978-0-385-73877-4Title: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: October 11th 2011
Pages: 325
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction
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❝ 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.

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. 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. ❞

I feel like The Death Cure was a decent enough book to end the trilogy. I finished it in one day, so needless to say I liked it. The thing is though, I did not love it, even if it was somewhat better than The Scorch Trials.

What I loved about this book is pretty much the same as with the other books: the plot was really good and interesting, and it was extremely action-filled. The books in the trilogy are never a boring read which made it so much easier to keep turning the pages. Furthermore, I really liked the ending with them ending up in this alternate paradise. It felt like some sort of redemption for the remaining characters and I’m glad it ended up as a somewhat happy ending.

However, as has mostly been the case with this book series, I had some issues with the book. Thomas was still annoying and Gary-Stuish, but since I’ve established that in previous reviews, I won’t go into that anymore. At the very least, the author stuck with it and did not make any sudden changes by the third book.

What did really bother me was the pace of the book. It was really inconsistent throughout the book, and spiraled out of control towards the ending. Everything happened so fast and quick in succession, that it left me wishing for a slower pace. It was just too much to handle at once.

Which brings me to my second point of criticism: there were way too many character deaths that were rushed (with exception of the death of a certain favorite boy, whose death thankfully was the best thing ever). While I’m okay with character deaths to a certain level, the amount of death in this book was just ridiculous and unnecessary. Furthermore, most deaths were so rushed that it felt hard for me to feel any emotion at all, apart from anger (what was up with Teresa’s?). To me, it felt like Dashner cast characters aside as if they were not important, but they were to me and I felt somewhat neglected as a reader.

Lastly, despite the fact that I felt like the ending was satisfactory, it left too many questions unanswered. Seeing that this was the last book in the installment featuring these characters, there will never answers and that disappointed me. There has been way too much detail to the mysteriousness of the entire plot to suddenly leave it be without an explanation.

So though I liked it and have peace with the ending, it disappointed me to some extent. It is still a very enjoyable book series, and very original too, but it has its flaws too.

The Death Cure

6.8

Characterization

6.0/10

Plot

7.5/10

Writing Style

7.8/10

Pace

5.2/10

Setting

7.5/10

Pros

  • Interesting plot
  • Action-filled
  • Decent ending

Cons

  • Many questions unanswered
  • Too many (rushed) character deaths
  • Inconsistency in pace