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The Death Cure by James Dashner

The Death Cure

by James Dashner

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Series: The Maze Runner (3)

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Oh dear goodness…where to begin?

So let me just put it out there…I didn't absolutely hate the book. It had a lot of good things going for it, and the overall plot had a decent amount of action that would make it worthwhile to make a movie out of. Oh wait…there is a movie of the series. The first one anyway. For a young adult (or young teenager, really), then this would be a fun romp through another post-apocolyptic world where teenagers are our saviors. Sounds about right.

Characters. Thomas could, quite literally, be the poster child for making bad decisions. I mean, really. Every chapter had him dealing with a situation that could have been avoided had he made a smart decision that any sane person would make. And it was made very clear that he was one of the few sane people left on planet Earth. Each chapter was like your typical monster-of-the-week tv show of the 1990s. One situation comes up quickly, and is resolved rather quickly as well, deus-ex-machina style. I really wanted these events to have a deeper connection to the overall plot mechanics, but I guess I was just hoping for too much.

I also had a really hard time believing many of the relationships that were developed over the course of the three books…otherwise known as about a month or two. And for Thomas to label these characters as his best friends just felt…a little too over-dramatic. But then I think…oh wait, they're teenagers, and a month can seem like a long time for friends to be made and to lose them just as quickly. Fine…I'll accept that.

In terms of characterization, it felt like there were just a few characters in a very large stadium with fake audience members sitting all around. Besides our main characters getting some screen time, and some of them popping up all of a sudden (so I'm supposed to remember who Sonya was, who only appeared near the end of the third book? Orly?). But other than them, the rest of the cast was practically non-existent. I really didn't know who they were, and their overall contribution to the story.

And so many unanswered questions. I think one of the biggest gripe that I have with the three books was the use of a lack of knowledge to power the plot along. What would have been more interesting is if Thomas got his memories back right from the beginning and we dealt with the repercussions of his actions. Instead…we're just as baffled running around Denver as Thomas is. So if the other characters got their memories back, would that be utilized at all in the book? Nope…they disappear, and their real only contribution (by them, I mean Teresa only) is letting us know how to dispatch the Grievers. That's only the tip of the iceberg.

This book had a lot of potential. I think a lot of it could have been improved upon by providing more background on the world that the characters lived in, more information about the sun flares and their relationship to the Flares; the purpose of Thomas and Teresa and, really, WICKED; why WICKED was good, and so much more. I know there's a fourth book that acts as a prequel, but why force your readers to read through all this just to have an answer book at the end (if it really is an answer book). The fun is in discovering as I read along and coming across new questions (of course leaving some cool ones for the end).

Good for lovers of young adult (teenager) fiction and post-apocolyptic world with cool technology. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
The Death Cure... the end to a series that I really enjoyed. And I did enjoy this book, although I am still not sure how I feel about the conclusion!!

I have mixed feelings, but I have to wonder if perhaps that is exactly how the author meant us to feel. These books are surrounded with mystery, the kind of mystery that makes you question the powers that be and their authority and control over your life. That's the bigger message. So the series was written in such a way to constantly foster that mystery and I think that too many neat answers might have eliminated that feeling and lessened them overall messages and themes.

Part of the mystery is rooted in the fact that no one, including the reader, ever seems to know exactly who they can and can't trust. There are moments that it is even hard to tell what is real and what isn't. These things keep the story interesting, and keep the reader from being able to guess what is going to happen next.

The presence of WICKED throughout the series is the source of all mystery. The methods that they use and the things that they do in the name of the greater good are often incomprehensible and horrendous. Their involvement was so mysterious and so convoluted that it just amped up the misdirection and made the answers impossible to guess, which I loved.

The ending was satisfying, but I think I expected something different, something more epically conclusive. By the end, the characters, and the reader, are exhausted and full of conflicting emotions. Their stories have been confusing and twisted and the ending leaves them with a sense of hope. And that is something that they have not had for a very long time.

My Recommendation: I am sad to see this series end, although I am happy that The Kill Order begins a prequel trilogy. I loved the premise of this story and found it engrossing and unique. ( )
  Kiki870 | May 5, 2015 |
I was only going to give it three stars but changed my mind at the end. All in all, I really like the series. I like how it ended. There were some things I was a little bugged about in this book in particular, like that they never had Thomas get back his memories. I really thought that had potential to be good. I kept waiting for it to happen and was very disappointed when it didn't--even if he did get a few memories. But still. Enough curiosity was there that it would have been very interesting to include that. There were also some parts I thought either repetitive or tedious. But it's a great story. Probably may favorite part was when he killed Newt. That was maybe the strongest part of the whole book. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
Loved it, this book is a great finale to a great series and I felt that it was the climax to book 2. The Trials are over. WICKED have collected all the information they are keeping silent that the results show no conclusive outcomes to develop a vaccine that will ultimately save the human race from the flare (introduced in book 2) . The flare is a virus (dropped into the world by WICKED as a way to control over population) that infects humans, slowly turning them into raging scab infested zombies that attack and eat anything that moves. Not all people are susceptible to the flare, Thomas, Minho, Brenda & Jorge find out that they are Munies , they will never get the flare.
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted. But WICKED say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission, to save the human race. WICKED propose to use Thomas as a leader to persuade other Gladers, as throughout the trials he has always shown to have the best resilience to the variables that have been thrown in. Saying that he has the power to save the human race, it's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. Wicked are hoping to restore all previous memories and reset them so that they can begin the Trials all over again.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think and he knows that before the trials began the world was in turmoil, he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says and yet he has continual flashbacks ‘WICKED is Good’.
With the Gladers divided, as well as WICKED who now has division amongst the ranks, can both groups achieve their objective; Gladers to escape another set of trials that will be doomed to fail and WICKED to save the human race, to right the wrong of the past. WICKED leaders ‘Ratman’ Janson is hell bent on setting up a new set of trials while Chancellor Paige is not so sure that finding a vaccine is the way to go. Both want to save the human race so therefore WICKED is good????? Can they all make it? Not all do, but it all ends with a small group (Munies) being able to resettle and begin the human race all over again, thanks somewhat to Chancellor Paige , WICKED is Good, the human race has been saved. ( )
  rata | Apr 14, 2015 |
Oh wow! What a great book! I just want to read the series all over again. ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 25, 2015 |
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As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.

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