by James Dashner
Synopsis: (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?
Why I Picked This Book: Come on. It is book three in an awesome trilogy I have been devouring. I don't think I even had a choice.
Oh James Dashner, what a world. What a world.
The Death Cure is the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy. It is jam-pack pull of action, upon action, with a little more action to quench your thirst.
Thomas' world is only flipped upside down more than ever in this final installment. Kept in isolation for who knows how long after completing the Scorch Trials, he is finally let out. All of his friends are there, even Theresa who he still isn't sure he can trust. Then they find out: All of them don't have the Scorch, the deadly disease that turns people into crazed, zombie like beings. And the trials are not done.
At first I was like "What? How can the trials not be done yet? Give these kids a break!"
Then I was like "Oh, alright. Let's make them work a bit more."
I know, a bit sadistic. But hey, aren't we all?
The kids, both the Gladers and Group B are then told: They are getting their memories back. Yes,they won't be blank slates anymore. Most go for it. Why wouldn't you want your memories back? All except for Thomas. And Minho. And Newt. Newt, who by the way, does actually have the Flare.
This will result in a mass break out, hiding out in a walled in city, and secret upon secret.
What I loved: The action. Man this book had action. I love how Dashner describes a scene. I get so pulled into I forget I am even reading it. I am living it. You never know who to truly trust. You never know what is waiting around each corner. This world full of Cranks and overly controlling WICKED is terrifying, horrific, and I want more.
And, I will admit, my heartstrings were tugged. A few times.
What I didn't love: Thomas not getting his memory back. In the previous two books they talk non stop about how he was involved in creating the Maze. How he did things, how he created things. Heck, in book one a Glader gets his memories back and tries to kill Thomas for what he did. I want to know! Then... he refuses to remember. I get why. He didn't want to face what he might have done before this whole mess started. But still... hinting so much at that past then never fully letting us in on it, that's just mean.
Along with that, the relationship between Thomas/Theresa/Brenda. Don't worry, a mass love triangle doesn't take over this book. I just wish those loose ends had been tightened. Whenever those two ladies were mentioned, I became lost in what the heck Thomas was feeling about them. Did he love them? Trust them? Hate them? I don't know... I do have my pick of the ladies, but to avoid spoilers, I won't get into it right now.
The ending was nice. Though I almost feel that ending could have been added into the end of The Maze Runner to seal it is a perfectly awesome single standing work of YES. I still thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.
Overall, I did love The Death Cure. If it weren't for some unexplained questions, the memories, and the strange woman issues, this book would have warranted a 5 star from me. As it is, I am still giving it a very strong 4. If you enjoyed the first two books, make sure to pick this final installment as well!
Thank you for the awesome trilogy, Dashner. What's next?
(4 out of 5 stars)