The Death Cure: a Book Review
What is Maze Runner?
James Dashner's The Death Cure is the last entry in the original Maze Runner series and concludes Thomas's journey and fight against the organization WICKED. If you aren't familiar with the series, it is about a world destroyed by solar flares. The remaining people either succumb to the Flare (turning them into mindless, savage creatures called “Cranks”) or they are captured and forced to participate in experiments designed by WICKED. The first two books in the series focus on Thomas's time inside of the Maze and outside in the scorched world, while this latest entry explores the reasoning behind WICKED's actions and the future.
What is the The Death Cure?
Being the last book in the trilogy, Death Cure attempts to solve all of the mysteries posed in prior novels. What are WICKED's true intentions? Is there a world beyond the Scorch? Most importantly, is there hope for an actual cure? Dashner succeeds in answering most questions, but unfortunately leaves some that may linger in the reader's mind after the final page is read.
How's the book?
The beginning chapters are exciting because rebellion is in the air! Also, a certain opportunity for a certain character is too good to pass up. The series thrives on mystery, but this book is different. WICKED is transparent with their intentions and Thomas is fully in-the-know. The rebellious plot also keeps the novel moving at a fast pace. There's few, if any, moments where Thomas and his crew of insurgents aren't planning a heist or being chased down by Cranks.
At the end of the day, The Death Cure delivers what it promises. It provides answers and a fitting conclusion to Thomas's story. However, the ending is not ideal. Fortunately, Dashner's writing style hasn't changed and every chapter is still a cliffhanger. And returning characters and locations from prior entries will certainty make any Maze Runner fanatic happy. Depending on how much you like young adult novels and the Maze Runner series in general, this book is a pass or a definite read.
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