The Death Cure – James Dashner

the death cureReading level: 5
Series: The Maze Runner Book 3
Genre: Dystopian
ELL-Friendly: Yes (mostly)
Library recommendation: Middle school

Goodreads 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.

Well this series was basically a bust for me. The Maze Runner was pretty good, but it all went downhill from there. I’m not even sure why I’m making a blog post because I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been mentioned in any of the other posts regarding the series.

I will, however, complain a little bit. I said in my post about The Scorch Trials that the only reason I read the final book in the trilogy was because I wanted answers. Those answers didn’t come. For example, I still know very little about WICKED, Thomas’ past, and how the rest of the humans were coping with the state of the world. Bah.

At the end, the chancellor of WICKED says “WICKED is good.” And obviously it ISN’T if it’s basically torturing people WHEN THERE WAS A FAIL-SAFE ALTERNATIVE THE WHOLE TIME.

I kept waiting for Brenda to have a purpose. Aaaand she didn’t.

But, the one part that did get me right in the feels was the death of Newt. I had come to rather like this character (which is difficult seeing as most characters were so flat), but I admit that a great deal of my interest in this character came from his accent, which the narrator of the audiobook really performed well.

I’m glad it’s over. Thoughts?

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