The Death Cure (Book #3 The Maze Runner Series) by James Dashner
Published: 11th October 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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The Trials are over. WICKED have collected all the information they can. Now it’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. But something has happened that no one at WICKED has foreseen: Thomas has remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted… The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With the Gladers divided, can they all make it?
Following on from The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, I was eager to get stuck in to book three of The Maze Runner Series. As with the previous two, I was sucked in to James Dashner’s dystopian world within the first few pages of The Death Cure, and I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for Thomas and the Gladers next.
The Death Cure begins where The Scorch Trials left off. The Gladers, having been rescued once more by WICKED, find themselves securely tucked away in a WICKED facility. Only this time things are different, WICKED don’t want to keep them in the dark, they need their help to complete the blueprint, the blueprint that is humanities only hope in a search for a cure to the Flare.
After everything they’ve been through Thomas isn’t convinced that WICKED can be trusted, and he’s still not sure about Teresa for that matter, but can he convince the other Gladers? Especially with what WICKED is offering them…Can WICKED be trusted this time? And what of Brenda and Jorge who haven’t been seen since the were rescued?
With the Gladers divided the final test begins…
Following the news that the death sentence has been lifted, for most of them at least, Thomas and the Gladers have a decision to make, at least that’s what they’re told. It’s from here that the action begins and continues right through to its heart racing conclusion.
Thomas and the Gladers experience triumph and turmoil, from start to finish. When things seem to be too good to be true, they ususally are. The Death Cure contains scenes that are both heart wrenching and uplifting as the Gladers face their most difficult decisions yet, both personally and for the sake of the human race.
After everything they’ve been through it’s understandable that Thomas, Newt, Minho and the rest of the Gladers would have trust issues, and what I really loved about The Death Cure is how their individual personalities really shine through as once again they face hardship after hardship. The relationship between Thomas, Newt, and Minho will make your heart hurt at times, but it is wonderful to read.
We are submerged into the ever expanding world of the Gladers as they travel to ‘safe’ zones and crank infested zones alike, finally experiencing society since the outbreak of the Flare. I love that Dashner gives you the full scope of what’s going on in his world, from the big wigs at the top to the common folk, how society has been split, with not just the infected losing their humanity.
The twists and turns are none stop throughout this latest installment. Thomas and his companions have some big decisions to make. With the fate of humanity lying squarely on their shoulders, and with the help of some like-minded individuals, they discover the best way to move forward is sometimes to go back.
The Death Cure has characters old and new, and true to style they derive from you a whole host of emotions. Your feelings toward Rat Man will evolve far beyond disdain, while the Gladers will take you on a rollercoaster tour of your emotions. You’ll find yourself right there with them deciding who to trust.
While the relationship dynamic between Thomas, Newt, and Minho remains my favourite, I mean honestly at times it was hard to hold back the tears, the one between Thomas and Brenda is a pretty close second. As in The Scorch Trials she keeps him on his toes, I love how in tune they are, even though Thomas finds her unreadable at times. I would have liked to have seen more of Thomas and Teresa, their difficulties out in the scorch carry over into this final test, and for me they need a solid resolution, tensions rise and fall throughout but the underlying issues remain.
Fast paced and action paced the story flows from page to page, chapter to chapter. As with the previous installments of The Maze Runner series, the twist and turns will make you dizzy, with the final twist being the best so far.
I loved this series, and the final pages will have you on the edge of your seat, you will not see it coming. Although it does come to a highly satisfying conclusion it terms of what has happen, I did find myself wondering what’s next for the Gladers, where do they go from here? The ending seemed just seemed a bit sudden after all that action.
The Maze Runner Series is a fantastic read, with brilliantly crafted characters and endless plot twists, that will always leave you wanting more. If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, you could not ask for much more, and I highly recommend submerging yourself in this quest to cure the Flare.
4 out of 5