Wow! If anything, these book reviews are falling way behind. It happens when I had more time to read than to write (aka waiting in line for an hour before movies and overshot data on my phone). I’m about two reviews behind so I’m working hard on getting things back to speed. After The Cuckoo’s Calling (a more grown-up book), I always like to fall back to some YA fiction. My choice after looking for a while was the next book in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. If you missed it, you can check out my review for the previous two below:
For a recap, I loved The Maze Runner and enjoyed the Scorch Trials but not quite as much. Not exactly sure what to expect for this one, The Death Cure. Let’s check this out! 🙂
**If you have not read and finished up to The Scorch Trials, please stop reading as Book 2 reveals are mentioned a little.**
The Death Cure
(The Maze Runner #3)
by: James Dashner
Thomas gets out of The Scorch Trials and wakes up to find himself locked up by himself in a dark cage. His meals are delivered to him on time everyday as he loses track of time. When they finally release him, he learns about WICKED and the lines between who is on his side or not is getting blurry. Is WICKED good? While they took away all his memories, he starts remembering more about WICKED but this time, he is on the run outside of WICKED to track down his friends and get them out. Will he be able to do it?
Let’s start off with the basics here. The Death Cure is not exactly as great as The Maze Runner but its definitely a lot better than The Scorch Trials. It was a lot of fun to watch and it worked well because it went back to being how we know the first one. It was fast-paced, lots of stuff going on to keep the amp up and Thomas wasn’t a whiny baby that didn’t know when he had to man up. [Just a side note: Its sad because that’s the reason why I’m worried about The Scorch Trials. While Teresa gets a bigger part, Thomas turns into this character that I really loathed reading about. Where was all the courage and bravery he had in the Glades?]
Back on The Death Cure, we now have a label for the virus called The Flare. We know what its about and in this one, Thomas tracks his friends back to one of the cities as we see how the normal people are coping with it. There’s more outside world than the WICKED but if its anything we learned in The Scorch Trials, even when it feels like there is no control, WICKED is control of everything. Trust and loyalty is taken in to the grand scheme of things here. Who can Thomas trust? Who is looking out for the greater good? They even get the option from Janson, who has a much bigger role, to move to the next phase which includes getting back their memories. Is getting the memories back a good thing? Are they even their own memories? WICKED is all about finding a cure for the future but to what ends?
Its a lot of questions that we’ve had rumbling around in our heads through the last two books to this one and demands answers. The Death Cure does a decent job at doing it. In the end, it makes you question: is WICKED good or bad?
I don’t have much to say about The Death Cure. The ending was meant to be a surprise that kind of took me by mild surprise because a lot of people like to do this sort of ending nowadays in movies or books. It was a little apparent at a certain point. I can’t say that this ending wasn’t a possibility that popped in my head but still, points for making this work for the most part. What makes The Death Cure feel more intense is again we have a time limit in place so things need to proceed faster and it pushes the plot along. Also, it puts some of our favorite characters that we’ve grown to know in the last two books into iffy situations that take the ethical and emotional turn. Its always better to have that sort of test especially with the friendships bonded over the rest of the trilogy. Honestly, that is the big thing for me. I never thought the love bits were a necessity and Thomas and his lady friends really don’t interest me all that much. Although it was still apparent in this one, it was enough to not overshadow the main goal and the urgency of the entire situation.
Overall, The Death Cure was a quick read. It wasn’t exactly a page turner but it was easy and thrilling. I like it more than The Scorch Trials and less than The Maze Runner. The ending worked hard to add that twist in, although used frequently in the last few years, it seemed to be the only outcome that would be kind of a surprise and would apply here. The setting being outside of WICKED controlled headquarters is a good one because it lets us see what the Flare is and how the world has been fallen. Thomas being more like the one in Book 1 definitely was a plus. In the end, it does wrap up the main questions we have: Is WICKED good? Is there a cure for the Flare? While I’m not totally behind whether the ending was great or not, the intentions are good. It ties up The Maze Runner trilogy decently.
Have you read the Maze Runner trilogy? What are your thoughts on it?