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Por trás de uma possibilidade de cura para o Fulgor, Thomas irá descobrir um plano maior, elaborado pelo CRUEL, que poderá trazer consequências desastrosas para a humanidade. Ele decide, então, entregar-se ao Experimento final. A organização garante que não há mais nada para esconder. Mas será possível acreditar no CRUEL? Talvez a verdade seja ainda mais terrível... uma Por trás de uma possibilidade de cura para o Fulgor, Thomas irá descobrir um plano maior, elaborado pelo CRUEL, que poderá trazer consequências desastrosas para a humanidade. Ele decide, então, entregar-se ao Experimento final. A organização garante que não há mais nada para esconder. Mas será possível acreditar no CRUEL? Talvez a verdade seja ainda mais terrível... uma solução mortal, sem retorno.


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Por trás de uma possibilidade de cura para o Fulgor, Thomas irá descobrir um plano maior, elaborado pelo CRUEL, que poderá trazer consequências desastrosas para a humanidade. Ele decide, então, entregar-se ao Experimento final. A organização garante que não há mais nada para esconder. Mas será possível acreditar no CRUEL? Talvez a verdade seja ainda mais terrível... uma Por trás de uma possibilidade de cura para o Fulgor, Thomas irá descobrir um plano maior, elaborado pelo CRUEL, que poderá trazer consequências desastrosas para a humanidade. Ele decide, então, entregar-se ao Experimento final. A organização garante que não há mais nada para esconder. Mas será possível acreditar no CRUEL? Talvez a verdade seja ainda mais terrível... uma solução mortal, sem retorno.

30 review for A Cura Mortal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Saniya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was- *wait a moment* Let me bang my head until the author proves that there is one more book to be published for us readers, or if this book was just a really, really good joke. Omigosh. Do not tell me that this is the last book of this trilogy. Do not tell me that the author just didn't answer all the questions we were waiting for. And please do not freaking tell me that this is what we readers are getting after being such a fan of both The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials books. After This book was- *wait a moment* Let me bang my head until the author proves that there is one more book to be published for us readers, or if this book was just a really, really good joke. Omigosh. Do not tell me that this is the last book of this trilogy. Do not tell me that the author just didn't answer all the questions we were waiting for. And please do not freaking tell me that this is what we readers are getting after being such a fan of both The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials books. After happily reading The Scorch Trails and then excitedly waiting for this book for about 6 months, I yet again screamed with happiness (as I also did with another book Bloodlines) when I got to read it. The story started with a good potential, it was interesting, I was feeling it. I was reading it non-stop and then suddenly in the middle of no where I am like, "WTH is going on?" FAIL 1: CHARACTERS, CHARACTERS, CHARACTERS! I do believe Thomas here just had this emotion for everything. "He was my close friend" From deaths to betrayals to everything, he just considered every living human being as a friend. Come on! He could act like he loved people or atleast cared about someone just more than friends. And don't even get me started on Teresa. To be totally honest, Teresa is just like a random stranger on the road I see everyday. I am either proud or totally miserable to say that I don't know her at all. She came and she went and I was just like, "Pfft. Whatever." And then Brenda. Weren't you just a side ass character introduced in the second book? Then honey, why? WHY are you the main heroine here? The only character I liked? Minho, Jorge and Newt. Minho for being the best of the best, Jorge for always being there and Newt for never giving up. The story till Newt was awesome. FAIL 2: Y U GIVE SO MANY DEATHS? Now readers who didn't read this book might find this fail spoiler-ish. First of all. Death of Newt. I think it was the most sensible one. I felt for that guy and I am so happy to say that James Dashner did a really good job in his ending. In simple words, I loved it. But, then comes Teresa. What.the.hell? She was the main heroine! How in the world can you kill the main heroine and replace her with a side kick? I do NOT approve this. And then 300 people killed out of 500? Ouch. That was a bit unfair. Atleast the author could have saved 300-50 something people. I miss Chuck. =[ FAIL 3: WHERE ARE MY FREAKING ANSWERS? How could this book even end without satisfying the readers? (1)I wanted Thomas to his memory back so we could learn exactly what he and Teresa did before the Trials and why were they specifically chosen. Hell, I even wanted Minho's and Newt's memories back and Brenda's past. (2) How in the world did they end up in a green paradise with a hundred or so immunes so they can start over? Umm, hello? What about the rest of the freaking world? (3) Who is this Paige Chancellor? Why didn't she go to paradise with them? I love James Dashner's writing, I liked the book, don't get me wrong but I am really amazed at people who gave this book 5/5 stars. I am very sad to say this but yes, overall, this book didn't satisfy me and I am disappointed. Especially after being the last book of such an amazing series. But then, I will still miss the characters and this story will stay with me forever and always. 3/5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy F

    Well, that was a major disappointment. Was it just me or did it feel like the author had absolutely no idea where to go with this story? I still feel like 90% of the book was left unexplained. And for me it was completely a cop out (view spoiler)[to have Thomas refuse getting his memories back. If Thomas, our MC, doesn't remember then the author doesn’t have to bother thinking up an explanation (hide spoiler)] . I'm not even going to bother listing all the questions I still have, because they're Well, that was a major disappointment. Was it just me or did it feel like the author had absolutely no idea where to go with this story? I still feel like 90% of the book was left unexplained. And for me it was completely a cop out (view spoiler)[to have Thomas refuse getting his memories back. If Thomas, our MC, doesn't remember then the author doesn’t have to bother thinking up an explanation (hide spoiler)] . I'm not even going to bother listing all the questions I still have, because they're numerous. And I still say that there was absolutely no point to Teresa! Perhaps in book two she had more action, but nothing happened that couldn't have happened with another character. This was just one more thing that I thought was just tossed in there. Teresa/Brenda... they were interchangeable. Almost as if Dashner just felt like he needed more bodies in his story. I mean, these characters were SO interchangeable that for a while there (view spoiler)[I was convinced that Brenda WAS Teresa and it was all just another elaborate WICKED hoax on Thomas! The Teresa that he thought was Teresa was really a fake, and Brenda was really Teresa inside... Because otherwise why were they so easy to flop back and forth (hide spoiler)] ?! Personally, I think that MY idea was better than the one in the book. At least it would have offered some type of explanation. Something for me to bite onto. Another idea I came up with was that (view spoiler)[Chancellor Paige was really Thomas's mother... because why else were we getting glimpses of him and his mom. To show she loved him? Yeah, well that was already assumed (hide spoiler)] . Dream sequences should have a point! BOOKS should have a point! Um, what did I like about the book....? Minho, he was always a bright spot. Thomas was alright, I guess. Newt... I liked Newt. (view spoiler)[I thought his death was sad but good. Needed. (hide spoiler)] I like Jorge... Yeah, that's pretty much it, folks. In fact, for the last 25% all I could do was keep reading because then it would END. Can you tell I'm upset? Yeah, I really am. Maze Runner was good. But sadly this series got progressively worse... someone, anyone, is anything at all answered in Kill Order? Because if not, there's no way I'll bother reading it. I apologize, because this was more rant than review. I'll try to make it up to you. I Swear!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Wait are you telling me that the government completely anticipated every last move and this was exactly what was meant to happen? Again? Between the all-knowing governments and coincidental memory loss, this book really lost my interest. Everything is so freaking convenient . The Maze Runner was intriguing. The Scorch Trials went a little left-field. This one is so far out of the ballpark that we are in the next county or possibly country. The Main Pain : Character Stupidity Example: Thomas and Wait are you telling me that the government completely anticipated every last move and this was exactly what was meant to happen? Again? Between the all-knowing governments and coincidental memory loss, this book really lost my interest. Everything is so freaking convenient . The Maze Runner was intriguing. The Scorch Trials went a little left-field. This one is so far out of the ballpark that we are in the next county or possibly country. The Main Pain : Character Stupidity Example: Thomas and the rag-tag group fly from one part of the country to another to seek the TRUTH. The absolute worst part - they park their flying ship right outside of city gates AND use "fake" paperwork (with their real names) to get into the city. Then, they are completely flabbergasted when they are immediately tracked down by WICKED. They spend so much time wondering aloud how this could have happened. Could you imagine a more blazing trail? This behavior is not a one-off. The entire book is centered around acts and decisions like this. The OTHER Main Pain: "Love Triangle" Now, if you think the romance with Theresa was shoe-horned in - you are going to absolutely hate the Brenda one. There's so much competition for Thomas and I have yet to see a competent argument for why either of them of them are interested. Thomas spends the whole book mooning over one and then the other - it didn't build tension, I just became apathetic. PICK ONE ALREADY. The OTHER, OTHER Main Pain: Missing Memory Eventually, Thomas gets the chance to finally figure everything out. FINALLY - the audience is going to get some answers for such an incredibly convoluted and precariously written novel. (view spoiler)[He decided he'd rather not know. AKA I waded through 3 novels only for the main character to go, "ehhh, I'd rather keep everything shrouded in mystery. It felt like the author wrote himself into a corner and used Thomas's lame excuse to *not* have to fully answer the many (many) questions that arose throughout the book. (hide spoiler)] Irrepressible frustration YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Rose

    GAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I just read the synopsis on B&N's website and it sounds totally EPIC! Cannot wait! *** 5th most popular book this month... Alright Dashner!!! *** DANG I actually did not fancy this book at all. (view spoiler)[Ugh!!!! I hate to say it but I was extremely dissapointed by the finale of The Maze Runner series, The Death Cure. It was written well like the other books but I have to say that the plot and the end were terrible. I can't even describe how dissapointed I am because I GAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I just read the synopsis on B&N's website and it sounds totally EPIC! Cannot wait! *** 5th most popular book this month... Alright Dashner!!! *** DANG I actually did not fancy this book at all. (view spoiler)[Ugh!!!! I hate to say it but I was extremely dissapointed by the finale of The Maze Runner series, The Death Cure. It was written well like the other books but I have to say that the plot and the end were terrible. I can't even describe how dissapointed I am because I love the first two books and I had faith that James Dashner would be able to make this last one just as awesome or better, like all finales should be. Well, he has failed at doing that, in my opinion. First of all, I absolutely HATED how Teresa, whom I love so dearly and wanted Thomas to love just the same, was practically NEVER in this book. She was probably only present for a total of like 15 pages scattered throughout the book. She served almost no purpose in the book other than to cause Thomas to feel a little betrayed and to save his life in the end which any of his other friends could have done, so nothing really special on her part. She was a very promising character and she could have brought so much to this book, but it seems like Dashner just decided to throw her out because he couldn't see those possabilities. I mean, come on, you can't just throw a main character out like that! Like they were never important! This brings me to Teresa's replacement character--Brenda. Oh, dear lord, kill me already, BRENDA. UGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH. She was so annoying to me. She brought hardly anything to the story except a little sexual appeal for Thomas, especially in the book prior to this one. Her and Thomas had absolutely NO SUBSTANCE to their relationship but kissing and hugging and flirtitious comments. There was no passion. But wait--didn't Thomas have a passionate relationship with someone in this series before...? ...Who was it with... OH!--TERESA!!!! But NOOOOOOOOO, she had to be thrown out of the picture for who knows what reason. She and Thomas could have had such a strong, passionate realationship that would grip the reader's hearts just as strongly. Honestly, why in the world would Dashner think that his readers would want Thomas to be in a shallow relationship over a strong, passionate, dramatic one? And then Dashner decides to put the cherry on top and KILL POOR TERESA!!! And he only spent half a page on it and then it was over with and Thomas hardly suffered a bit. It was in no way dramatic enough and in no way served Teresa right. I mean, a tragic hero is one thing, but just because you save someone's life doesn't mean you're the most amazing hero in the literary world. It happens all the time. But Dashner didn't make Teresa into the amazing heroine she could have been. He didn't give her a chance. In addition to the awful ways Dashner used his characters--or lack of usage thereof--I also didn't really care for the events that happened in this book. It seemed like many of them didn't push the story toward the resollution. I can't really explain that, but I just felt bored a lot. The story could have been more character-driven. The only part I rally liked in this book was Newt and his whole deal and how he ended up getting killed. It was the most emotional part of the book and it was probably the single part I wouldn't have changed. Other little things I didn't like: *How Thomas never got his memory back so we could learn exactly what he and Teresa did before the Trials. *How WICKED was neither a good guy or a bad guy. It was just a nothing that was trying to be a good guy with the best intentions but went about them in the wrong way. That is so cliched. *How we didn't get to learn more about that Paige Chancellor. I got this giddy hope near the end that she'd turn out to be Thomas's mom or something. I like surprises like that, and this book lacked them big time. While reading this I actually though of so many twists that could have happened and could have been awesome. But no, Dashner had to be un-exciting and predictable. *It seemed like there were some mini themes in this book that amounted to nothing. Like how it seemed like Thomas never wanted to become a killer, even of Cranks, but he did anyway and nothing was said about that matter after that. *What was with Newt's note? I mean, why couldn't he have just told Thomas what he wanted so there wouldn't be a problem with him knowing when to read it? I thought the note could have been more life changing and revealing about the plot or something and throughout the whole book I was thinking that woud happen but then I was so dissapointed that it didn't really affect the story at all except for Newt dying. There was pretty much no reason for the note. All in all, James Dashner not only killed off the great characters, but he killed the plot too. This story could have been amazing but all those open ends and great oportunities to really let this book shine were thrown out, left hanging. It was well written, but it was a terriblee ending to a good story. What a shame. (hide spoiler)] Yeah so I'm sooooo steaming mad that this book didn't pack the punch that it should have and easily could have had. I feel like the whole Maze Runner story was awesome but could have been told much, much better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    1.5 stars It's a very old axiom, but do you believe the end can justify the means? When there's no choice left? NO. No, I do not. Especially when the end, which in this case is the supposed resolution of 900+ pages' worth of suspense and mystery, ultimately ends up being bullshit. There is no explanation for anything and what little there is turns out to be the biggest fuckfest I have ever had the misfortune to read. The Maze Runner trilogy started off with so much potential. Yes, there were 1.5 stars It's a very old axiom, but do you believe the end can justify the means? When there's no choice left? NO. No, I do not. Especially when the end, which in this case is the supposed resolution of 900+ pages' worth of suspense and mystery, ultimately ends up being bullshit. There is no explanation for anything and what little there is turns out to be the biggest fuckfest I have ever had the misfortune to read. The Maze Runner trilogy started off with so much potential. Yes, there were parts in The Maze Runner that grated on me like a wayward blender, but I lapped it up and dove into the next installment, eager as a three-month-old puppy. The Scorch Trials disappointed me greatly, still I was like, "It's okay, it's cool! The third and final book will make up for it. Right, guys? Right? RIGHT?" A little background information before this review spirals out the football field of sanity: Thomas and the others have gotten out of the Scorch and back in Wicked's headquarters. They are then offered a chance to get their memories back in order to fully complete this experiment and extract a cure for the Flare. Now from what I remember of Thomas from the first book, he was Alice in a dystopian Wonderland. Curious and always asking questions: "Where are we?", "Why are they doing this?", "Just answer my questions, dammit!" Armed with this knowledge, you'd think that Thomas would be real eager to get his real memories back and figure out why his past self justified and conducted these trials in the first place, his relationship with Teresa, and who his mother is. In what I can only fathom as a bullshit way to drag out intrigue and save time in creating a backstory, the author makes Thomas not want his memories back because Wicked is evil, wah, wah, wah, and we can't trust anything they say! In fact, we'll escape! yeah, that's what we'll do! Never mind that getting back your memories is the sole thing you've been hankering for since you woke up from the Box months ago. Never mind that by doing this, you could potentially help Wicked discover the cure and save millions of lives. Never mind that (view spoiler)[ your friend, Newt, has the Flare and if you could pull your head out of your selfish asshole for one second, you could save him. (hide spoiler)] Oh no, let's go on a road trip to save me and get all that nasty, manipulative Wicked tech out of my brain, which incidentally, has never fully been explained. Let's make it all about me, me, me. Minho? Who the fuck's that? The ending is the most selfish, stupid decision I have encountered. Allegiant was better than what happened if you can believe it. (view spoiler)[ He hoped that whatever they were, they'd be isolated and safe while the rest of the world figured out how to deal with the Flare, cure and no cure. He knew the process would be long and hard and ugly, and he was one hundred per cent that he wanted no part of it. So as long as his Majesty Thomas is alright, the whole world can go fuck itself, am I right? I wouldn't be so furious with Thomas's decision if it wasn't so at odds with his personality. This is the same guy who risked his life by going out into the Maze at night to save two people he barely knew. Sure, he went through some shit because of Wicked, but this is thousands, millions of innocent lives we're talking about. Harry Potter wouldn't have stood by idly if he knew sacrificing himself would help. Actually, that's exactly what he did in the Deathly Hallows. Percy Jackson wouldn't have allowed this to happen either. He'd grumble and grouse and add a smart-alecky remark, but he'd do something about it. He would waste valuable time reserved for mounting a barricade against gods in order to move unconscious passersby out the street and harm's way. That's what heroes do. And Thomas is most assuredly not one of them. I am ashamed to have compared him to those two in my review of The Maze Runner. And how the fuck is preserving two hundred Immunes supposed to rebuild humankind? Say that by some miracle no one stumbles across them in this popped-outta-nowhere greenland. But Paige basically set humanity back by hundreds of years. I recently watched a documentary that says thanks to specialization, humans are extremely codependent. It takes a team of at least a hundred people to create a computer mouse. You need someone to pipe the oil up, to turn the oil into workable plastic, to slice it into pieces, to create metal springs or whatever it is that makes the button click... Not one person on earth can make a computer completely from scratch. And as smart as Thomas and the others are, I doubt they know how to make one either. So all that knowledge is essentially lost. Way to think ahead. (hide spoiler)] And like I said, there is no proper explanation for the stuff that has been plaguing readers since day one. All that build-up with flashbacks of Thomas' mom and tantalizing hints of Thomas and Teresa's relationship and we end up with diddly-squat. Nothing is resolved, not even the love triangle. (view spoiler)[Teresa's dying is cheap. Thomas doesn't have to decide and stays the aw-shucks good guy. (hide spoiler)] To this day, I still don't understand know how shoving Variable after Variable before Thomas and Co. is supposed to find the cure. Wicked mentioned it's to study their brain patterns, as per to how they react in different situations. However, as I understand it, immunity is coded in DNA and our genetic makeup. Studying behavioral reactions is in the field of psychology or neuroscience, and has nothing to do with why you have blond hair. Wicked should have been extracting bone marrow or blood instead conducting the Hunger Games 2.0. The way I see it, the author only did the Lord of the Flies thing to generate action and excitement. Entertainment factor over proper research/common sense; not your best decision. Newt was the only thing tolerable about this book. He had a proper character arc, unlike poor Minho, who was shoved to the side and had nary an important scene. If only he'd had some impact on the ending. It sounds callous, but you took him out of the picture, the plot would still run exactly the same. (view spoiler)[Why give Thomas' close, personal friend the Flare, if not to make Thomas see what it does to people and he has to help find the cure? (hide spoiler)] He was only there to generate a few tears (none were shed) and make Thomas into the hero again (and not a single fuck was given about our resident special snowflake). On a slightly irrelevant and happier note, this is the first series in which I have written a review for every single installment. I haven't felt this proud since I got my first troll. I'm a professional reviewer, Ma! My review of The Kill Order My review of The Maze Runner My review of The Scorch Trials

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sydney LaForest

    MINHO IS AWESOME MINHO IS AWESOME MINHO IS AWESOME MINHO IS AWESOME... ...okay I think I made my point. (: CANNOT WAITTTT why do authors like to torture people! ;___;

  7. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Walsh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A message to everyone reading this review: Hi. It's nice to discuss The Death Cure with all of you. There is a smorgasbord of grammatical mistakes in my review, and as I look back on what I wrote, I find myself disagreeing... with myself. When I have time to re-read the Maze Runner trilogy and its prequel, I will review each book again, and hopefully I will do justice to what is indubitably one of the best cabin slash dystopian novels I've ever read. I'll still leave this review up, and if you'd A message to everyone reading this review: Hi. It's nice to discuss The Death Cure with all of you. There is a smorgasbord of grammatical mistakes in my review, and as I look back on what I wrote, I find myself disagreeing... with myself. When I have time to re-read the Maze Runner trilogy and its prequel, I will review each book again, and hopefully I will do justice to what is indubitably one of the best cabin slash dystopian novels I've ever read. I'll still leave this review up, and if you'd like to leave a comment, I'd be happy to respond. PS, when I read my review earlier, I realized I sounded... um, let's say slightly immature... and I glossed over the ideas behind the story itself. I was once very attuned to the *characters* in a novel, but now find myself enjoying the beauty in the plot and philosophies of novels. So when I re-review this book, hopefully I'll sound less like a maniacal fangirl. Okay. That's about it for now. Enjoy. Spoilers are ahead. For those who have waited for so very long, my review is finally here. Yaaayyyy. The Death Cure's end gave us a new hope, didn't it? A hope for survival. It was plainly obvious to me that WICKED was bad, but in the end, they did (or Chancellor Paige did) one thing good--they transported our Gladers, Group B-ers and the rest of the Munies to the last Paradise on Earth, the last place where they could be free and not ruled by an evil corporation claiming to do good. I couldn't help but to smile when I read the last few pages of The Death Cure, though it admittedly was tainted by a frown. The without-a-doubt epic saga concluded with death, and while expecting it to be this way, I did not want it. I did not want a "happy ending" for this story, because after all that Thomas and his friends had been through, there was no possible way for it to end happily. I just wish that the three main characters who died... didn't have to. Chuck, of course, died during The Maze Runner. He symbolized youth and innocence--2 things that *did* die inside the Gladers by the end of Book One--and it's hard to smile when youth and innocence die. Newt and Teresa died in The Death Cure. Newt symbolized friendship and loyalty, even when the whole world went insane. His death did not have me producing tears, for it was a mercy, but he should not have had to die. Shame on WICKED, not on Dashner. Newt wouldn't have been so Gone had they not made him that way. Teresa's death upset me. I couldn't "see" it coming, but I did feel it coming. I hated her as Thomas did when she betrayed him; loathed her as Thomas did when she tried to convince him that WICKED was good, and that she was sorry. But ultimately, as with Thomas, I forgave her... just in time for her to be crushed by the ceiling of Wicked as the Munies were escaping. Really, though, her death did not quite "surprise" me. Thomas gained closure regarding his previous best friend, and closure is only had in death, be it a metaphorical death or not. I wanted none of them to die; they did. There is nothing more to say on this count. The premise of The Death Cure can be defined in three words-- death, rebellion, and insanity. Looking at the Flare-ridden world for the first time, it hit home for both Thomas and myself that a cure was needed desperately, but not by WICKED's means. No "good" company dedicated to the preservation of mankind does everything it had done to the Gladers and Group B. Besides, I think they were looking for a cure the wrong way (obviously). You can't torture a cure out of immune kids with memory loss--that just doesn't work. Really, the way for a cure to be discovered would be to examine the disease, and find a way for it to stop spreading and wreaking the horrific damage. But on that note, the damage of the Flare confused me. A man-made disease based on controlling population suddenly turns into a pandemic that makes people become crazy zombies? It seems... unlikely. And based on that hole in the plot, another one sprung out at me--why, exactly, were we readers told that the sun caused the Flare, and then have the information revealed that it was actually mankind? Was this "WICKED telling the kids and Thomas, which is how we know", or was it just poor writing? I sincerely hope it was the former. Hey, by-the-by, how exactly did the sun flares fit into all this anyway? Like I just said, everything seemed sun-flare related, and then we were just told that Nope, sorry, we lied. Mankind did it all. Didn't mean to allude ya. By the end, I felt like there were numerous plot holes and misgivings, and this was one of them. Aside from the fact that I don't like plot holes, nor do I like characters I like dying, I did not like how it was essentially just Thomas in the third book. Minho (who I absolutely adored), Brenda (who I'm kind of mad at, because the epilogue revealed her to be a kind of traitor) and Jorge were there throughout the book, I guess, but it felt like they were moved to the sidelines a bit, you know? I did not like the fact that Aris was only mentioned, what, four times total in the 'Cure? I did not like the fact that Group B suddenly vanished from the plot. I did not like Teresa's explanation for why they left the WICKED compound in the beginning sans Newt, Thomas and Minho--it made no sense. Also--uh, if lots of brain activity make the Flare get worse inside the killzone, then why, exactly, did Newt not go crazy in the first two books? The sun couldn't really activate it, since Newt had spent two weeks running a hundred miles in the Scorch to get to the safe-zone, and he didn't go crazy then. So how exactly *DID HE GO CRAZY?!* It was like "Hey, guess what, Newt, you've got the Flare", and only after this announcement, for no real reason, did Newt go crazy. What do you think--Plot hole? Or the doing of WICKED? But I did like the book as a whole. James Dashner did a fantastically fantastic job of writing. He made me feel every single experience along with the characters, so that I hurt when they hurt, survived when they survived; I literally felt *everything* they felt, throughout all of the series, which made it so fantastic. Because of the fact that I did not re-read the first two books before reading this one, I cannot say that I would feel towards The Death Cure what a person who did read all three in a row would feel. This was an excellent ending to the series, I think (again, I wanted happy endings for all, but hey, that just wasn't feasible), but this view could almost certainly be different for that person. I hope that those of you who read the three books in a row will appreciate them the way I do, but I can only hope for this. Finally, I mention the irony of the title with the ending of the book. The note Chancellor Paige left to the members of WICKED finalizes the fact that yep, the world's going to hell, and there was no cure, so only the Munies can survive. (Though I am curious--there is bound to be hundreds more Munies left outside the hidden paradise Thomas and crew inhabit at the end of the Death Cure, so what happens to them? Could there possibly be a spin-off series relating somewhat to this, or to the eventual reunion between the Paradise Munies and the Wasteland Munies [because yeah, undoubtedly there'd be a reunion]?) Thus, the only cure for the Flare is death. Ha ha ha. Ah, irony, how we so love you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. hmm.. where to begin... First, the title: The Death Cure. A little misleading perhaps? I THINK SO!! There's NO cure. There's not even hope for a cure! Let's just all give up on our ridiculous plan to save the world that ended up having NO medical support at all! La de dah de dah!! The death cure my foot. Second, this book really got me thinking.... why the heck is Thomas the almighty one? I don't know how old he is, but I'm just going to go out on a limb and guess 16ish... Okay, so stick with me hmm.. where to begin... First, the title: The Death Cure. A little misleading perhaps? I THINK SO!! There's NO cure. There's not even hope for a cure! Let's just all give up on our ridiculous plan to save the world that ended up having NO medical support at all! La de dah de dah!! The death cure my foot. Second, this book really got me thinking.... why the heck is Thomas the almighty one? I don't know how old he is, but I'm just going to go out on a limb and guess 16ish... Okay, so stick with me on this one. Thomas is a young teenager who is immune to the flair. He works at WICKED because let's be honest, what major scientific/medical research facility doesn't hire young boys?? The Creators die somehow and for who knows what reason, Thomas and his equally young friend Teresa get to be in charge??? And are just the smartest leaders WICKED could have? What the? HE"S NOT THAT SMART! Third, RIP Newt. But don't worry, Thomas will remember you every paragraph or so and his chest will ache or clench or whatever the heck it keeps doing. Fourth, no one knows who Chancellor Paige is. Convenient of her to show up though. Fifth, (are you getting tired of my counting?), I'm so glad we got to listen to Thomas complain about having no memories for the first two books and then when he finally gets the chance to get them back, he super wusses out and says no. LOVED that part. Totally ensured I'd get to read more of the stupid vague sentences that have no reward at all like "it reminded Thomas of a memory that he couldn't quite grasp," or "it frustrated him that he couldn't remember why this detail stuck out to him." Totally hooked me in with those show stoppers. (insert eye roll) Sixth, lots and lots of death. The end has a fleeing scene similar to the first one and it's hard for me to imagine it being realistic. Over 500 people tried to escape and only 200 made it?? Come on, 300 people died? In a chapter where they're escaping nothing more than a crumbling building? Those are some very poor statistics. Seventh, Peace out Teresa! You were replaced by Brenda....in the second book. You really had no other option but to be killed. No hard feelings. The end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, first off I'm going to say that I loved Maze Runner and Scorch Trials. I've been waiting for this final book for a long time. The author does a great job with fast-paced writing and action-packed scenes. The mysteries and puzzles were what intrigued me about this trilogy in the first place. Right as you're trying to get one thing straight in your head, another crazy mind trick gets thrown at you, making you shake your head and ask a bunch of questions again. So I was so excited to finally Ok, first off I'm going to say that I loved Maze Runner and Scorch Trials. I've been waiting for this final book for a long time. The author does a great job with fast-paced writing and action-packed scenes. The mysteries and puzzles were what intrigued me about this trilogy in the first place. Right as you're trying to get one thing straight in your head, another crazy mind trick gets thrown at you, making you shake your head and ask a bunch of questions again. So I was so excited to finally read death cure and get those answers. Okay....now, the way this book failed for me was twofold. First, the characters. I loved Thomas. I loved that he was smart and selfless and loyal and compassionate. But he lost all of those qualities to me in Death Cure. He didn't trust Wicked. Ok, I get that--but to not want to get his memories back? Come on. He just chose ignorance over knowledge and I don't think that was true to his character. Then he rejected Teresa the whole time which I felt was unwarranted since after scorch. I think the author did their relationship a complete disservice. I'm still mad about it. I never liked Brenda and I'm disappointed that Thomas ended up with her. I mean, come on, she obviously had a double agenda the whole time, and yet he trusted her and not Teresa. Blech. Okay, and then there was Minho. He used to be funny, despite the circumstances. Nope, no more. And then there's poor Newt. His storyline was good, but the final scene between he and Thomas was just as quick as the rest of the book, and it was a shame. Fast is good, but not when the scene is as meaningful as that one. Oh and his note? I thought it was a cop-out. And I'm supposed to believe that Wicked would just let Thomas wander around Denver and not come get him because the virus was too rampant? They supposedly have unlimited money and resources, and we're led to believe they watch his every move, yet when he returns to Wicked at the end, he just goes to the bathroom and plants the disabling device? No one notices? And then when he's getting the immunes out of the maze, why didn't the other Gladers try to leave before? If everything was disabled, why wouldn't Gally and frypan and the B girls try to escape? I could go on and on. Okay, now the second reason the book failed to me. The questions. Really? No more answers? No explaining why Thomas was chosen or how he trained the Creators. Nothing about he and Teresa or their parents or chuck or how the rest of the world is. I mean, the virus makes people zombies and a Candidate's brain was supposed to cure that? Okay... And then they just end up in a green paradise with a hundred or so immunes so they can start over? And the chancellor just happened to save him right before his brain removal and leave him a map but doesn't go to the paradise herself? Seriously.... There were so many things that didn't add up. So many questions that were answered haphazardly or not at all. Oh and I could have done without Thomas and Brenda staring off into the sunset at the end. I so don't like her. Now they're in another Glade all over again. At least before, I actually liked Thomas. I'm so disappointed because I wanted so badly to like this...I'm totally bummed :(

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Rated: 1 to 1.5 stars Ever since I picked up the first book in this series, I've thought to myself: This book is only good if the ending is good. Turns out it was... nothing surprising and lacks substance. Major complaints: -The author did not explain WHY they need to put all these subjects through all these Variables. Only a very loose and generic rationale was provided. It just seems like a very poor excuse on the author's part to throw in some action and bloodbath into the series. There is Rated: 1 to 1.5 stars Ever since I picked up the first book in this series, I've thought to myself: This book is only good if the ending is good. Turns out it was... nothing surprising and lacks substance. Major complaints: -The author did not explain WHY they need to put all these subjects through all these Variables. Only a very loose and generic rationale was provided. It just seems like a very poor excuse on the author's part to throw in some action and bloodbath into the series. There is absolutely no purpose to any of those attacks and traps happening. Does not add to the story at all. -Thomas never got his memory back. Why? ¯\(°_o)/¯! Just another device to keep the reader in the dark. I mean, why else would anyone read this book until the end otherwise? -Newt's note and its request. You would think the content is something IMPORTANT. But nope. Other than for it to be used to bait the readers to read on, it served no purpose. So pointless. Debated between giving it a 1 or 2 stars, but in the end, because it just failed so miserably, I figured people should be warned.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Meh. . . I don't know what happened but I loved the first book. Liked the second well enough and then I don't know. I'm glad some of my friends loved it though =)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zainab

    This shit HURTED. I'm such an emotional mess right now ugh. But all in all, I'd say I liked the movie version better. The movie was a lot more gripping.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “I don’t think there is a right or wrong any more...only horrible and not quite so horrible.” I have loved rereading this series! We rejoin Thomas and the gang after the horrors of the Scorch. WICKED say the trials are almost over - but how can they believe anything they say? Thomas, Brenda and Jorge become separated from the rest of the group as they break out from WICKED. They make their way to Denver, a city managing to function as normally as possible, while scanning all new occupants for “I don’t think there is a right or wrong any more...only horrible and not quite so horrible.” I have loved rereading this series! We rejoin Thomas and the gang after the horrors of the Scorch. WICKED say the trials are almost over - but how can they believe anything they say? Thomas, Brenda and Jorge become separated from the rest of the group as they break out from WICKED. They make their way to Denver, a city managing to function as normally as possible, while scanning all new occupants for the flare in order to keep it out. All the while WICKED are hunting them - they need Thomas, claim he is their ‘final candidate’. But what do they want him for? This series is fantastic, as it really makes you question the term ‘the end justifies the means’. Does it actually? When so many are killed for this so called ‘end’. Very powerful stuff. Battling cranks, meeting old characters, and so many more secrets and shocks - this was a great final instalment. My only gripe would be (view spoiler)[ I completely forgot they killed off Teresa right before they all escape to the safe land - that was a bit convenient, as it leaves Thomas and Brenda to pursue their relationship and therefore - no more love triangle. (hide spoiler)] “He almost wanted to laugh at the irony. They made him into a killer...to save people?”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa

    Things Dashner does well: Storytelling. Making up this world and coming up with all the plot twists are well done; he's a very talented tale spinner. He's great at creating suspense, making the next plot twist come at the right moment, and making you want to go on to the next chapter. A lab-created zombie virus and an overzealous world organization with too much power: fantastic ideas. Some of the plot twists and answers I questioned, but overall it was a fast-paced tale that easily drew me in. Things Dashner does well: Storytelling. Making up this world and coming up with all the plot twists are well done; he's a very talented tale spinner. He's great at creating suspense, making the next plot twist come at the right moment, and making you want to go on to the next chapter. A lab-created zombie virus and an overzealous world organization with too much power: fantastic ideas. Some of the plot twists and answers I questioned, but overall it was a fast-paced tale that easily drew me in. What Dashner does not do so well: Character development. This is the third book in the series and I still have no idea what most of the characters look like or what they are about at their core. They all seem rather the same, especially their short tempers. The book is about plot more than character so for the most part I gone on with the shallow characters, but it would have been nice to get a better feel for who I was caring about while reading about all their close calls with the Cranks. Description. I got lost a lot in this book. A lot. I know some of that is me forgetting details from previous books, but most of it was my inability to keep up with what Dashner was trying to describe. I was especially lost in the conclusion, partly because things weren't described well, but partly because I didn't feel like I all my questions were answered. (view spoiler)[How exactly did the wall convert into an entrance to the Flat Trans? I get that it was some form of liquid solid, but the fact that it opened up into a new place sounded more like magic than advanced science. How could this paradise be disconnected from the rest of the world? Couldn't they keep walking and end up in someplace overrun by Cranks? Couldn't the Cranks roaming around the earth eventually wander into them? Also, what ever happened to the people in Maze B? Did they just head to the Maze A and save those people while forgetting all the people in the other maze? Why didn't they split up? Why didn't someone lament about the other maze and the hundreds of immunes dying there? It was dropped from the story. And it wasn't the only loose end I still had questions about. I liked that the conclusion to the trilogy wasn't a happily ever after. There wasn't an eleventh hour cure that was going to fix everything when the world was way past Gone, but I did feel like it happened too quickly without addressing all the loose ends. And one last complaint that we discussed at my writing group. How come Thomas never got his memory back? We've been wondering what's in there since the beginning of Maze Runner. We've waited all this time to learn Thomas' involvement in Wicked and especially at the beginning of this book where he fought so hard against getting his memory back and Wicked fought so hard to give it to him. We were teased (from the very first book) with secrets and information to prove Wicked was good and find out who Thomas had been and how he's changed, but Dashner never came through. (hide spoiler)] ETA: I just found out The Kill Order *spoiler* has nothing to do with Thomas and Teresa. *spoiler* Seriously?! The only reason I was considering reading it was to find out what Dashner should have written here. But instead of milking one more book out of the trilogy, Dashner has milked a prequel to set up the milking of yet another prequel. It irritates me when author's milk a story idea instead of moving on to the next one. That information should have been in this book and I'm not reading a lot of new books for a little bit of information. I will not be reading anything else that has to do with the Maze Runner trilogy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    2.5 stars. Not bad but I expected sooo much more of the 'grand finale'... ★★☆ 2.5 stars. Not bad but I expected sooo much more of the 'grand finale'...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laz

    I honestly expected much more than this. It was utterly mediocre from the beginning to the unsatisfying ending. This series started off so good with the first book being amazing, but then the books kept deteriorating. Loving certain characters and then having them getting on your nerves is more annoying than I had ever imagined. Most characters of this book, even those I liked in the first and second one, now I just found plain annoying. Well, for starters, I find it annoying that they didn't I honestly expected much more than this. It was utterly mediocre from the beginning to the unsatisfying ending. This series started off so good with the first book being amazing, but then the books kept deteriorating. Loving certain characters and then having them getting on your nerves is more annoying than I had ever imagined. Most characters of this book, even those I liked in the first and second one, now I just found plain annoying. Well, for starters, I find it annoying that they didn't even want to help out in saving the human race, I hope they're satisfied with where they ended up being. This book, felt like stalling. Honestly, minus some action scenes and the main storyline parts which where poor to the point of nonexistent, there wasn't anything of much importance. This book could have honestly been 50 pages long it wouldn't have made a difference. Having characters running around with a no-brainer explanation and making them pigheaded, it was just frustrating. Thomas, Minho, Newt, they were all fools although I felt bad for one of them in the end but it wouldn't have made a difference. The ending inspired a sense of doom, and it's one that is unpredictable, you can imagine a hundred different ways they could end up. Yes, oh yes, I came up with some nice ideas about hyenas creeping up on them, or dying by venomous spiders. Is my imagination running wild? The only reason I gave this 2 stars is because I enjoy immensely the way Dashner writes, with his quirky dialogues, snarky comments and all. I just wish this author would come up with more rich and original storylines, because he really could be great. Do I recommend this series? Well, the first one HELL YES, the second one HMM YES and the third one UGH NO. That about sums it up. For some dystopia fans this could work, it didn't for me much as I wanted to.

  17. 4 out of 5

    benebean

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *sighs* this probably doesn't deserve a rating as low as 2 stars, but since it deserves a rating lower than its two predecessors, it gets 2 stars. This trilogy could have been amazing if its last installment had been amazing giving meaning and imaginative explanations for all that happened in the earlier books. I kept waiting for this huge plot twist about the "real reason" why wicked was doing all these horrible things-- but in the end, the explanation was the easy to guess-- so easy and lame *sighs* this probably doesn't deserve a rating as low as 2 stars, but since it deserves a rating lower than its two predecessors, it gets 2 stars. This trilogy could have been amazing if its last installment had been amazing giving meaning and imaginative explanations for all that happened in the earlier books. I kept waiting for this huge plot twist about the "real reason" why wicked was doing all these horrible things-- but in the end, the explanation was the easy to guess-- so easy and lame that half of the guesses I had come up with were orders of magnitude more exciting and imaginative. In addition to this serious plot failure, it didn't have a main character that I really liked to help make me like the book despite its issues. I didn't dislike him, just sort of neutral. I liked a number of the minor characters, but most of them died (except Minho and I guess Frypan). Which brings me to my next quibble: Teresa and Brenda. I never liked Brenda and I felt like since the second book the author was trying to force me to accept her as a replacement for Teresa, and then conveniently leaves Teresa out of the picture and eventually kills her off to make room for a character I never cared for. I can't argue that it was unrealistic that Thomas would be distant from Teresa given the events, but I'm just mad at the author for giving her hardly any face time in the second two books, like she never even had a chance to defend herself. This ties in with my other problem, namely since we hardly get to hear from Teresa AND Thomas never bothers to recover his memories, we never find out what it was in the past that made her and Thomas so sure they were doing the right thing when setting up all these tests, unless you really wanna stick with the same lame explanation that Wicked gave for its actions. So overall, I feel like this series didn't have a good enough ending/explanation of events to merit reading through all the demoralizing experiences. This said, it was still a well-written series in that the story was compelling and some of the minor characters were depicted well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    1.5 “As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.” Yeah, WICKED is good. But this book is BAD. Actually, WORST! Ridiculous plot. Bad ending/closure. Stupid main character. Unnecessary deaths. Emotionless. Ladies and gentlemen, The Death Cure. Let's be honest here. I am so curious about this trilogy because well, I find it interesting in the first place, but I end up being disappointed and frustrated. After The Maze Runner, the sequels went down drastically. I 1.5 “As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.” Yeah, WICKED is good. But this book is BAD. Actually, WORST! Ridiculous plot. Bad ending/closure. Stupid main character. Unnecessary deaths. Emotionless. Ladies and gentlemen, The Death Cure. Let's be honest here. I am so curious about this trilogy because well, I find it interesting in the first place, but I end up being disappointed and frustrated. After The Maze Runner, the sequels went down drastically. I found the plot appalling and ridiculous. I'm not buying it. And I really didn't get what I want regarding the plot. Or most probably, I have the Flare and it's eating my brain that I can't comprehend this book. Lol. Seriously, it wasn't fascinating. Duh. Thomas is stupid. I hope he was the one who died and not *toot* and *toot* because he is stupid. Fuck you, Thomas! If you thought The Scorch Trials is so random, think again. The Death Cure is the random-est of all. There are lots of deus ex fucking machina. There are lots of scene that I didn't find fitting or didn't connect with what is happening. They are really more like random throws to make the story line relevant and fascinating. Don't get me started with character development because there is none. Oh! There's one, I found out that Newt is not immune to the Flare virus. What a surprise? Please. It's really trying hard. And the worst is, I don't feel anything about this book. With those deaths and near-deaths, I am just there reading it like I'm reading an instruction manual with fistfight and running. I appreciate the pacing since I didn't get bored. But, it is kinda manipulative. And it's not enough to redeem the whole mess. *throw shades*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3), James Dashner The Death Cure is a 2011 young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American writer James Dashner and the third book published in the Maze Runner series. It is the last book in the series. After being held in solitary confinement, Thomas is eventually released by Janson ("Rat Man" in the prior novel), the assistant director of WICKED. Janson tells the Gladers (Group A) and Group B that most of their number are immune to the Flare The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3), James Dashner The Death Cure is a 2011 young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American writer James Dashner and the third book published in the Maze Runner series. It is the last book in the series. After being held in solitary confinement, Thomas is eventually released by Janson ("Rat Man" in the prior novel), the assistant director of WICKED. Janson tells the Gladers (Group A) and Group B that most of their number are immune to the Flare while some are not, reading out names of people who are not immune to the Flare. Thomas is devastated to hear that his friend Newt is not immune. The Gladers are offered the chance to remove the mind-control chips in their heads, thus restoring their memories, but at the cost of Thomas' ability to communicate telepathically with Teresa and Aris. Only Thomas, Minho, and Newt choose not to undergo the surgery, believing they cannot help to find the cure if they lose their telepathic connection or gain their prior memories. All three of them escape from WICKED with the help of Brenda and Jorge before their chips are removed. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه نوامبر سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: درمان مرگ: کتاب سوم سری دونده هزارتو (مارپیچ)؛ نویسنده: جیمز دشنر؛ مترجم: آیدا کشوری، ویراستار: نیما کهندانی، تهران، نشر بهداد، 1394؛ در 404 ص؛ فروست: دونده هزارتو، 3؛ شابک: 9786009554645؛ چاپ دوم و سوم 1395؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر باژ، 1396، در 404 ص؛ شابک: 9786008939849؛ چاپ دوم و سوم 1396؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21 م عنوان: علاج مرگ: کتاب سوم سری دونده هزارتو؛ نویسنده: جیمز دشنر؛ مترجم: مینا موسوی؛ ویراستار: مژگان کلهر؛ تهران، افق، 1396؛ در 383 ص؛ شابک: 9786003533448؛ فروست: دونده هزارتو 3؛ چاپ دوم 1397؛ سازمان شرارت (اهرامن)، از «توماس»: زندگی، یادمانها، و حالا هم دوست‌هایش، را گرفته است. تنها یک آزمون دیگر باقی‌مانده، تا آزمایش‌ها کامل شوند، اما اهرامن نمی‌داند، که «توماس» همه ی رخدادهای گذشته را به یاد دارد. زمان دروغ به پایان رسیده، اما حقیقت ممکن است خطرناک‌تر از چیزی باشد، که «توماس» خیال می‌کند. آیا کسی از این ماجرا جان سالم به در می‌برد؟ سه گانه ی «دونده هزارتو (مارپیچ)» داستانی نفس‌گیر و هوشمندانه است، که خواهان بسیاری در سراسر جهان دارد، و بیش از سه میلیون نسخه از آن تنها در آمریکا به فروش رفته است. بر اساس داستانهای دونده هزارتو، سریالی با همین نام ساخته شده و به نمایش درآمده است. ا. شربیانی

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    Speechless! The Maze Runner was the first survival-dystopian book I've ever read and I can't express the pulse-pounding rush I get from this series and what brought other book of this genre come to life in my world. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend...it all started with James Dashner and I'll forever be grateful for his ingenious story telling that is 100% pure adrenaline. It ignited a passion in me that will forever be craved. The Death Cure is the finally conclusion to this heart-stopping Speechless! The Maze Runner was the first survival-dystopian book I've ever read and I can't express the pulse-pounding rush I get from this series and what brought other book of this genre come to life in my world. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend...it all started with James Dashner and I'll forever be grateful for his ingenious story telling that is 100% pure adrenaline. It ignited a passion in me that will forever be craved. The Death Cure is the finally conclusion to this heart-stopping world and I'm here to tell you that it's been one helluva ride!! Now...I'm sure that with the ending we got that many people will feel either content with it or they may feel robbed. Me? I guess I feel a little of both, but I think that's how we're meant to feel, cause that's how these characters feel. See, these books are designed to keep the reader in constant wonderment. We don't know who to trust (with a few exceptions) we don't know what's real and we don't know which way the story will turn no matter how much we think we've figured it out. The methods WICKED used were horrendous and when push comes to shove, meaningless. After all that tragic, all that pain and all that torture (for characters and readers alike) the final answer was indeed right before our eyes...and yet, I've never once, during this entire series thought about it. I was to focused on what was going on and to panicked with want for my favorite characters to survive that I never looked at the could-be-solution. I was just waiting for the shucking cure! With that said, I'm happy with the way this ended. In fact, I think it's the perfect ending. It's filled with action and answers. It leaves the characters and the readers exhausted and exhilarated, but most of all despite the lost and despair it leaves us with hope, and that my friend is always a note I like my reads to end with. I've said this in my last two reviews so I might as well say it one last time. James Dashner is my hero! These books have been one of the most craziest, twisted and absolutely addicting books I've ever read and I can say this with a heavy heart... it will be tremendously missed. Congrats to James Dashner on such an epic series. You put your readers and your characters through absolute hell mister! But I've never had such a blast reading a series from beginning to end. Pure awesomesauce!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    In the final book of the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Brenda, and Jorge escape from WICKED and head to Denver only to find that the Flare has spread even into the “safe” cities and Immunes are being gathered up and sold to WICKED. After being caught by Right Arm, Thomas willingly heads back to WICKED headquarters to try to help take down WICKED for good. The Death Cure is the best of the three main Maze Runner books. In some places the writing is not very good, but the twists, turns, In the final book of the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Brenda, and Jorge escape from WICKED and head to Denver only to find that the Flare has spread even into the “safe” cities and Immunes are being gathered up and sold to WICKED. After being caught by Right Arm, Thomas willingly heads back to WICKED headquarters to try to help take down WICKED for good. The Death Cure is the best of the three main Maze Runner books. In some places the writing is not very good, but the twists, turns, and surprises totally make up for it. I was left wanting to know more, but the ending was still satisfactory. This book really made reading the whole trilogy worth it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    1.5 stars First, to clarify. This isn't an angry one star. I just have lost most of my patience when it comes to all of this series's flaws. As many people have noted, the Maze Runner trilogy is a bit... mysterious. Throughout the first two books, a lot of stuff happens with little to no explanation. I knew going into The Death Cure that the only way I would like this book was if it finally gave me the answers I was looking for. Well, as you can see from my rating, it didn't. (view spoiler)[But 1.5 stars First, to clarify. This isn't an angry one star. I just have lost most of my patience when it comes to all of this series's flaws. As many people have noted, the Maze Runner trilogy is a bit... mysterious. Throughout the first two books, a lot of stuff happens with little to no explanation. I knew going into The Death Cure that the only way I would like this book was if it finally gave me the answers I was looking for. Well, as you can see from my rating, it didn't. (view spoiler)[But man. That stupid part where Newt died. I knew it was coming but it still made my eyes tear up. Newt, I love you. And maybe I was being emotionally manipulated, but your death killed me. Why did you have to tell Tommy you hate him? What a terrible last memory. If Newt told me he hated me, I'd probably shoot myself, not him. That is how much I treasure his affection. And could Brenda still working for WICKED be any more obvious? It got to the point where Thomas was actively ignoring the signs that she was playing them all. Apparently, all it takes is a few cheek-kisses for Thomas to be fooled. (So. Many. Cheek-kisses.) (hide spoiler)] And it doesn't help that Thomas is the least compelling protagonist to ever draw breath. To me, he just seems a little... slimy. I don't like him. One last complaint. Dashner was really unsuccessful, at least for this reader, in describing action scenes. This was especially apparent toward the end, when there were some fights/brawls. Trying to picture what Character A was doing to Character B was so confusing. How can you simultaneously wrap your legs around someone's torso and pin their arms down with your knees? Sigh. ......... Okay, I lied. I have more complaints. The characters are so... juvenile. Their jokes aren't funny and Dashner never developed them into real live people; they only exist to react to plot events. And since the plot stopped making sense quite some time ago, maybe that's not the best strategy. And I think there was a theme running through the book of gray morality, there are no "right" choices, etc. But I didn't feel that the author respected his audience (or his writing skills) enough to let that theme seep in through character choices and the problems they faced. Instead, there were multiple instances where a character would think or say, literally, "Things aren't black and white anymore!" Yeah, okay, we get it. One good thing: ambiguous ending. Not going to expand on that for obvious reasons, but I would have been disappointed if everything was wrapped up with a cute little bow. Thinking back, that was Dashner's (and the trilogy's) greatest strength. He wasn't afraid to hurt, emotionally traumatize, or even kill some of his best characters. So, for some younger readers, these books could be a revelation. Final Verdict: I think this series would be (and obviously is, based on how many requests it has at my library) very enjoyable and exciting for kids, maybe ages 11-14. But it didn't work for me. The writing and world-building were too weak for me to like the Maze Runner series. But I think I would recommend it for its target age group. PS. I put this on my "disturbing moments" shelf because, at one point, a chunk of rock falls on some people and crushes them and their blood trickles out from beneath the rock. That's linked to some traumatic childhood moments for me, most notably watching a Halloween episode of The Simpsons that I was really not prepared for. Bluhd!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    *Sigh* This was such a disappointment. It pains me to say that. It really, really does, because I loved the first two books, and thought that this series had huge potential. I was so excited to read this book, to find out what was going on... And then this? This is just... it? So. Frustrating. I just don't even know where to start. I thought that the concept of this series was fascinating. The mysteriousness, the everyone starts at One and figures it out as we go thing was great - I loved it, *Sigh* This was such a disappointment. It pains me to say that. It really, really does, because I loved the first two books, and thought that this series had huge potential. I was so excited to read this book, to find out what was going on... And then this? This is just... it? So. Frustrating. I just don't even know where to start. I thought that the concept of this series was fascinating. The mysteriousness, the everyone starts at One and figures it out as we go thing was great - I loved it, although I am sure many others didn't. The action, the confusion, the mistrust... all of that was great in the first two books, which had me chomping at the bit for the conclusion. Well let me not keep you in suspense. It fell hard, like Wile E. Coyote right after he realizes he's been duped off a cliff... again. The resulting splat was flatter than a pancake. The ONLY reason I'm giving this two stars and not an abysmal one star, is that it WAS still exciting to read, mostly, and I kept hoping against hope, as the remaining page count grew smaller and smaller, that there would be some redemption to this book, that the revelation at the end would knock me on my ass and leave me stunned and wondering just how I could not have seen it coming. Alas, there was not and it did not. This was just... fluff. Nothing but 325 pages of filler and then a fucking cop-out ending. This series should have been a slightly expanded duology. About 50 pages of this book should have been tacked onto The Scorch Trials along with a decent ending, and I'd have been thrilled. But this. Ugh. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't buy them. The characters showed zero growth. Zero. And not only zero, but... negative. NEGATIVE GROWTH. OK, so... I'm going to assume that if you're reading this review, you've read at least through The Scorch Trials. So you know that Thomas, the main character, and his best friend Teresa, have 1) secrets about their past that tie into WICKED, meaning that they worked for WICKED and helped design the program and experiments, etc and 2) have had all of their memories of those secrets, their roles as mentioned above, and the rest of their pasts, wiped. They know their names, but other than that, they're basically operating on instinct and feelings. They've determined that WICKED has been experimenting on all of the Gladers in order to find a cure for a disease that is running rampant on Earth, turning people into raging, cannibalistic psychopaths. So... No-Memory Thomas doesn't trust WICKED, and wants to get away from them and stop them from experimenting on people... 'Cause it's all mean and they lied and stuff. (Seriously, that's pretty much his reasoning.) Given the chance to get his memories back, to remember exactly what WICKED is, and what its goal is, HOW HE CAN STOP IT USING INSIDER INFORMATION THAT HE WOULD HAVE BECAUSE HE EFFING DESIGNED THE SHIT, he decides he doesn't want them back. "Nope. No thanks, I'm good," says he. But OK. I can get the logic of not wanting people he mistrusted to muck around in his head anymore. OK. I can go with that. So... when a person he is willing to trust is given the OK to muck around in his head, he STILL DOESN'T WANT THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS MEMORIES. Are you fucking KIDDING ME? >_< I do not get the logic... and this is where this book started to abide by the laws of gravity, being no longer held up by the suspension of my disbelief. Oh, I disbelieved a LOT. Better believe it. If your whole goal is to figure out what's going on and stop it from happening to other people, and you're given a huge huge huge asset like the kind I just mentioned, you don't say, "Nah, I'm good. I'll just go it alone, in the dark, with a trail of breadcrumbs and a feeling." You take the fucking advantage and USE IT. But then, my next question is, WHY is he so absolutely positive that WICKED isn't doing exactly what they say that they are doing? We do animal and human testing ALL THE TIME. If, theoretically, there was a virus or disease or whatever that affected peoples' minds, escalated in times of stress, I would WANT someone to try to find a way to stop it. Experimentation might be cruel, inhumane even, but if it helps in a big picture sense, is it not worth it? WICKED wasn't even able to complete a full round of experiments to see if they could do it. Fucking illogical. Call me cold-blooded, but this shit is just a cop-out. It was like Dashner ran out of people he was willing to kill off, so just pulled the plug. Ugh. UGH. I'm getting more and more pissed off the longer I type, so I'll make the rest of this short and sweet. This book was a disappointment, a massive logic fail, and had a weak, unsatisfying cop-out ending. One hopes that with a handful of monkeys, writing for about a week, the resulting manuscript would contain a better resolution. Yeah. Screw it. I'm giving it one star. I'm just mad. Wanna fight about it?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    2.5 Stars Do you want answers? Finally? Have you pressed through so many u!words to find some sense of meaning? Too bad. I originally almost dnfed the first book because I wasn't getting answers. I know, I know. That's the point sometimes, your not supposed to know stuff. Knowing this, I pressed onward. I expected answers in this book. But No!! We get no answers!! None! Come on, Dashner! You're driving me crazy!!!!! I'm not sure if I'll read the prequel or not. Bottom Line: 2.5 Stars: Just as 2.5 Stars Do you want answers? Finally? Have you pressed through so many u!words to find some sense of meaning? Too bad. I originally almost dnfed the first book because I wasn't getting answers. I know, I know. That's the point sometimes, your not supposed to know stuff. Knowing this, I pressed onward. I expected answers in this book. But No!! We get no answers!! None! Come on, Dashner! You're driving me crazy!!!!! I'm not sure if I'll read the prequel or not. Bottom Line: 2.5 Stars: Just as confusing as the first two.. No answers at all Age Recommendation: 13+ (Violence, Brief Kissing) P.S. The ending sentence... They say that WICKED is good... But is it? No!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Another series finished for this year, #winning The Death Cure Ummm, where to begin? This series was such a fast paced, roller coaster filled with amazing twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, and short of breath most of the time! haha I loved that the chapters were short and generally left on cliff-hangers! I think the first book is still my favourite, but the action in all 3 books never lacked, amazing series, and I highly recommend it! Even if you're kind of resistant like I was! Another series finished for this year, #winning The Death Cure Ummm, where to begin? This series was such a fast paced, roller coaster filled with amazing twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, and short of breath most of the time! haha I loved that the chapters were short and generally left on cliff-hangers! I think the first book is still my favourite, but the action in all 3 books never lacked, amazing series, and I highly recommend it! Even if you're kind of resistant like I was! :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    REVIEW UPDATED! read after the second line break. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Teresa. Why did it have to end that way?" -- Thomas, (Chapter 52, The Scorch Trial) "No. I kind of accepted it, in a way. That saving you was worth losing what we might’ve had." -- Teresa, (chapter 56, The Scorch Trial) I had a hard time getting into The Maze Runner. Despite the good plot and characters, it wasn't that enticing. I got hooked probably REVIEW UPDATED! read after the second line break. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Teresa. Why did it have to end that way?" -- Thomas, (Chapter 52, The Scorch Trial) "No. I kind of accepted it, in a way. That saving you was worth losing what we might’ve had." -- Teresa, (chapter 56, The Scorch Trial) I had a hard time getting into The Maze Runner. Despite the good plot and characters, it wasn't that enticing. I got hooked probably around the time Teresa woke up and I instantly liked her. Loved her even. I was keeping my faith on her in The Scorch Trial even though I read reviews that said she'll be someone I'll hate. I didn't want to but there were moments that I almost did. I have to see how her character will develop in this book. I'm hoping that she'll be the same smart and strong Teresa that I knew from The Maze Runner. I would also like to keep an eye on Thomas. He's held onto Teresa as much as I did and I know, deep inside him, he still cares for her. He's been through a lot of things and I like to think that I understand his character. I just hope that he makes it through the end and become the same Thomas in the Maze Runner, just smarter, stronger and ready for anything. Other characters that I'm looking forward to read again are Minho and... minho. He's a work of art. I guess there are no other characters at all. I don't like Brenda for Thomas and I'm sure that I'd make a new shelf just for this book if they do end up together. The title would probably be, "Never to read again". Please, no. It's Thomas and Teresa. Senseless, maybe, but I'm more of looking forward to see how the relationships of the characters develop than what would happen with WICKED. Oh, well. ^_^ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After waiting for so long, I've finally got a hold of a copy of this book. To say the truth, it was rather disappointing. It was action-packed and you will definitely have a hard time putting it down once you started. And it was also fast-paced which suits me well. But I will never get over the fact that it didn't end the way I hoped it to. Call me selfish, if you like. But if you read it, there were a lot of sacrifices they had to make. And in the end, i couldn't understand why it had to be that way. Brenda remained mysterious, Teresa wasn't there much, a lot of things are still bugging me. A lot of things were missing. But it was a good book, nevertheless. I enjoyed reading it. I even shed a few tears.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sita

    This trilogy ended horribly. It was like the author just found anything he could to wrap up each storyline. The whole trilogy wasn't great to begin with, but I trudged on. Book one got decent about halfway through, book two was alright, but book three was terrible. Honestly, I hope that someone gives the author some serious lessons in writing female characters and making male and female associations believable as throughout one of the biggest problems was his main characters relationships with This trilogy ended horribly. It was like the author just found anything he could to wrap up each storyline. The whole trilogy wasn't great to begin with, but I trudged on. Book one got decent about halfway through, book two was alright, but book three was terrible. Honestly, I hope that someone gives the author some serious lessons in writing female characters and making male and female associations believable as throughout one of the biggest problems was his main characters relationships with his female characters. It was all fluff and cardboard. Teresa particularly was a cardboard cut out of a pretty young girl. That's it. She never developed into a real character. The other large problem was that his protagonist Tom is a weeny. Throughout the book he is erratic in his ability to take the lead which he often does not do despite the hints that he IS suppose to be the leader. And at the end AFTER he himself says he failed his friend Newt, even upon given a second chance, poor Newt has to SCREAM at him, begging for him to take care of the problem before he does it. Is this boy ever gonna MAN UP? Seriously. I guess we won't know because it ended with him being ushered to the next place by a girl with a secret, a secret he was too dumb to ever guess or figure out because he just wanted to be a wimp with his head in the freaking sand. I really wanted to like the series because I loved the concept, I suppose this was why I trudged on. But honestly, it was, meh. Mostly a disappointment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    As a stand alone book it may have been 3 stars. But this is the final book of a series so it should bring things to a close with a bang. This did not. (view spoiler)[It was just a confused jumble of scenes with no continuity and no real closure. You figure that all the mysteries of the first couple of books will be solved or explained. They were not. Every element of this series is the Polar Bear from the TV series Lost - weird and suddenly there, but never explained. (hide spoiler)] As a whole, a As a stand alone book it may have been 3 stars. But this is the final book of a series so it should bring things to a close with a bang. This did not. (view spoiler)[It was just a confused jumble of scenes with no continuity and no real closure. You figure that all the mysteries of the first couple of books will be solved or explained. They were not. Every element of this series is the Polar Bear from the TV series Lost - weird and suddenly there, but never explained. (hide spoiler)] As a whole, a mediocre series with a pretty decent middle, but a flat and disjointed resolution.

  29. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I LITERALLY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FUNCTION OR FEEL RIGHT NOW. I'M GOING TO CRY. SO JUST...UM, STANDBY WITH A MOP AND BUCKET. I'm literally gobsmacked. This book. I'd seen a lot of spoilers beforehand that really made me angry...I HATE having books spoiled! But things panned out differently and even though I knew a few of the deaths, it still broke my heart. I will never ever ever be emotionally okay about this book. I love this trilogy. I love it absolutely fully and wholly because it's a mind I LITERALLY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FUNCTION OR FEEL RIGHT NOW. I'M GOING TO CRY. SO JUST...UM, STANDBY WITH A MOP AND BUCKET. I'm literally gobsmacked. This book. I'd seen a lot of spoilers beforehand that really made me angry...I HATE having books spoiled! But things panned out differently and even though I knew a few of the deaths, it still broke my heart. I will never ever ever be emotionally okay about this book. I love this trilogy. I love it absolutely fully and wholly because it's a mind game as well as a survival race. I love mind games. You never know who's tell the truth. Who's lying. who's good. Who's bad. IS WICKED GOOD?? I've finished the story and I don't even know. I love how this book dealt 99% in grey areas. What does it mean to be on the "Good Guy Side"??? They totally turned it on it's head so so many times. My favourite one? It was definitely (view spoiler)[ that Gally came back as a GOOD GUY. I am so relieved. I loved Gally a lot. (Although that could kiiiind of be because he's adorable. But turned out WICKED was fully controlling him to kill Chuck. And WICKED even controlled Chuck to die. I could cry now. I hate WICKED. But apparently they are still good?!! I get that everything they did was to try and save humanity. Which is why I partially find it so fascinating. If you had to kill hundreds of people to save millions....does that make it okay??? So. many. grey. areas. (hide spoiler)] Of course we're missing a lot of characters who died in earlier books but we still have: Thomas (duh), Teresa, Minho, Newt, and Brenda. I'm still not sold on Brenda. I don't think she had a very complex personality. I LOVE NEWT AND MINHO SO MUCH I COULD SCREAM. And Thomas, of course, is my squishily favourite. I love how Thomas makes mistakes but he really really wants to do the right thing. And he's loyal. And I love how he leads but in a subtle way. He never makes the "final decision". He always makes sure Minho and Newt are cool with it. And I love how they stuck together as best they could....I just wish so SO hard that they'd said something about their friendship. I know. NO CHICK FLICK MOMENTS. Gah. Boys. I hate 'em. But it felt always that Thomas never said, "Hey, guys thanks for being my best friends and my family." I WANTED THAT IN WORDS. I needed a little chick flick moment, okay? The action scenes were good and varied. Pretty full on. More guns this time. I wasn't quite as engaged. But I think this is because I knew who would die (dang spoilers on pinterest I accidentally saw) so I kind of felt angry the whole time because I DIDN'T WANT SAID PERSON TO DIE. LEMME CRY ALONE. And I always felt the emotional scenes were...not 100% there. Like the emotion was always trapped behind a wall that we, the readers, didn't get to feel. But I have enough emotion for 58703 people so this was fine. I BASICALLY SCREAMED A FEW TIMES. We gotta talk about the deaths or I'm going to just screech like a wingless banshee. So....tears. And (view spoiler)[ I new Newt would die, but it HURT SO BAD that he wanted Thomas to kill him. I wish there'd been more from Newt and Thomas. Like just...I don't even know! Thomas said Newt was his best friend, but but but I didn't see it so much. I felt Thomas/Minho/Newt were pretty much on equal friendship ground. Except Minho needed to shut his shuck face. HE WAS SO MEAN TO NEWT AT THE END. I cried (on the inside...I am Vulcan) for Newt as he went crazy. I love Newt. I LOVE FREAKING NEWT. And I cried especially hard when he said the reason he had the limp was because he tried to kill himself in the maze. Alby was there for him. ALBY SAVED NEWT IN THE MAZE. He saved Newt from himself. And Thomas couldn't save Newt from himself and this just hurt me so so much more. I tell you. The feels were wicked. WICKED. Then Teresa. I was really surprised when she died saving Thomas (she pushed him out of the way of a falling wall) and... it was perfect. I think it proved that, all along, no matter how horrible Teresa's decisions were...at the end of the day she loved Thomas and wanted things to be better. She was never evil. I HAVE INFINITE RESPECT FOR TERESA. She and Thomas are still my ultimate ship because....BECAUSE THEY ARE. I don't like Brenda. I just don't. I will cry for Teresa. (hide spoiler)] The book is perfection. It's fast paced, it's full of twists, and it basically punched me in the feels with the strength of Thor's hammer. IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER. I'm sad it's over. It's one of my top favourite dystopian trilogies. HUZZAH FOR THE GENIUS OF JAMES DASHNER!! HUZZAH! HUZZAH! *cries* [image error]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This review has spoilers so heads up. The series was a fun read (until the end when you realize you've been had). Obviously it is non-stop action from start to finish and James Dashner does a great job of that. I also really liked that the author doesn't shy away from violence which can sometimes take away from a teen book. HOWEVER, all of the above is pointless if the author doesn't EXPLAIN ANYTHING! Did you hope to find out what Thomas' memories were? Too bad. Did you want to know why Thomas, This review has spoilers so heads up. The series was a fun read (until the end when you realize you've been had). Obviously it is non-stop action from start to finish and James Dashner does a great job of that. I also really liked that the author doesn't shy away from violence which can sometimes take away from a teen book. HOWEVER, all of the above is pointless if the author doesn't EXPLAIN ANYTHING! Did you hope to find out what Thomas' memories were? Too bad. Did you want to know why Thomas, Theresa, and Aris were the only ones with telephathy? Nope, not gonna happen in this book! Did you want to know anything else? Maybe what happens to certain characters? TOO BAD. The idea that this HUGE, elaborate, deadly maze where kids lived for years was required to find a cure for a virus is just too far-fetched. That the kids were sent out into a zombie ridden, desert wasteland where there were an infinite number of uncontrolled variables and they all could have died at any moment - unbelievable. That ALL of this was to create a 'blueprint' for making a cure for the virus? No no no. Sure each individual idea is fun and exciting and imaginative....but I think it was all a bit over the top... In the end it turns out that 200 people who weren't even part of the Trials just waltz through a magic screen to paradise. Nope, these weren't even the strongest individuals who had survived the Trials, they were people captured by the Right Hand, thrown into a room, then thrown into a maze, and then led by Thomas into a magical paradise where they can all reproduce... Trilogy fail. P.S. I loved Newt and his story. It's things like that which are redeeming. There are certainly great moments within each book, but taken as a whole it just didn't work. I devoured each book in a matter of hours so if you're just looking for a fun read then have at it. Just don't expect it to make sense.

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