Saturday, March 24, 2012

Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Maze Runner #3
Pages: 325
Date Published: October 11, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: 3/5

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 (from Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure where this book was going to go, and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is exciting and pretty hard to put down. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. My one problem: I couldn't tell who was reliable and who was not. At one point I was convinced everyone was just making the entire situation up... pretty frustrating!  My other problem: I did not feel any connection with any of the characters. Part of me wants to believe that it is because I have not read the first two books in a while (6 months I think?) and while I loved the first book... the second one didn't find my appreciation quite so much. But I believe it also has to do with the little background we get on the characters (obviously, due to the mind wipe).

In Short, The Good:

  • Action! Adventure!
  • Answers to Questions (well some of them)
  • Zombies
  • Minho (I've just always liked him =] )
  • Cool Slang

In Short, The Bad:

  • Characters = Blah (don't really care for them)
  • Unreliability of Everyone
  • Occasionally Confusing


  1. Hah! All you had to do was say zombies at the beginning of your review and I'd be all over this! I'm sorry that it was confusing - that can sometimes be a good thing if it serves a purpose, but in general I like to know where I stand with characters too.
    Great review, Zoe.

  2. I loved The Maze Runner, am dying to read The Scorch Trials and now - even with your reservations - can't wait for this. Roll it on!

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  4. I didn't know this series until I saw the cover of The Death Cure on Goodreads last month! This book and the series sounds really interesting!

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