“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. 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. 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.” ~blurb of “the death cure”
This is the third book in the Maze Runner trilogy. It was good—even heartbreaking at certain points—but for the final book in the series, it just felt a little ambiguous? It was a great read, don’t get me wrong, just as fast paced and thrilling as the first two, but I expected a few more questions to be answered—the first two were action—packed and spent very little time explaining details, and as Thomas has no memory when he arrives in the Glade, right at the beginning, this meant I was hoping for things to get a little less murky. Things continued moving fast, which is good for not dragging the book out, but not so great if you’ve left a lot of things unanswered. On the other hand, I would’ve read it no matter what, especially since the first two books were so fantastic, so if you’ve already read Maze Runner and Scorch Trials just go ahead and read the last one, too—but don’t expect too much. It’s enjoyable, but not as wonderful as it could’ve been.
*spoilers from here on* Both my favourite and my most hated part would have to be Newt’s death. I hated it, of course I hated it, it was the death of a beloved character and it broke my heart, but it was written heart-wrenchingly and it was by far the best-written part of the book. By the end of the series, I really disliked Thomas. I’m not sure why, but the general impression you get from his character is a little bit much. The dream flashbacks felt unnecessary…they served no point but to reinforce that Thomas’ parents loved him, but unless they were going to reveal that Chancellor Paige was Thomas’ mother, or something, there really wasn’t any point to these flashbacks. Also—the whole idea of the “blueprint” seemed a little far-fetched with the desperation WICKED acted with by the end. The Glade was plausible, totally believable, actually, and the Scorch was fine, too, but everything that happened after seemed too weird to be real, even in Thomas’ world. (And maybe this is just me, but I really wanted Thomas to get his memories back, because again, the sheer ambiguity of the book annoyed me a little bit. I suppose that’s the point, to make us feel as blank as the characters, but when it did it just seemed irritating that he refused to get them back.) *end spoilers*
The amount I’ve criticized this book probably makes it feel like you shouldn’t even bother reading it. Not the case—I’m just being picky. If you haven’t started the series yet, you should, simply for the fantastic first two books. If you’ve already read the first two—again, you should read this one. It’s not the conclusion I would’ve gone for, but it’s a pretty decent conclusion nonetheless.
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