2013 Reads: Thirty-Four {The Death Cure - James Dashner}

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Okay, James Dashner, you win.

That's how you finish a series - true to your story, your plot, and your characters.



Thomas knows he cannot trust a thing WICKED tells him.

They have collected all the data they need from the trials and they swear the time for lying is over. They've promised Thomas that they're close to their final solution - but they just need all of the Gladers to help. They need them to volunteer to provide the last bits of data they need to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare.

WICKED says they need to give them their memories back - everything they lost before they went into the Maze - but Thomas isn't so sure he wants to remember.  Why? Because, contrary to what the people at WICKED know, Thomas is already starting to remember a whole lot more than they believe.

Yes, the time for the lies of WICKED is over. But will the Gladers - and Thomas - be able to survive the truth?


I thoroughly enjoyed this conclusion to The Maze Runner series.

Did it have its issues? Sure. Was I upset about some of the things that happened in this book? Of course. But really, what endings to series don't? There's always going to be something there that will seriously upset some fans (while at the same time make other fans fall even more in love with the book). We all have hopes about how an author will conclude a series we've invested so much time in. But it's when those authors stay true to their characters and the world they've created that you can appreciate how committed the author is to his tale. And Dashner? He's committed. And that's something I can appreciate.

Dashner never eased up on his characters - something which was absolutely maddening to read (I mean, really? I so wanted Thomas and the rest of the remaining Gladers to have a day or two to regroup, rest, and sort through things). But in the world after the Flare? There aren't any days of rest - especially for Thomas and everyone else trying to hide from WICKED. This book was completely action packed, which I've come to expect from Dashner, and he did not disappoint.

I loved Newt in this book. Absolutely loved him. The character development which went into his storyline? It was beautiful. My heart broke for him - especially once Thomas read that note. Ugh. Go ahead and twist the knife again, Dashner.

Yes, he left a lot of questions unanswered. And that epilogue? OHMYGOD. But, you know something? I think that's kind of the point. In a world ravaged by an unthinkable disease, (essentially) human zombies, and a ruling elite who are more scared for themselves than they are compassionate for those outside their walls? There are bound to be so many questions - ethical, logical, moral - that cannot even begin to be thought up let alone answered. Dashner leaves a lot up to us to sort through and come to our own conclusions. The same way it would be if we were stuck in the middle of that messed up world.

Did I mention that epilogue? 


Title: The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian 
Medium: Audio Book, 7 Disks
Publisher: Print: Delacorte Books, Audio: Listening Library (1 January 2011)
Date Read: 7 September 2013
Source: Borrowed From Library
Recommended For: Middle School+, YA Lovers, Fantasy Lovers, Dystopian Lovers
Challenges: Goodreads

First Line: It was the smell that began to drive Thomas slightly mad. 
Favorite Line: Next time I'll pat you on the freaking back for stating the obvious. 

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