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THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner, #3
Publication Date: October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Summary: 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?

Review Overview:

  • Felt disconnected to the characters and I had a difficult time jumping back into the Maze Runner world
  • Lacked excitement and high energy that I had loved in the first two books
  • Disappointing last book to what had been a pretty entertaining series

I think that it’s quite a problem that I’m struggling to write a review of THE DEATH CURE just a few days after I had finished reading. I was a fan of the Maze Runner series with its action-packed mystery and surprising conclusions. Unfortunately, everything that I loved about the series were lacking in the final installment of the Maze Runner series.

I couldn’t get into THE DEATH CURE, but at the same time, it wasn’t a struggle to read. I read the book in two days, more or less, but I felt entirely disconnected from the reading experience. I just couldn’t immerse myself into the world that Dashner had created. Furthermore there was a lack of variation in the tension of the novel. The characters were always on their toes, watching their backs, and I feel as if the constant high tension just made the novel anti-climactic. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat.

In the previous book, The Scorch Trials, Dashner hinted at a bit of romance. While there are still some suggestions of romantic tension between the characters, Dashner does not delve into it any deeper. At its core, THE DEATH CURE remains to be about Wicked’s “good” intentions to find a cure for the Flare.

I think I’ve always had a problem connecting to Thomas, partly because of the third-person perspective. I just didn’t understand his character which made it difficult to root him on. I was apathetic to his cause the entire time I was reading. There was no one character I particularly liked, nor was there a character that I disliked.

The ending was satisfying because it ties up the story well. I had no lingering questions. But as an ending to a series that I had enjoyed, it was a bummer. I enjoyed the first two books immensely and it’s disappointing to end the series on a sour note. THE DEATH CURE is still worth a read for fans of the series, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

Why I’m Biased: I had high expectations for this book since I was a fan of the series.

About the Author

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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You are here: Home » Book: The Death Cure

I’m productive! I got some reading done as much as possible. I managed to read A Clash of Kings even if I was really intimidated by the length. I started listening to audiobooks and finished my first one! Out of the seven books I planned to read, I only read six on my list. But I actually ended up reading a total of 10 books last month! Incredible! I’m proud of myself. :P

In December, I really need to push my limits. It’s the last month of the year, and I’m determined to finish up my GoodReads challenge!

The Vlog

The Pile

  1. Wintertown by Steve Emond
  2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  3. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  4. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
  5. The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore
  6. Bastard by Brenda Novak
  7. Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
  8. Darker Still by Leanne Renee Heiber
  9. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (reread)
  10. Many more!!!

I need to finish up my GoodReads reading challenge which means I just need to read as many books as possible this month! I’m determined to beat last year so it’s imperative I get my hands on as many books as I can.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Cialina (Muggle-Born)has read 119 books toward a goal of 136 books.
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A month or so ago, Loreal mentioned that she really liked it when I featured a list of books I was eagerly anticipating back for I Heart S&S Month. I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday for a while now, but I hope to go back doing this on a monthly basis. Here are all the titles I can’t wait to read, buy, or both in October.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Summary: 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?

Expected Publication Date: October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Why I Want to Read It: I love the Maze Runner series! It’s definitely one of my favorite dystopian thrillers. :)

Stick by Andrew Smith

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Stark McClellan (nicknamed Stick because he’s tall and thin) is bullied for being “deformed” – he was born with only one ear. His older brother Bosten is always there to defend Stick. But the boys can’t defend one another from their abusive parents.

When Stick realizes Bosten is gay, he knows that to survive his father’s anger, Bosten must leave home. Stick has to find his brother, or he will never feel whole again. In his search, he will encounter good people, bad people, and people who are simply indifferent to kids from the wrong side of the tracks. But he never loses hope of finding love – and his brother.

Expected Publication Date: October 11th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends

Why I Want to Read It: I really enjoyed Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens so I can’t wait to read his next novel!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Expected Publication Date: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press

Why I Want to Read It: Maggie. Stiefvater. Need I say more?

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Summary: Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.

Expected Publication Date: October 25th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Why I Want to Read It: It sounds too funny to pass up on. I got this ARC during BEA and I can’t wait to pick it up.

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Twice he began to frame a sentence, and twice his voice seemed to fail him. And she thought she understood. What could he possibly say to her now, when he was on the verge of leaving forever? Even something as simple as asking her to write to him carried a distinct sort of promise, the type of promise he was ten years and a half a world removed from being able to make.
- YS Lee, A Spy in the House


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