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
I watched the movie for the Maze Runner and really enjoyed it. I downloaded all of the audible books in the series barring the prequel. I've been listening to all three for days wanting to get to the end to get answers and find out how Dashner would pull it all together. Perhaps I'm too old for this particular series but I found it lacking. The story line - particularly for the death cure was quite cheesy and the writing wasn't very sophisticated. The underlying story wasn't terrible but there are much better books available. It felt like it was written to specifically become a Hollywood action movie. Instead of being a solid story it relied on gore and constant action/suspense that became tedious after a while. Some of the interactions between Thomas and his love interest were particularly cringeworthy and like others have said by the end you just don't feel very invested in anyone. The Maze Runner had some compelling aspects but the story become so outrageous and absurd by the last book that I was mostly just trying to finish it. It wasn't the worst book I've read/listened to but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. Hopefully Hollywood can make something out of the final books. We'll see.
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.
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
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 REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
The first two books leading up to the conclusion were pretty decent I'd say. I actually loved The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials wasn't too bad either. I was rooting for Thomas to get his memories back to find out what Wicked's true purpose was (which, we never really do).
I also wanted him and Theresa to work things out because he seemed to be so in love with her and didn't know their true history. But that NEVER happened. She has the smallest of parts in this book and James Dashner even killed her off at the last 20 pages just to have Brenda's hungry ass sneak in and scoop Thomas in the last final moments of the book. Also, too many characters. They all just kind of melded into the background by the end of it.
This book was a straight cop out. I kept waiting for Chancellor Paige to come out and reveal the true purposes of Wicked. Why they are "good". NEVER happened. It was just disappointment after disappointment. The only reason I kept listening is because I had invested so much in the other books that surely this one would pick up somewhere. Too many loopholes and hurried plot for me to be truly enthralled.
** 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.
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
The Death Cure was the book that I hoped would tie it all together. Unfortunately it didn't.
The first two books in this series were interesting, but they're the kind of books that are only good if the final book is good. And maaaaannn...talk about a disappointment. I don't want to give any spoilers, but what the heck James Dashner!? You totally chose the easy way out in writing this book. It felt like the author painted an portrait that he didn't know quite how to finish. Which is probably why he followed up this "trilogy" with a prequel, which I won't be buying.
I don't want to rail on this book or Dashner too much, I just felt like the last book was a let down.
If you're looking for some resolution to this trilogy look elsewhere this book is predictable, annoying and very sad to say the least, not worth the time.
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