Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: The Death Cure

by James Dashner
Start Date: 19 October 2011
End Date: 21 October 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Summary (from Goodreads):
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they 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. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

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 he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.

Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

The Death Cure is the third book in the Maze Runner trilogy. 
This review contains no spoilers for The Maze Runner or The Scorch Trials. 

My Review:
I waited a while before writing this review because The Death Cure was so mindblowing that I couldn't get my thoughts together enough to write a coherent review. Part of the amazingness was in the particular circumstance when I was reading it, but there's no denying that James Dashner has written a fantastic conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy.

What made the Death Cure so great was not necessarily the amazing writing but the epicness of the plot. Events were happening so fast, and with so much force that they had me shouting in the middle of lunch and jumping up and down trying not to spill the plot to my friends.

Perhaps the only complaint I had with The Death Cure was that although Thomas had a clear goal the entire time - to destroy Wicked - for much of the book, he wasn't sure how to accomplish it, which led to a slightly meandering plot. Once it got rolling, however, there was no stopping.

I'd recommend rereading The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials before reading The Death Cure because not only does the plot make more sense if you remember more of the previous books, but the trilogy works best as one continuous story.

Although I can see how some readers might think the ending worked out a little too nicely, I didn't think so at all. Actually, I thought it was the perfect way to end the series. Sure, they all got to live happily ever after away from Wicked and without fear of catching the Flare, but meanwhile, the world is still going to fall apart, Thomas still doesn't have all of his memories back, and Newt and Theresa (and Chuck!) are still dead. That doesn't seem like such a happy ending to me. But there's no way it could have ended any other way. What were they supposed to do? And I liked the way it tied into the Maze Trials - the Gladers already proved that they could create a stable society in a harsh environment. Even though the epilogue said that Wicked failed in it's mission, in a way the Maze Trials did exactly what they were supposed to do - they completed a World In Catastrophe experiment, and it succeeded. 

Overall Thoughts: Very well done. A great conclusion to a great trilogy.

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