Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
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Sometimes it helps to plan a book before you write
The long awaited Death Cure seemed to have been pulled out of James Dashner's left butt cheek four minutes before publication. I loved Maze Runner, wasn't too thrilled with Scorch Trials. Death Cure made me want to catch the flare. The storyline was all over the place, not once making a darn bit of sense. It felt like Dashner wasn't really ready to write the last bit of the trilogy. He certainly couldn't have planned it this way. If he did, then maybe he needs to check his Kool Aid packets. At the risk of a few spoilers....
First, they say that Thomas has the flare. Then they tell him he's immune. Then they say they'll give him his memory back. And after all this time of wanting his memory back, he suddenly changes his mind. Huh? Wasn't that the whole point of the first two books? What's worse is that his friends got their memories back and never reveal their findings. All the kids are with Wicked. Then they decide to have a lovely trip to Denver. Nothing happens in Denver, so they go back to Wicked. I mean, it was like Dashner was making it up as he went along. The characters didn't even know what to do. That is one of my pet peeves, when a character stands there saying "I didn't know what to do....I knew I should do something but didn't know what." Characters should ALWAYS know what to do. They have an author to tell them. If the character doesn't know what to do, then the author failed. I mean, figure it out BEFORE you write the book. Anyway, I felt like Dashner just gave up, like he got bored with his own story and just wrote whatever to get it over with. He even ended it with a happily ever after scene, which added perfect ambiguity to an already senseless storyline. It was a major disappointment. I almost hope for a fourth book just so the author can make ammends to his loyal fans.
On a positive note, however, Mark Deakins did a fabulous job as narrator.
Ugh ... Totally Disappointing Conclusion to Series
** THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE BOOK ***
SPOILER ALERT: This review assumes you have read the first two books in this trilogy. If you haven’t, then I wouldn’t read this review.
With the Maze Trials and the Scorch Trials finished, WICKED (personified by The Rat Man) is ready to give Groups A and B their memories back and finish the blueprint for a cure for the Flare. Yet Thomas and his friends (most notably Newt and Minho) are so distrustful of WICKED that they opt to attempt an escape instead. With Teresa and the others ready to get their memories back and trust WICKED, Thomas, Newt and Minho find themselves on their own, accompanied by Brenda and Jorge. As they flee WICKED and head to Denver, more details about this new Flare-infested world begin to reveal themselves, and Thomas has some difficult decisions to make.
THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN AFTER I READ THE BOOK BUT BEFORE I FOUND OUT SOME CRITICAL INFORMATION:
Shame on you, James Dashner! I was disappointed with how you chose to conclude the series. I kept waiting and waiting for Thomas to get his memory back and tell us everything about his involvement with WICKED and then you copped out! Color me disappointed. Perhaps you weren’t too sure yourself and decided to just skip over the nitty-gritty details, but, as a reader, I wanted to know the full back story, and it annoyed me when I didn’t get it.
About two-thirds of the way through, when I realized that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted in this book, I’ll admit that I kind of checked out. The format of one close call after another started to annoy me. Ending almost every single chapter with a cliffhanger began to grate on my nerves, and I realized that I didn’t care all that much about Thomas or his friends anymore. And when you started dispatching characters left and right, I let them go with nary a tear. In the end, this was a trilogy that started strong and got steadily weaker. Blech.
THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN AFTER I FOUND OUT SOME CRITICAL INFORMATION:
OK, James Dashner. Now I’m really pissed. At first when I finished your trilogy, I thought you just couldn’t come up with the back story about Thomas’s relationship with WICKED. You kept teasing us and teasing us but never delivered the goods. Then, Alyce at At Home With Books filled me in on WHY we didn’t get the payoff promised throughout the trilogy: You’re writing a prequel (The Kill Order) and doing a money grab and stretching out the “trilogy” with another book! Shame shame shame!! I really feel that you copped out and saw that, once The Maze Runner was a big hit, that you could stretch this all out and get another book out of it. That is why Thomas never chooses to get his memories back, isn’t it? Well, I think that sucks. And I won’t be buying The Kill Order. I’m done with this series. You owed us the full story and you held it back and gave us a mediocre, unsatisfying third book and I say “Boo on that.” Harumph.
P.S. I don’t know if you can see it, but the book cover for The Death Cure says “The Final Book of the Maze Runner Trilogy.” To which I say, “bulls**t!”
About the Narration: Mark Deakins was the narrator and did an OK job. He did a good job giving various characters different voices (Newt with an Irish accent??) I didn’t have any real problems with the narration … just the book itself.