“The trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare. But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted… The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?”
Overview – *Contains Spoilers*
I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Maze Runner Trilogy, to be honest, but I persevered with the series after reading the first book, hoping that it would get better towards the end. Personally, I didn’t think it did.
Like the previous two books, it took quite a few chapters for me to become interested in the characters’ dilemmas. I also found that I wasn’t as emotionally connected to the characters in the book as I felt nothing if one of them was injured, or died. I felt that the plot was predictable in some places as I could guess what would happen next, which meant that it lost some of its cliffhangers.
I felt that the ending was rushed and happened too quickly and there was a “is that it?” moment when I had finished the book as it seemed like Dashner had just churned out the events that he wanted to happen, ending abruptly with a scene which didn’t answer any of my lingering questions. The ending did feel almost as bad “they woke up and it had all been a dream” because the 200 immune people find themselves in ‘paradise’ and can rebuild a life whilst ignoring all the people dying from the Flare in the ‘other world’. Meanwhile I was still stuck in the ‘other world’ wondering how they can just move on knowing that people are suffering, especially as Minho and Thomas lost Newt to the Flare. I would have expected more sympathy from them but it felt like they just shrugged off the Flare sufferers as ‘no hopes’.
All in all, I would recommend this book to younger teens rather than older teens because although violence is present, the writing Dashner uses feels like it is aimed at a slightly younger audience who won’t have as many questions as I did at the end.
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