affecting a lot more people than planned, basically crippling civilization. Dr Cooper discovers that some children are immune to the virus and reluctantly shares that information. This leads to the kidnap of children from their families so that they can be experimented on. The more the children's minds are put under stress and involved in problem-solving situations, the more the viral "killzone" part of their brain develops. When regular puzzles, like chess, aren't producing enough results, they decide to up the ante and that how the trials and the maze were formed. Now that I have this information everything makes a LOT more sense. As I think back, I realize that most of this information was already presented to me throughout the first and second book, but it didn't make sense until I saw it written out like this. I was getting super frustrated because the story was progressing really quickly and I still didn't get what the heck was happening. I think reading the Death Cure will be more enjoyable now.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Marie

    At first I thought that this was a graphic novel for The Scorch Trials and I went out looking for the graphic novel for The Maze Runner. After I seemed to not find one for the Maze Runner I read the description and realized that this graphic novel is not the adaption of the novel The Scorch Trials but instead mini stories about the characters who are in the book. I really did enjoy these 5 mini stories for the series. I thought they each provided information that made sense in relationship to wha At first I thought that this was a graphic novel for The Scorch Trials and I went out looking for the graphic novel for The Maze Runner. After I seemed to not find one for the Maze Runner I read the description and realized that this graphic novel is not the adaption of the novel The Scorch Trials but instead mini stories about the characters who are in the book. I really did enjoy these 5 mini stories for the series. I thought they each provided information that made sense in relationship to what you are given in the books. I think that my favorites were: Alby and the the last one which showed the background for the events that led up to the creation of the maze. The third book, not being one of my favorites, I still thought was very good but it just seemed to be so easily made as it was the same story of the maze runner but with the opposite sexes. I did like how their maze was made out of snow. I think that would have made for a much more challenging escape. The images throughout the book were very well done. I really loved the ones in the Alby story (which might have been why it was one of my favorites). I wish that his story would have been a little longer because by far it was much shorter than the others. I feel that he was a character that we got to learn very little about and seeing how his life was like in those brief pages made you respect him all the more in the actual book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    After I went through a marathon of all 3 movies as the last one came out, I figured I'd read them all again to disentangle everything a bit in my brain because within those 5 years, I got it all mixed up and it was annoying me a bit. I'm currently only halfway through the first book, but I ended up finally buying both this book and the Death Cure one (which I only just discovered like 2 weeks ago that it existed). Please allow me to use this review to also get back on every content related to th After I went through a marathon of all 3 movies as the last one came out, I figured I'd read them all again to disentangle everything a bit in my brain because within those 5 years, I got it all mixed up and it was annoying me a bit. I'm currently only halfway through the first book, but I ended up finally buying both this book and the Death Cure one (which I only just discovered like 2 weeks ago that it existed). Please allow me to use this review to also get back on every content related to the series. I've complained a lot about this trilogy in those past years, especially books 2&3, I probably said a lot of bad things about all movies too... but I also praised many things about them. So now's the time to settle it all down once and for all. Are there differences between the Maze Runner movies and the books? Of course. Having been involved from the beginning of the process, I supported those changes from novel to film. It's a simple fact: some things that work on the page don't work in a movie, and vice versa. That's just the way it is. And it's okay! That's the great news! No one is more familiar with the novels than I am, and yet the films let me live that world and the characters in a way I never have before. If there's anything to remember from this book, Dashner's introduction to it is definitely one of them. Whenever a book is adapted into a movie (which, let's be real, happens more and more each passing month), there are always as many people being happy about it as there are people criticizing it before it even started. Same goes when it finally comes out (maybe with not the same proportions depending on the adaptation but you get my point). Basically, you can never win. And here's where I think the Maze Runner series is a very critical example, seeing how it took a drastic turn from the books in the second movie. From all adaptations from books that I've seen (which may be not so many), in particular YA novels adaptations, this is the one that changed the most in my opinion. It roughly kept the outlines of the story, but changed the execution leading to the end of book 3. Allow me to say this (again): the movies made more sense here. Now, my main problem when I finished the trilogy was the too many unanswered questions. And well... I still think there were some holes in the whole story that neither the books (either the main trilogy or the prequels), nor the movies gave me answers to. And that's where this book comes in. What's in there is based on the movies, so I'll stay focused on that for now (especially since I still have to get through my re-reading of the books to be able to say anything specific about them). There were many things that were never told before, or only mentioned when needed to get to a particular event... well, we finally have some of them in there, and that's what's amazing about this graphic novel! "RUN ALONE" This first one gives an insight into Minho's runner POV before Thomas got into the maze. (view spoiler)[In particular, it shows him training Ben. Which is something I didn't even know I wanted before I read it. I never really thought about how the new added members of each team of gladers (not only runners, but also builders and whatever the others were) get to learn the needed skills. Runners in particular since they got through the most dangerous parts of it all. Let me just say that seeing Minho go from the idea that he'd rather do it all on his own to the fact that he's not alone on this was... beautiful (and brilliantly narrated). (hide spoiler)] "MY FRIEND GEORGE" We all know that Alby was the first one in the maze, alone (even if, from what I remember about The Fever Code, it says otherwise). Ever wondered how hard it must have been? Well, you get your answer. The story's pretty short, but it's all you need. Also... it actually hurts. "TRUE MAZE" This one is the one I've been waiting for! I've always wanted to know how things worked out in group B (aka. Aris' maze filled with girls), and I finally got it! Part of at least. (view spoiler)[Truth is, I don't remember anything about anyone saying that it was just ice everywhere in that maze, so I was a bit confused. But it also kinda make sense that not all maze would have the same configuration, considering what their purpose was. Anyway, I just want to mention that seeing Aris making his way into the girls' hearts was pretty much all I needed about that other maze. (hide spoiler)] "SCORCHED" Ever wondered how Brenda and Jorge met and became best buddies? Well, here you have it. I'm not too fond of the art of this one to be honest, it's kinda messy and made it hard to follow through. But overall, it's still a nice story. "WORLD GONE WICKED" And, finally, some answers! This one is about WICKED, and it gives more than any of the books did -as far as I remember that is. (view spoiler)[We get to see how Mary fit into the story of WICKED vs the Right Arm. Even better, where the Right Arm actually comes from (the name in particular). And on top of that, how they came up with the mazes, which was definitely the icing on the cake. Of course, it's too short to give all the missing answers, but it gave enough for me to be satisfied with it. (hide spoiler)] I probably have a lot more to say, but I'm gonna wrap it up here for this (mostly because I want to get to read the other graphic novel). If you got through the series, this is the best addition to the whole thing that could ever exist. Hell, even if you haven't read the books and only watched the movies, do yourself a favor and read this! The stories are good, give another view on the flare/virus/trials, and the art is overall pretty nice. Well then... Find me on The Death Cure Graphic Novel Prelude for the rest of my ramblings about the Maze Runner series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat Watson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although I do appreciate this attempts this graphic novel made to provide answers and clarification to questions we’ve had for a long time, I can’t give more than two stars. Things were changed about the story that there was no reason to change. The mazes didn’t start out with only one person. And there wasn’t snow. It was literally built underground in a huge cavern. These details can be found in one of the prequels, The Fever Code. These changes bothered me. I don’t mind if someone wants to cr Although I do appreciate this attempts this graphic novel made to provide answers and clarification to questions we’ve had for a long time, I can’t give more than two stars. Things were changed about the story that there was no reason to change. The mazes didn’t start out with only one person. And there wasn’t snow. It was literally built underground in a huge cavern. These details can be found in one of the prequels, The Fever Code. These changes bothered me. I don’t mind if someone wants to create a fanfic, an interpretation or spin of the story. But to me it wasn’t slated that way. Therefore I don’t see the need to change details like that when it could be just as interesting visually to do it accurately. Overall it was semi-interesting but mostly a frustrating disappointment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    A Bit of Earth

    This book was such a fun read! The stories in this book do take place in the movie-universe, but James Dashner's introduction to the book was excellent and gave the work his stamp of approval which was definitely deserved. The graphic novel gives Maze Runner fans the opportunity to experience the perspectives of Minho, Alby, Aris, and many others. This chance to read about their backstories that weren't explored in the original novels should not be missed! My favorite story was "The True Maze" a This book was such a fun read! The stories in this book do take place in the movie-universe, but James Dashner's introduction to the book was excellent and gave the work his stamp of approval which was definitely deserved. The graphic novel gives Maze Runner fans the opportunity to experience the perspectives of Minho, Alby, Aris, and many others. This chance to read about their backstories that weren't explored in the original novels should not be missed! My favorite story was "The True Maze" about Group B and their maze. It was just so creative and such an interesting take! Plus, it was wonderful to spend some more time with the Group B girls and Aris!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was an awesome addition to the books and the movies. It gave a little background to some of the characters, but I wish there was more! It was a fast read for me and after I was done I really wanted there to be more stories. The illustrations were interesting and different for each story, but I didn't why it had to be mixed with some photos form the movie. The illustrations were enough. It was enjoyable to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gianella Urday Ibarra

    Very important: Read the introduction. Dashner shows how beautifully the movie-universe and the book-universe can co-exist. Whatever happens on each side is canon there and I think that it is very important to recognize it. I found to graphic novel very entertaining and easy to read. Loved the art and got more interested in the Maze Runner universe. Some things were explained and overall I am satisfied with the novel prelude. Remember, this is movie-canon.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    I liked some of this, especially the one with Brenda and Jorge, but also some of of it doesn't fit well with movie canon like it is supposed to (particularly the one about Aris and Group B, that one was weird) so not great but an interesting look at the movie's universe- a lot of the art was nice too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude” by Jackson Lanzing, Collin P. Kelly, James Dashner Various short comic stories about the world created by James Dashner. All of which present a different aspect of this dystopian story. ***

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tally

    Art was great and really helped me with this series cause it was kinda hard to imagine for me. I just wanted to recap and picked this up on Libby. I wish there was more to the actual story though. Regardless I enjoyed reading it though.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bryson Hunter

    This final book that concludes Thomas' journey through the world is a thriller and keeps you wanting to actually continue to read. I enjoyed reading this novel and had enjoyed how well written it is; but for those who don't like surprise endings I wouldn't recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharla Hanson

    Kind of confused on when and where this takes place, but overall good book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MeganReadsALot

    3.5* for the inaccuracy

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