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“The Death Cure” by James Dashner

Friday, December 04, 2015 - Book Reading
“The Death Cure” by James Dashner

About the book:

THE DEATH CURE, BY JAMES DASHNER
Genre: young adult, dystopian, sci fi
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Release: October 11, 2011
Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

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" by James Dashner

“The Death Cure” by James Dashner

About the author:

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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James Dashner

James Dashner

My review:

Warning: There is, without a doubt, a major spoiler in this review.  Normally I don’t spoil the big things, but I couldn’t write this review without mentioning this huge event because it was so freaking awesome/awful!  Even if you are normally okay with spoilers, you may not be okay with this one.  It’s BIG and important. Spoilers may also be included for the first book and the second book!

Okay, why the hell would you say no to getting your memories back?  Sure, they might be tainted, but they’ve already run you around in so many circles that it can’t be any worse than what you’re already dealing with.  Based on the memories that came back to others in the maze and what Thomas can remember himself, he was part of management, so to speak, and had a big part in actually setting the maze up.  I just don’t get it.  Minho and Newt probably would have gone along with getting their memories back if it hadn’t been for Thomas, so there’s just a whole bag of “what the fuck” right there.

Somehow, the Gladers escape WICKED.  In two groups because of Tommy, Minho, and Newt being separated from the others by refusing their memories.  Brenda and Jorge end up with Tommy’s group, of course, while Teresa is with the rest of them.  Both groups end up in Denver, but don’t meet up until later after being kidnapped.  Gally is alive, by the way, and working with a group called the Right Hand.  Towards the end, this group seems more like a terrorist organization than anything, but I imagine the Flare has something to do with their actions.  After all, Janson goes crazy due to Flare at the end, too.

My favorite part, though, is when Teresa is crushed during the escape.  Granted, I would have prefered it to be Brenda, but I like that one of them is taken out of the equation entirely so that he’ll always have that “but who would I have chosen” thought.  I don’t like Brenda.  I think she was more manipulative than Teresa by a longshot and she didn’t even have anything in her brain controlling her to excuse it.  I do like Teresa, but, if I’m being totally honest, both romances felt awkward and forced to me.  That is the main reason I like the death of Teresa.  He will never know who is actual choice would have been because he doesn’t have a choice.  And because of that, maybe he won’t choose Brenda.  As this is the end of the series, though, I guess we’ll never know!

This book gets 3.5 out of 5.0 stars because it seems like, in spite of the main characters still being a bit flat, the author does a good job of tying his loose ends up, mostly.  I like that he brought back Gally without any “lovey-dovey oh look we’re all best friends now” crap.  I love the big death scene, but I’m iffy about that “paradise” they find.

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