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A Disappointing Conclusion To A Mediocre Trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
If there had been more snarky Minho comments I may have enjoyed this book more, but alas, he was barely even mentioned throughout this disappointing conclusion to what started out as a promising trilogy. The Maze Runner had its flaws, yes, but I was engrossed in the story. I wanted to know what would happen to Newt and Minho and Chuck. I wanted to know how they'd escape the Maze. And most importantly, all I wanted to know was why!? As the series progressed, there was presumably a thousand whys I wanted to know, and I thought The Death Cure would answer at least half of them...I thought wrong. Very, very, very wrong.
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.”