Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

"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?"

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 325, Hardcover

Prior to starting The Death Cure, I had heard very mixed things about it. After completing the novel in the later hours of the night, I have to agree a little. For me, The Death Cure is the weakest novel out of the trilogy, when in my opinion, should have been the strongest. Even after I read the last sentence of the novel, I still had a hundred questions running through my mind, unanswered. The Death Cure still had that unique James Dashner voice throughout the novel, but the plot itself could have been better.

For one, I felt myself trudging through the first 3/4 of the book. I have no idea why, but it was SO hard to get through! Nothing was happening, nothing intense to make me flip the pages very fast. It was just very slow-paced and boring.

It was the last 1/4 of the book that really picked up and bumped this up half a star. The transition from slow to fast paced was very quick and some elements that James Dashner included just made me really happy [spoiler] for example, when they have to go back to the Maze. Aw, GOOD OL' TIMES. [end of spoiler] However, I think the way James Dashner ended things was really interesting. It wasn't my favorite, and I felt as if he didn't really know how to end it, so he just.. ENDED IT LIKE THAT. I was really surprised with who James chose to die and who survived…. I was a little let down.

The characters were another boost for me though: Thomas's growth in character--his decisions that he makes and the friends he choses in the end shows obvious maturity throughout his journey. And can we just talk about Minho for a second? That boy is a plain AWESOME shuck face. GO ASIANS. He made me laugh so many times.

In all, The Death Cure had it's ups and downs, and I wasn't satisfied with the conclusion, but I wasn't exactly disappointed, either. Nevertheless, the ongoing elements from the previous two novels that were transferred to book three kept the story alive and going.

Grade: B

Source: Library (Hardcover)


  1. Great review! I read the first two books of the series and still haven't read this one!!! I need to though.. DIdn't a new one just come out or is coming out?

    1. The Kill Order is out on the 14th of August! My review will be up around those days. :) Thanks for stopping by Lucy. :)

  2. Any fan of the Maze Runner needs to read this book, just for some closure. It'll leave you wanting more, but it's necessary. It's like the dessert course at the end of a five course meal--you're not hungry, your stomach hurts, and it doesn't even taste good, BUT you just keep eating because you're not a quitter and you've made it this far.