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Monday, November 21, 2011

[Review] The Death Cure by James Dashner

Title: The Death Cure
Series:  The Maze Runner Trilogy
Author:  James Dashner
Genre:  ya, dystopian, post apocalyptic
Format:  Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication Date:  October 11 2011
Published By:  Random House, Inc.Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Source:  Received from Publisher for Review.

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?

Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?

My Thoughts

This final book in The Maze Runner trilogy picks up right where The Scorch Trials left off. Thomas is in a white padded room, contemplating something interesting...

"It was the smell that began to drive Thomas slightly mad. Not being alone for over three weeks. Not the white walls, ceiling and floor."

James Dashner definitely brought his A game back when writing The Death Cure. All the minor things that annoyed the heck out of me in The Scorch Trials was smoothed over by the fabulous writing and story-telling in this conclusion. It was an amazingly awesome wrap-up to this exciting and enjoyable series.

I don't want to give too much away, because I know nothing ruins my day more than stumbling across a nasty spoiler that drives me crazy for days on end...but I just have to say that I absolutely adore a writer who is not afraid to kill off main characters if and when it needs to be done. And to do it right! I mean, not just kill them to get a reaction, and not just for a matter of convenience sake, but because this character MUST die for things to be right with the world, and the story (if that even makes sense to does to least in my head...).

That comradeship that was built in The Maze Runner comes back into play in The Death Cure and you see, and feel, how important these relationships these characters have built with each other are, and how fragile they can become when push comes to shove. You care about these characters and what can, and does, happen to them. They are almost like family now!

The chapters, as always, were kept short, yet involved, which keeps the readers interested and coming back for more. Overall it was an amazing story that I am glad I got the opportunity to read and review. The ending cleared up almost all outstanding issues and I was really impressed with the series as a whole.

I recommend this book, and this series, to everyone!

My rating?

Series Rating (My detailed reviews are linked):

Overall Rating: 4.67!!!

And did I mention the best part? James Dashner just announced a prequel to the series, The Kill Order, to be released in August 2012. A prequel! Oh yeah I'll be reading that!


  1. Wow! I cannot get enough of this Maze Runner series! I definitely am putting it on my to-read, to-buy pile for Christmas! This is a fantastic review! And I thank you for not giving anything away, lol. I agree there is nothing more spoiling than a huge annoying spoiler! lol. I am glad you enjoyed the ending of the series, AND that there is a prequel to the series. I find with most final books I am always sad once they are over and thrive to know more, but it seems that The Death Cure has cleared up any questions or unanswered questions from the series which is always rewarding :)
    Thanks for the fabulous review!

  2. I didn't know this series until I saw the cover of The Death Cure on Goodreads last month! This book and the series sounds really interesting!

  3. If they ever make the Death Cure movie, they should open it with the memory of young Thomas being yelled at by his infected father, and his father being taken away. It'll be so powerful to watch that.

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