The Death Cure by James Dashner (#3 Maze Runner)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Published: 2011



The Death Cure by James Dashner is the 3rd in the Maze Runner Trilogy.

Trilogy yes, but apparently there are more books to this series.  I am glad.  Although I am not the target audience, and am a little out of my comfort zone, I have enjoyed getting to know the characters, and the story as a whole.  Dystopian/science fiction/young adult.  Not really me, but apparently the first two could be.  I may be a “little” beyond the third.

In The Death Cure, Thomas and the survivors of the Maze and the Scorch Trials are being held in isolation at WICKED Headquarters, where they are told by “the Rat Man” (Assistant Director Janson), that they can now have their memories back.  They also find out that not all of them are immune to the Flare.  Trust is hard, and Thomas no longer trusts anything WICKED says.  He, Newt and Minho decide against having their memories unlocked, and eventually escape with Brenda and Jorge.  They end up in Denver, supposedly a walled city which is keeping out the infected.  There they find an old friend, and a new group called the Right Arm, which is also against WICKED.  Meanwhile, it becomes evident that WICKED needs Thomas, and he decides to give himself up for the opportunity to finish them once and for all.  But Thomas doesn’t really know what they have planned, and he may be giving up more than he knows.

This is a rather “dark” book, and not all of the characters that we’ve grown to love will survive.  The ones that do will have changed, as the situations thrust upon them have forced them to act in a manner they didn’t know they were capable of.  Dashner developed his characters very well, so that you cared about what happened to them.  He also created a good dynamic between members of the group, and occasionally threw in twists to keep you guessing.

Overall, a good series, although I would have liked an epilogue to this story.


Favorite Quotes from The Death Cure:

“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me.”

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible.”


Re-Read: December 2016


About the Author:  In addition to the Maze Runner Series, James Dashner has written the Mortality Series, and a new 13th Reality Series.   Born in Georgia, he now lives in the Rocky Mountains.  He has a Masters in Accounting.    


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