Dashner declined comment on the decision, as did Random House Children's Books, said publicist Emily Pourciau.
Reviewers have noted the book's graphic scenes of violence, comparing it to national writer Suzanne Collin's best-selling Hunger Games series. The Scorch Trials, the story of teenagers trekking across a dystopian landscape populated by "Cranks," includes words such as "damn" and "this sucks," as well as the phrase "shuck it."
The phrase "I'm with shuck face" has proved popular among the book's fans, with one reader emblazoning it on a T-shirt seen on Dashner's website at www.jamesdashner.com. Dashner, who attended Brigham Young University, lives in South Jordan with his wife and four children.
Dashner's book is among the top 15 best-selling titles for children and teens, according to Amazon.com sales figures.
It was released this fall by Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group, a division of Random House Children's Books, with a first printing of 100,000 copies and a six-city national author's tour. The book is the second of an announced trilogy, coming as a follow-up to Dashner's popular The Maze Runner. It tells the story of boys living inside the walls of a structure called "The Glade" who must work their way through a monster-filled maze. The Scorch Trials resumes the adventures of the Gladers.
In a similar move in the spring of 2009, Deseret Book requested that its locations return back copies of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire romance Twilight novels after the company said they "met with mixed reviews."
Although the bookstore doesn't have copies of The Scorch Trials on its shelves, Halladay noted that customers can special order the title for pick-up.
Shuck this: The Scorch Trials
O Visit South Jordan writer James Dashner's website at www.jamesdashner.com.