4.12.2015 | Sunday

The Death Cure

category: Book Reviews

The Death Curetitle: The Death Cure
author: James Dashner
series: The Maze Runner #3
published: 11 October 2011
publisher: Delacorte Press
genre(s): dystopian, postapocalypse, sci fi
pages: 354
source: bought
format: eBook
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rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

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.

my review

The Death Cure… the end to a series that I really enjoyed.  And I did enjoy this book, although I am still not sure how I feel about the conclusion!!

I have mixed feelings, but I have to wonder if perhaps that is exactly how the author meant us to feel.  These books are surrounded with mystery, the kind of mystery that makes you question the powers that be and their authority and control over your life.  That’s the bigger message.  So the series was written in such a way to constantly foster that mystery and I think that too many neat answers might have eliminated that feeling and lessened them overall messages and themes.

Part of the mystery is rooted in the fact that no one, including the reader, ever seems to know exactly who they can and can’t trust.  There are moments that it is even hard to tell what is real and what isn’t.  These things keep the story interesting, and keep the reader from being able to guess what is going to happen next.

The presence of WICKED throughout the series is the source of all mystery.  The methods that they use and the things that they do in the name of the greater good are often incomprehensible and horrendous.  Their involvement was so mysterious and so convoluted that it just amped up the misdirection and made the answers impossible to guess, which I loved.

The ending was satisfying, but I think I expected something different, something more epically conclusive.  By the end, the characters, and the reader, are exhausted and full of conflicting emotions.  Their stories have been confusing and twisted and the ending leaves them with a sense of hope.  And that is something that they have not had for a very long time.

I am sad to see this series end, although I am happy that The Kill Order begins a prequel trilogy.  I loved the premise of this story and found it engrossing and unique.

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.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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