Book Review – The Death Cure by James Dashner

The conclusion… da da daaah!

The Death Cure Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Science Fiction, Dystopian

No. of pages: 325

From Goodreads:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over. 

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So, I finally got my answers, after being strung along for two novels and dragged through action and running and death… was it all worth it? A bit of yes, and a bit of no.

The Death Cure’ maintains the precedence set up in the first two novels leaving you thinking if there is still a puppet master behind the whole situation. But it’s something you, the reader, needs to decide for yourself.

The Death Cure Book Review Pic 03 by Casey CarlisleYou get a real sense of rebellion here, where in the first two it was all about surviving from one moment to the next. Don’t get me wrong, Thomas and his friends lives are in jeopardy on every page, but they have gained some power through their struggles, and with what they uncover, gain strength in their convictions.

I’m glad I was able to resolve many of the questions I had throughout the whole series, but if left me with the feeling that the plot was… well, contrived. I lost a little respect of James Dashner on that point. I still have trouble swallowing the motivation behind the mythology of the Maze Runner universe.

On the other hand, we get to find out more about the technology behind the elaborate sets Thomas and Co. have been tortured with, and that was geeking out the sci-fi girl in me.

I enjoyed this book more than the others – probably because my curiosity was satisfied – but still underwhelmed. I wanted a more poignant event for all of Thomas’ efforts in this conclusion. There has been so much death, terrifying conditions and gritty survival from the get go, which roped me into ‘The Maze Runner’ and throughout. And how this universe marries technology, massive arenas for our players, and a dystopian world desperate for a light at the end of the tunnel is amazing.

I’ve been enjoying the film series much more than the novels so far – some inconsistencies and flimsy justifications have been fixed up and I am practically salivating to see how they will conclude the franchise on the big screen.

Overall feeling: Great, but underwhelmed.

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