Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication date: 2011
It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.
The time for lies is over.
The Death Cure is the third and final book of the James Dasher‘s series The Maze Runner. Unfortunately, I cannot say it was the best one. While it did maintain the quick pace and action-packed chapters there were a few things that kind of broke my heart. But we’ll get to that in a bit.
The Death Cure plot starts with Thomas who had been kept in isolation and finally released by the ‘Rat man’ – Assistant Director Janson. Thomas and all remaining alive Gladers are offered to have their chips removed(the ones that W.I.C.K.E.D. can use to control them) and their memories destroyed. All agree save for Thomas, Minho and Newt who fully distrust W.I.C.K.E.D. and their agenda.
They run for their lives with the help of Brenda and George and end up in Denver, one of the few cities which are not yet overtaken by the Flare and the raging cranks. They are in a search of the Resistance which calls itself ‘The Red Arm’ and has sworn to put an end to W.I.C.K.E.D. one way or another. Gally is with them helping them devise the fateful plan to bring them down.
Thomas and the others are constantly hunted by both agents of W.I.C.K.E.D. as well as bounty hunters who try to earn an extra buck by selling immunes back to W.I.C.K.E.D. for another round of trials.
Another twist, and probably the best and most interesting on in the book, is that W.I.C.K.E.D. tell the Gladers that not all of them are immune to the Flare. That some, like Newt, already have it in the early stages. The news are devastating for both the characters and Newt since that’s pretty much my favorite dude in the book. He is smart and he is funny and I kind of liked him from the get-go. When he finally becomes almost fully crazy he begs for Thomas to kill him, to put him out of his misery.
I can’t say the whole book is not full with action and tension, with no threats or emotional moments but up until the moment they all go to bring W.I.C.K.E.D.’s facility down(Thomas pretending he is finally willing to help) I was kind of dozing off while waiting for something worth my time. There wasn’t this annoyed impatience with the other two books, every moment there made my breathing faster, sharper – every decision and action they took made me wonder what will happen next, will anybody die.
At this point I guess I didn’t expect anyone to die (apart from Newt, bless his soul) and the book lost its magic for me. Then again, some of it returned along with the anticipation of whether Jansen will crack Thomas head open or not and I was on the edge of my seat for that time.
I love how Dashner started building the momentum at this point and I started getting ready for the major culmination, for the discovery of the cure or its destruction – I expected the cure to have been long made but they had covered the truth for some reason; I expected that Thomas was the cure all along; and I expected that there is no cure and everybody would die(George Martin style 😀 )
However, the ending I got did not satisfy my high expectations. In Dashner‘s defense most writers don’t, so it wasn’t a complete surprise. But in the rare cases when awesome series end with a well-thought, incredible ending I am left with feeling of satisfaction and a bit of sadness for weeks. In this case, I was just bitter.
Anyway, I was still entertained with this book although it felt a bit short in comparison with the others. I would still give it 3/5 rating for the excellent execution and the likable characters.
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on The Death Cure?