The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.
But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted …
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
The Death Cure is the last book in The Maze Runner series. Thomas and the others have finished The Trials and have been given the opportunity to get their memory back and help WICKED finish finding the cure for The Flare. However Thomas, Minho and Newt don’t trust WICKED and refuse to undergo the treatment to regain their memories, instead planning a way to escape.
Again, the transition from the second to the third book was seamless and didn’t miss a beat.
Thomas seems to have reverted to some of his immaturity in this book and I found it harder to connect with him. I found it hard to connect with any of the characters to be honest and although I was sad at some of the deaths, they didn’t impact me greatly.
The book is action packed however again, like the first book, medium paced.
One thing I applaud the author for was that the whole time I had no clue whether what they were going through was for real or was another Trial. Even right up until the very end. You feel just like the subjects do, that you can’t trust WICKED nor anyone or anything because it could all be an illusion. I won’t give it away which it was.
I was glad the romance wasn’t a huge factor in this last book. Having read the whole series now I don’t have to reserve my judgement anymore! Ha. I can say for sure now that I felt that both the romance and love triangle that was happening was unnecessary and didn’t flow with the rest of the book. It was like it was added so the books would appeal to young female teenagers. I think the series would have been just as good, if not better without it.
The whole concept of the book was thought provoking, horrifying and really captured the saying “Sacrifice the few for the good of the many”.
In the front cover, and also in the forward by the publisher, there is comparison to The Hunger Games however although the series was good, it was not great like The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games delved deep into emotion. The Maze Runner series was deep due to it’s concept however the emotions weren’t explored and so remained quite shallow in a sense.
Overall it was well worth reading and I would definitely recommend the series if you like Young Adult Dystopian. However again, you need to have read the first book in the series, The Maze Runner.