Dystopian · review · young adult

The Death Cure – James Dashner

“It’s a very old axiom, but do you believe the end can justify the means? When there’s no choice left?”

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Blurb: “WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.”

Brief Note: I am aware of certain allegations and I addressed these in a blog post. That is the last I will say on it

The Death Cure is, admittedly, a book that I’ve abandoned in the past. So when I came to the decision to revisit this series, I knew that the best way to go about it was to read all of the books back to back (hence why you’re receiving an onslaught of Maze Runner content, sorry).

For the past two books, the questions and tension have continued to grow to an unbearable level and, in this final part, finally explode with epic action and many instances that may cause readers to throw the book across the room in fear. There are a lot of moments where finally getting those well-needed answers left me just wishing I’d never found out the truth.

The question of Wicked being good once again comes to the forefront as the characters continue to learn more about the world and how much power this corporation actually holds. It creates an interesting grey area as more facts about the epidemic begin to emerge and I just love complex aspects that can be unpacked; I guess it’s one of the reasons that I find Teresa interesting and irritating in equal measure.

I found it fascinating seeing more of the world just outside Wicked’s front door and how the group seem to turn a blind eye to all the people needing their help and how the city tossed the infected out to a place full of cranks known as “the crank palace.” (Which is definitely a place I would do my best to avoid!)

I adore the focus on friendships in this series and how close the characters become despite the horrible situation they’ve been forced into. My personal favourites are Minho and Thomas – how they work together to lead the others but never fight to be the one leading – and Thomas and Newt – where you get the real sense of “I would do anything for this person.”

Thomas is unlike most protagonists I’ve come across in YA dystopian because he is flawed: the first time he kills someone really stays with him and every person he loses because of his bad decision continues to weigh him down. He is very much aware that his friends are blindly following him unaware that he has no real plan or idea where he’s taking them. His narrative is heart-breaking to read at times when he reminisces on his choices and looks at what his possible future might be. The reader is really able to feel-and connect to the pain- in a lot of ways that other books in this genre seem to miss the mark with.

Overall, I think I actually prefer the films to the books (I know that I sacrilege as a book blogger). I just feel that the ideas outweigh the execution and that the adaptations – while going very much off course of the source material – take the story in a much better direction.

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2 thoughts on “The Death Cure – James Dashner

    1. Thanks for reading! Yeah the films kind of take on their own path (exception being the first one which are very similar) and normally I hate that but the relationship dynamics are different in both the original material and the adaptation so It’s nice to see the different sides!

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