The Death Cure by James Dashner

April 10, 2015 Reviews 12

The Death Cure by James DashnerThe Death Cure by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #3
Published by Delacorte Press on October 11, 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 325
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

On it’s own, The Death Cure would probably get a higher rating from me. Its exciting and fast paced. And I was on my toes the whole time, just waiting for the giant curve ball – like the one I got in The Maze Runner – to take it from good to great. I’m still waiting. And that’s besides the fact as the ENDING of a trilogy it left way too many unanswered questions.

A quick note – I’m going to address some if the questions that came up in the previous two books, so there will be some series spoilers from them in this review.

So here begins my rant…

In The Maze Runner we find out that Thomas and Teresa were somehow part of building this huge, multi-tiered experiment. The big questions- for me at least – were WHY? HOW EXACTLY? WHY? ok I asked why twice because seriously that’s such an important question. I’ll give you two guesses… Which question did The Death Cure answer?

If you guessed NEITHER, you’d be correct. This is all the more frustrating because the opportunity to answer both questions comes up over and over and over again. Thomas avoids getting the answer in such ridiculous ways that I’m not convinced even THE AUTHOR knows. Its like he built in this fabulous plot twist and didn’t know how to resolve it, so he didn’t. Not cool!

And I still don’t understand the point of the experiments. Okay, yeah, science isn’t my strong point but I just don’t get how all the things they put these kids through has ANY connection to a cure. It just doesn’t make sense.

And, after reading The Death Cure, I understand The Scorch Trials even less. What was that book’s purpose in the trilogy? As far as I can tell it did three things – (1) undermined Teresa (which she could have easily done herself in The Death Cure…), (2) introduced some new characters (who could have easily introduced in The Death Cure), and (3) introduced the flare, cranks, etc. The flare actually never should have been introduced since it’s this huge environmental factor that goes largely unaddressed and the cranks get more than enough time in The Death Cure.

Okay, here endeth the rant…

Here’s the thing about The Death Cure. Despite being incredibly unsatisfying as the conclusion of the trilogy, its actually a very fun, fast, and pretty exciting read. A lot happens super fast and it did remind me of the intensity of reading The Maze Runner. Too bad it just couldn’t live up to all the promises The Maze Runner hinted at for the trilogy. 🙁

2.5 stars Meh
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About James Dashner

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.


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12 Responses to “The Death Cure by James Dashner”

  1. Jen Twimom

    OMG… Your review reads so much like mine. I devoured The Maze Runner (book format) and then listened to the second and third books. To this day, I still tell people to read The Maze Runner – it’s just that good. But don’t read the rest of the series. Like you, I was ultimately disappointed in the end. Why do all of that? And really, the biggest twist of the entire series is in the very end of the book – like an afterthought. WTH?! UGH. I was exhausted by the end and there wasn’t much return.
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    • Berls

      I agree – I really should have just stopped, but The Maze Runner leaves you with so much promise. I read the Scorch Trials and was disappointed, but wanted answers so read on. Grrr! And that ending! Seriously?! That’s not how you end things! LOL I’ve looked at reviews for the prequel, but they don’t seem to offer many answers, so I’m not putting myself through that. But I would still recommend The Maze Runner to people, it was really good.
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  2. Lola

    It’s sad this book didn’t live up to it’s potential and you don’t get the answers to those questions. I read your review even as I haven’t read the first two books yet as I don’t plan on reading them. It sounds like a good series, but it never really appealed to me. And it’s weird how the second book makes less sense when you have the bigger picture of the third book, it sounds a bit like middle book syndrome. Great review!
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  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Oof! Man, I’m sorry this was such a big disappointment, Berls. I haven’t read the series myself but I know my daughter, Sky, read Maze Runner. She hasn’t continued the series because she hasn’t had the time but I’m not sure I’ll encourage her to. It rather stinks that you invested so much time into a story to be left dissatisfied. I wonder what Dashner was thinking…or if, as you said, he himself didn’t know the answers here. Still….

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your current reads. 😉 Happy Friday, my friend. Only 32 more days til we can sip cocktails in person!!
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    • Berls

      OMG I’m loving my current reads 😉 Thank you so much – you pulled me out of my slump!

      Yeah I wouldn’t encourage her to read it. I pushed on because I wanted answers and then it didn’t give me answers. I would have rather had an open ending at the end of 1 good book instead of at the end of 1 good book and 2 mediocre ones 🙁

      • Bookworm Brandee

        *squee* I’m so happy to have helped pull you out of your slump! And I’m really glad you love Grace & Vaughn. *sigh*

        I talked to Sky about your review this morning. She said she might not continue but wondered if you’d read the prequel which was published after The Death Cure…she said she wondered if he had so many complaints he went back to try to give answers. *ha* Still didn’t really make her want to read it.
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        • Berls

          I freaking LOVE Grace and Vaughn. Vaughn is… *sigh* lol

          So no, I haven’t read the prequel. I thought about it, but I pushed to read this looking for answers and I’m not sure I can push through another – especially since the reviews (from the reviews by people who felt like me about this book) suggest it also doesn’t have answers, plus its not even the same characters. So it would be even harder to push through. If she reads it and there are answers, ask Sky if she can just pass along the answers. Lol because I’m done 🙂

  4. Ramona

    Psst! Here’s a secret: I didn’t really get the attraction with this series and actually only read the first book. Now I feel even less inclined to push myself through the next two books. As you say, ducks … meh. Have a beautiful weekend <3
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    • Berls

      Yeah, I loved the first book and have been steadily more disappointed. I really only read this one because I wanted to get some answers… which I never got! Grrr!

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