Author: James Dashner
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?
Ok I'm going to warn for spoilers for the other two books because I'm not sure I can keep it spoiler free for them!
I have loved this series forever. The characters are great especially Thomas the main character. The plot is tense and complex. And the settings are each unique and interesting definitely adding to the plot. So when I started The Death Cure I was scared! What if I didn't like it? What if it didn't hold up to the rest of the books? What if I was disappointed? I didn't need to worry! It was great!
Once again James Dashner added a new depth to the book by putting Thomas and the rest of the Gladers into a new setting and new situation. I love how each book is in a new place that they have to learn to navigate and work through. They never get to feel comfortable and settled. This keeps the tension level high! At one point during The Death Cure I so felt for Thomas just because he was never able to let his guard down for one second. He always had to be paying attention and questioning all that he saw. It made me tired! But at the same time anytime Thomas trust someone or something I was kinda shouting at him not too! I kept thinking no no no don't trust anyone. See how Dashner writing pulled me into the story too!
Ok about the plot - This one is focused more on Thomas and the Gladers left figuring out how to fight WICKED. Some don't want to - they just want to be done, but of course Thomas refuses to believe in anything they say. We're told many times WICKED is good, but can that be trusted? This puts Thomas on the run. And it's cool because finally he gets to "civilization" in Denver. I loved seeing what our world was like now in the setting of the book. Dashner did a great job creating a world that was afraid, broken and dark. While on the run the tension fantastic right up to the end. Never once did the story slow down to the point of boring me nor was it so intense it because almost unreal. I just wanted to know what would happen next!
Did I like how the series ended? Yes! I thought the ended was great. It wrapped up things, but at the same time left things open. It was hopeful when a lot of this book hadn't been. I felt that Dashner kind of brought the story full circle but didn't close it completely. We know the Gladers and Thomas are still out there living, but happier now.
Sidenote: Theresa isn't in this book much, and I for one was happier about that. She was my least favorite character!!
For the Guys? YES! How could it not be with a fantastic main character like Thomas and a plot that grabs you and never lets go?
Final Thought: Loved the series. Loved how this book ended it. Loved it all.
Best stick-with-you image: When they saw the guy eating something while in Denver. Yuck!
Best for readers who: Like action, tension and never knowing who to trust
Best for ages: 12+