Review of The Death Cure by James Dashner

Review of The Death Cure by James DashnerThe Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) by James Dashner
Published by Delacorte Press on January 8th 2013

Read the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first and second books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner’s newest series, the Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of LivesIt’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.  
Praise for James Dashner and the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick   “[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.” —EW.com
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced . . . but smart and well observed.” —Newsday   “[A] nail-biting must-read.” —Seventeen.com   “Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly   “Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times
Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News
From the Hardcover edition.

ISBN: 0385738781
Pages: 325
four-half-stars

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Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, General, Nature & the Natural World, Environment, Science Fiction
Also by this author: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One), The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2), The Maze Runner Files (Maze Runner)

My Thoughts:

Just when you thought things could not possibly get worse, they do. Thomas and the gang find themselves in even more unexpected predicaments and some of the twists and turns in this final volume of the series will leave you gasping for breath and hanging on the edge of your seat wondering how in the world the author came up with these things. I spent several moments wondering what kind of sick and twisted mind could come up with these ideas and concepts.

Once again, Mr. Dashner’s writing style and character development are top notch, leaving you wondering what could possibly go wrong next. There were many, many head shaker moments in this novel. My main regret at the end was that I had no way of finding out what was going to come next. There is the prequel, which I am already immersed in, but it just will not be the same not knowing what will come next.

I find myself invested in the characters and as if I had endured the Maze with them, along with the many other trials and tribulations they had to face. The scariest part of this book is that I can completely and totally imagine the world ending up like that and all of the nightmares it would bring. I can picture people being under the influence of the Flare and what all that would entail. It was scary and enlightening all at the same time.

So, will civilization survive? Will this be the end as we know it or will they be able to move on? You will have to read on to find out.

Have you read the series? Share your thoughts with me and the other readers here.

 

four-half-stars

About James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series that includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. He has also written The Eye of Minds (book one in the Mortality Doctrine series), the 13th Reality series, and two books in The Infinity Ring series: A Mutiny in Time and The Iron Empire.

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