Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Death Cure - James Dashner

This guest review comes to us from Lara Hays Zierke, a former neighbor and friend of mine who just welcomed a beautiful baby girl into her home!  Seriously.  She's the cutest thing!  Congratulations Lara!

The Death Cure is the third book in the Maze Runner trilogy.  You can also read Lara's guest reviews of the first book, The Maze Runner, and the second book, The Scorch Trials.  Thanks Lara, for giving us your thoughts on this popular series!  
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Summary:  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?  (Summary from book - Image from www.goodreads.com)

My review:  The trials are over. WICKED claims to be closing in on a cure to the Flare—a fatal disease that causes extreme insanity (basically turns people into flesh eating zombies). The Gladers learn they were selected for the trials because they are actually immune to the Flare—besides a few control subjects—so their brain patterns hold the cure. Thomas and his best friend Minho are both immune. Their other best friend Newt is not. While memory restoration is offered, the three boys decide to opt out. They break from the WICKED headquarters and make their way to Denver (how come Denver is always featured in sci-fi/dystopian books?). Thomas and company align with a rebel group called the Right Arm intent on overthrowing WICKED. Thomas is still torn between his past with Teresa and his new friendship with Brenda (again, this love triangle is not developed significantly). The rebel group is more radical than Thomas is comfortable with and he begins to question the morality of both the Right Arm and WICKED. If a few lives could be destroyed to save the human race, wouldn’t it be worth it? Is the Right Arm any better? Could WICKED have been right all along?

The moral questions keep coming. Watching Newt accept with his future as a Crank is heartbreaking and brings a surprising element of sympathy to the frightening fate of the Cranks and the people who love them. While the reader gets closure for all those unanswered questions looming from books one and two, a logical ending is unpredictable until it is upon the reader. The ending depressed many of my friends. There is no deus ex machina that solves all the problems and offers a magical happy ending. The ending is realistic and gritty, and I, for one, was completely satisfied with it.

The writing is fine—nothing spellbinding or noteworthy. I wish the love triangle were developed more. I wish emotions about all these horrible experiences were explored more. Ultimately, I loved The Maze Runner series because it is thought provoking. It’s been over a week since I have flipped over the last page and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Thomas’s world.

My rating: 4.25 

For sensitive readers: PG-13 for violence, teen death, and language—though all the curse words are made up. Some of the deaths in this book were much more emotional.

To sum up: A satisfying ending to an often frustrating trilogy. I spent every spare moment taking in a chapter, wanting to see what would happen next. I pray a future as disturbing as the one in The Death Cure never materializes.

2 comments:

MindySue said...

If you're looking for your comment "Anonymous" I decided not to post it because it had a few big spoilers in it. Sorry!!

Anonymous said...

I found the ending to this book to be seriously disappointing. It felt too abrupt and magical and didn't really solve anything. It wasnt a suitable ending to a great series

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