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The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book 3) Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; 1st edition (October 11, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 327 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385738773
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385738774
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL760L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.1 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #227,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What was that one little thing Thomas was constantly itching for when he was first sent up to the Glade? Anyone remember? Naturally, he'd want his memories back after WICKED stole them from him and he got himself shredded to bits from a griever just for a little snippet of them. Right? It was killing him as he trekked across the Scorch that he couldn't discern the flashes of his memories, so it should be a no-brainer that Thomas would jump the first ship that can grant him his memories, right? Well now, WICKED is handing him his memories back on a silver platter. Thomas, since he's such an incredibly ingenious individual will of course accept this offer, right? Right? Well, surprise surprise! He doesn't.
Let me just wrap my head around this. You, Thomas, have been yapping on and on and on about how you've been wanting your memories back, since the moment we met you, correct? Not only, are you given an opportunity to get your memories back, but also, to possibly save the human race, including (view spoiler). You don't think that there's even a remote chance that you alone could help WICKED find a cure and save thousands of lives? After everything that's happened, I understand that you don't trust WICKED, but honestly, what else do you think they're going to do to you? Do you not realize that if they really wanted you dead, you'd be that way already. I thought you were the one who stupidly ran into the Maze to save a guy you didn't even like. You may have been an idiot, but at least you were a selfless idiot.
James Dashner, that was a very cheap way for you to keep Thomas in the dark. *glares furiously at laptop screen*
What I find quite ironic, is that I never would have discovered that the entire trilogy revolved around a tremendous plot hole, if Dashner hadn't invented it himself. For those of you who don't know, James Dashner has another series called The Mortality Doctrine, which centralizes around the idea that human beings have become obsessed with the VirtNet - a virtual reality, similar to the Matrix. In the VirtNet, humans plug into the NerveBox (very creative names, indeed) which enables the user's brain to feel everything he/she experiences in the virtual reality...including pain. Sounds like a much simpler solution to an otherwise difficult problem, eh?
If WICKED has the technology to create a FlatTrans, don't you think they'd be able to construct a virtual reality that can manipulate the subject's brain to perceive essential emotions and feelings? We're talking about the same organization that has a chip in Thomas' brain, so he can speak telepathically to Teresa. Clearly, they have the advancement in technology to construct a virtual reality and create seemingly real, stressful situations. It would also be a much more controlled and effective experiment.
Variables. It's all about the variables. I still don't understand why finding a cure relies on variables. Why did the variables have to be so specific (i.e. Teresa making Thomas feel betrayed)? How does that affect the Munies' brains? Is whatever makes them immune encoded in their genetic makeup, or is it some kind antibody or combating pathogen that's only secreted in their brain? How does studying their behaviors to x and y variables help you find a cure?
Deus ex machina. I say this phrase quite often, even when it doesn't entirely make sense in the context. It simply means an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel. Very fitting for the ending of The Death Cure. (view spoiler)
There you have if, folks! This poorly written, potential-filled story ends as a train wreck. I feel like The Maze Runner could've been spectacular if it was written better, ended on a more realistic conclusion, and didn't have a sorry excuse for a protagonist. I'll still watch the movies of course, because so far, they're better than the books.
“As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.”
Having said that, the story was a thrilling ride and I like the character builds. I truly feel for Thomas and what he's going through. I just wish there was a bit more explanation to what's truly going on.
Thomas ends up with Brenda..... who also betrayed his trust... but Thomas forgive her so much easier and he didn’t grow up with her like he did with Teresa. Just doesn’t complete the series right to me. Rant over!
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I'm sorry but the plot is to complicated to explain. All I will say is that it's a great end to the maze runner trilogy!
I 100% recommend you read this no matter what your age but probably not for people under 12 as there is a lot of violence and death.
Lots of the main characters die and it's quite sad but it also has a lot of humour (not to do with the people who die!).
Overall, I really enjoy this book and I'm begging you to read it! But, I mean, you probably will if you've read the first two books (which you probably have if your reading this) because you'll want to know what happens!
Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful!!!!!!!!!!🙂
At the end of this book, my main thought was that the series was a bit pointless. The story wasn’t great (the “explanations” that were given were very tenuous), nothing was actually achieved by the end and none of the mystery actually led anywhere. We are led to believe in the scorch trials that Thomas has some greater purpose and meaning, because he’s saved from the infection by wicked, there’s a sign saying he’s the real leader, etc. but none of this leads anywhere - it’s just the same old explanation of “oh well Thomas helped build the maze” - so what??
Anyway, I wouldn’t recommend this series. You’re better off reading the Hunger Games or Divergent for this genre, although the latter also has some quite tenuous explanations, but nothing compared to this. I’d even go as far as to say I’d recommend the Twilight books over this series - at least they made a bit more sense!!!
I’m only giving as high as three stars because:
1. I liked some of the characters (Newt mainly)
2. The concept was good, just badly executed
So after reading the other two books i decided to finish the trilogy when i found out about the death cure.
I personally do not understand all the hate about the ending i thought it was AMAZING!
Although i found myself not getting hooked to it and reading it in like 2 days like the other two books Im very glad i came back to read it because as i stated before i thought ending was very well written and unlike others i felt it wasnt written just for the sake of it. i felt the book really stood out from the other two and is very welcome to join them. I would almost go to far as to say it was the BEST in the trilogy :)
I give it four stars only because dashner really did stretch out every little detail, although some people may find this a nice thing i continuously found myself skipping some sentences or full paragraphs just because it was boring reading about 'the tint of thomass eyes as the bright sun shone down upon them.' and every other little thing
All in all i think this book is certainly worthy of a read and i hope you enjoy it. i would reccomend this to teenagers as im a 14 year old boy and i loved it.
p.s. it had me in tears at some parts hahahaha