Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
©2011 Listening Library (P)2011 James Dashner
Anything to pass the time on the daily commute...
Everytime I thought I had the series figured out, another twist came in. Such an exciting plot with well developed characters. The imagery was amazing making me able to clearly picture every detail. Great series!
I am new to audible and this series was my "test", I had 2 free downloads to try and now I am hooked! I love to read but with 3 kids finding time to read is difficult, the narrator was excellent and I finished the entire series (4 books) in less than a week while completing my daily routine! This book in itself was excellent. It could easily stand alone but as a conclusion to the series it was mesmerizing! Great job audible I am hooked!!
Mark Deakins is an excellent narrator, I would probably select more books narrated by him just for that reason alone. He was clear and animated!
The characters had distinct accents and voices.
It was action-packed.
He does so well with different characters' voices!
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Yes, if there is a fourth book.
It was action packed, but the second book was better for me.
When we find out who has the flare and who is immune.
I enjoyed the action, and fast pace
Persomance is good and this is a good wrap up to the series. The romance is a little lacking, but overall is a solid listen.
Yes, I found the book interesting and intriguing, but I did see that it was lacking in teh romance area and felt as certain points it seemed to drag.
The ending, when the fight was finally over and Plan B took place.
I gave it three stars because I like the first two books. Wow. This book was a snore. I really liked the first two books but this one lost me. By the end I had lost all investment in the characters. He could have killed them all off and I would not have cared.
** THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE BOOK ***
SPOILER ALERT: This review assumes you have read the first two books in this trilogy. If you haven’t, then I wouldn’t read this review.
With the Maze Trials and the Scorch Trials finished, WICKED (personified by The Rat Man) is ready to give Groups A and B their memories back and finish the blueprint for a cure for the Flare. Yet Thomas and his friends (most notably Newt and Minho) are so distrustful of WICKED that they opt to attempt an escape instead. With Teresa and the others ready to get their memories back and trust WICKED, Thomas, Newt and Minho find themselves on their own, accompanied by Brenda and Jorge. As they flee WICKED and head to Denver, more details about this new Flare-infested world begin to reveal themselves, and Thomas has some difficult decisions to make.
THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN AFTER I READ THE BOOK BUT BEFORE I FOUND OUT SOME CRITICAL INFORMATION:
Shame on you, James Dashner! I was disappointed with how you chose to conclude the series. I kept waiting and waiting for Thomas to get his memory back and tell us everything about his involvement with WICKED and then you copped out! Color me disappointed. Perhaps you weren’t too sure yourself and decided to just skip over the nitty-gritty details, but, as a reader, I wanted to know the full back story, and it annoyed me when I didn’t get it.
About two-thirds of the way through, when I realized that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted in this book, I’ll admit that I kind of checked out. The format of one close call after another started to annoy me. Ending almost every single chapter with a cliffhanger began to grate on my nerves, and I realized that I didn’t care all that much about Thomas or his friends anymore. And when you started dispatching characters left and right, I let them go with nary a tear. In the end, this was a trilogy that started strong and got steadily weaker. Blech.
THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN AFTER I FOUND OUT SOME CRITICAL INFORMATION:
OK, James Dashner. Now I’m really pissed. At first when I finished your trilogy, I thought you just couldn’t come up with the back story about Thomas’s relationship with WICKED. You kept teasing us and teasing us but never delivered the goods. Then, Alyce at At Home With Books filled me in on WHY we didn’t get the payoff promised throughout the trilogy: You’re writing a prequel (The Kill Order) and doing a money grab and stretching out the “trilogy” with another book! Shame shame shame!! I really feel that you copped out and saw that, once The Maze Runner was a big hit, that you could stretch this all out and get another book out of it. That is why Thomas never chooses to get his memories back, isn’t it? Well, I think that sucks. And I won’t be buying The Kill Order. I’m done with this series. You owed us the full story and you held it back and gave us a mediocre, unsatisfying third book and I say “Boo on that.” Harumph.
P.S. I don’t know if you can see it, but the book cover for The Death Cure says “The Final Book of the Maze Runner Trilogy.” To which I say, “bulls**t!”
About the Narration: Mark Deakins was the narrator and did an OK job. He did a good job giving various characters different voices (Newt with an Irish accent??) I didn’t have any real problems with the narration … just the book itself.
The long awaited Death Cure seemed to have been pulled out of James Dashner's left butt cheek four minutes before publication. I loved Maze Runner, wasn't too thrilled with Scorch Trials. Death Cure made me want to catch the flare. The storyline was all over the place, not once making a darn bit of sense. It felt like Dashner wasn't really ready to write the last bit of the trilogy. He certainly couldn't have planned it this way. If he did, then maybe he needs to check his Kool Aid packets. At the risk of a few spoilers....
First, they say that Thomas has the flare. Then they tell him he's immune. Then they say they'll give him his memory back. And after all this time of wanting his memory back, he suddenly changes his mind. Huh? Wasn't that the whole point of the first two books? What's worse is that his friends got their memories back and never reveal their findings. All the kids are with Wicked. Then they decide to have a lovely trip to Denver. Nothing happens in Denver, so they go back to Wicked. I mean, it was like Dashner was making it up as he went along. The characters didn't even know what to do. That is one of my pet peeves, when a character stands there saying "I didn't know what to do....I knew I should do something but didn't know what." Characters should ALWAYS know what to do. They have an author to tell them. If the character doesn't know what to do, then the author failed. I mean, figure it out BEFORE you write the book. Anyway, I felt like Dashner just gave up, like he got bored with his own story and just wrote whatever to get it over with. He even ended it with a happily ever after scene, which added perfect ambiguity to an already senseless storyline. It was a major disappointment. I almost hope for a fourth book just so the author can make ammends to his loyal fans.
On a positive note, however, Mark Deakins did a fabulous job as narrator.
I have not read it in print but I enjoyed listening to it! I would rather listen to this while I do other things like cook, household chores, driving etc. This was my first series to listen to and I absolutely loved it! I was addicted once I started I just had to buy the other books and listen to them as soon as I can! Gosh it was such a well written story with a great ending and an exciting plot that is ever twisting!
I liked Brenda! I liked how strong she was throughout t he series, and her connection with Thomas. I started hating Teresa just like Thomas did and didn't think she deserved to be with him anyways even though she did everything FOR him. I'm bias because I was inside Thomas's mind and agreed with his thoughts majority of the time. (Except when he was watching the guy on the bliss I was like seriously you idiot?! RUN!) haha
SPOILER: I thought it was crazy with all the scenes with the cranks. I felt like it was zombies and I could visualize it so well! I am not even a zombie fan but that was pretty interesting how they basically turned into zombies but I was still so interested to find out what was going to happen next. AND when you realize that the rat man has the flare. AND when you find out Galley is still alive and the unfolding of how that was possible. AND when Thomas decides to not get his memories back, I was always curious!!! AND when Thomas was controlled! That was actually really crazy. I was really into that scene.
SPOILER: I was saddened when Newt was so mean to Thomas and then realized once he read the letter what it meant. I was so sad at that and felt bad for Newt for feeling the need to write it out so early on after catching the flare.
I basically stopped my life to listen to these books. haha I was so invested I listened through them so fast! The narrator was so great with all his accents. I would definitely listen to another book read by him. It was such a gripping series and I cant believe how they kept you going through every book. I was never annoyed, never thought it was slow and never thought it was stupid. I seriously loved the way it was written with the newly inserted language, the idea, the story line and plot, and the performance was fabulous. I give it an A++++!
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