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The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  188,412 ratings  ·  16,252 reviews
It’s the end of the line.

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.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth w
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Wendy F
Well, that was a major disappointment.

Was it just me or did it feel like the author had absolutely no idea where to go with this story? I still feel like 90% of the book was left unexplained. And for me it was completely a cop out (view spoiler). I'm not even going to bother listing all the questions I still have, because they're n
Emily Rose
GAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I just read the synopsis on B&N's website and it sounds totally EPIC! Cannot wait!


5th most popular book this month... Alright Dashner!!!

DANG I actually did not fancy this book at all.
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Morgan Walsh
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Sydney →☺
...okay I think I made my point. (:

CANNOT WAITTTT why do authors like to torture people! ;___;
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Natalie Monroe
1.5 stars

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

NO. No, I do not. Especially when the end, which in this case is the supposed resolution of 900+ pages' worth of suspense and mystery, ultimately ends up being bullshit. There is no explanation for anything and what little there is turns out to be the biggest fuckfest I have ever had the misfortune to read.

The Maze Runner trilogy started off with so much potential. Yes, there were par
Rated: 1 to 1.5 stars

Ever since I picked up the first book in this series, I've thought to myself: This book is only good if the ending is good. Turns out it was... nothing surprising and lacks substance.

Major complaints:
-The author did not explain WHY they need to put all these subjects through all these Variables. Only a very loose and generic rationale was provided. It just seems like a very poor excuse on the author's part to throw in some action and bloodbath into the series. There is absol
Things Dashner does well:
Storytelling. Making up this world and coming up with all the plot twists are well done; he's a very talented tale spinner. He's great at creating suspense, making the next plot twist come at the right moment, and making you want to go on to the next chapter. A lab-created zombie virus and an overzealous world organization with too much power: fantastic ideas. Some of the plot twists and answers I questioned, but overall it was a fast-paced tale that easily drew me in.

I honestly expected much more than this. It was utterly mediocre from the beginning to the unsatisfying ending. This series started off so good with the first book being amazing, but then the books kept deteriorating.

Loving certain characters and then having them getting on your nerves is more annoying than I had ever imagined. Most characters of this book, even those I liked in the first and second one, now I just found plain annoying. Well, for starters, I find it annoying that they didn't eve
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2.5 stars.

Not bad but I expected sooo much more of the 'grand finale'...

May 18, 2012 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle school kids
1.5 stars

First, to clarify. This isn't an angry one star. I just have lost most of my patience when it comes to all of this series's flaws.

As many people have noted, the Maze Runner trilogy is a bit... mysterious. Throughout the first two books, a lot of stuff happens with little to no explanation. I knew going into The Death Cure that the only way I would like this book was if it finally gave me the answers I was looking for.

Well, as you can see from my rating, it didn't.

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Kate ♡
Another series finished for this year, #winning

The Death Cure

Ummm, where to begin?
This series was such a fast paced, roller coaster filled with amazing twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, and short of breath most of the time! haha

I loved that the chapters were short and generally left on cliff-hangers!

I think the first book is still my favourite, but the action in all 3 books never lacked, amazing series, and I highly recommend it! Even if you're kind of resistant like I was! :
Oct 12, 2011 Kath rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: good
REVIEW UPDATED! read after the second line break.
"Teresa. Why did it have to end that way?" -- Thomas, (Chapter 52, The Scorch Trial)
"No. I kind of accepted it, in a way. That saving you was worth losing what we might’ve had." -- Teresa, (chapter 56, The Scorch Trial)

I had a hard time getting into The Maze Runner. Despite the good plot and characters, it wasn't that enticing. I got hooked probably

The Maze Runner was the first survival-dystopian book I've ever read and I can't express the pulse-pounding rush I get from this series and what brought other book of this genre come to life in my world.
The Hunger Games, Divergent, all started with James Dashner and I'll forever be grateful for his ingenious story telling that is 100% pure adrenaline. It ignited a passion in me that will forever be craved.

The Death Cure is the finally conclusion to this heart-stopping wor
Mar 23, 2012 Sita rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
This trilogy ended horribly. It was like the author just found anything he could to wrap up each storyline. The whole trilogy wasn't great to begin with, but I trudged on. Book one got decent about halfway through, book two was alright, but book three was terrible.

Honestly, I hope that someone gives the author some serious lessons in writing female characters and making male and female associations believable as throughout one of the biggest problems was his main characters relationships with hi

This was such a disappointment. It pains me to say that. It really, really does, because I loved the first two books, and thought that this series had huge potential. I was so excited to read this book, to find out what was going on... And then this? This is just... it?

So. Frustrating.

I just don't even know where to start. I thought that the concept of this series was fascinating. The mysteriousness, the everyone starts at One and figures it out as we go thing was great - I loved it, alt

¿El fin justifica los medios?

¿CRUEL es bueno?

El tan esperado final de la aclamada saga de EL Corredor del Laberinto me ha dejado con más preguntas que respuestas, debo decir que fue un libro emocionante, lleno de suspenso y acción, durante gran parte del libro me preguntaba si todo era otra maquinación más de CRUEL, una prueba más, me quedo la incógnita de cuanto estuvo bajo su control, hay momentos muy tristes y otros que me parecieron algo de relleno, el final no me agrado mucho, pero la saga
Neil (or bleed)

“As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.”

Yeah, WICKED is good. But this book is BAD.

Ridiculous plot. Bad ending/closure. Stupid main character. Unnecessary deaths. Emotionless. Ladies and gentlemen, The Death Cure.

Lets be honest here. I am so curious about this trilogy because well, I find it interesting in the first place, but I end up being disappointed and frustrated. After The Maze Runner, the sequels went down drastically. I found the plot appallin
This review has spoilers so heads up.

The series was a fun read (until the end when you realize you've been had). Obviously it is non-stop action from start to finish and James Dashner does a great job of that. I also really liked that the author doesn't shy away from violence which can sometimes take away from a teen book.

HOWEVER, all of the above is pointless if the author doesn't EXPLAIN ANYTHING! Did you hope to find out what Thomas' memories were? Too bad. Did you want to know why Thomas, T
Have you ever experienced something spectacular, only to look back on it and think "wait a second... why did I like that so much?" That roller coaster or spicy Thai food you loved but then caused you to suffer serious stomach aches? That's how I feel about The Death Cure and the Maze Runner series.

Just like the first two books in the series The Death Cure delivers a fast-paced story filled with adrenaline-inducing action sequences and thrilling twists. While Dashner's writing isn't beautiful, i

He tenido que releer el libro para darme cuenta de lo loca que estuve al darle 4 estrellas. Es que hubieron tantas cosas mal, muy mal. Nunca podré perdonarle a James lo que hizo con el final de su serie.

Quedaron demasiados cabos sueltos. No puedo creer que todas las preguntas que me planteé durante toda la lectura quedaran sin respuesta. Ava Paige no sé de dónde salió. Estuvo en el final de cada libro, pero sólo con sus informes de Malvado. Yo pensaba que iba a conocer finalmente qué se traía e
Really??!! *sigh* Wasn't expecting that conclusion at all.

Initial thoughts:
1. Very good start of The Death Cure. The first 100-150 pages was excellent! From there, the plot and characters start to fall apart for me. I felt I was being stalled/distracted from the main plot.
2. Sure the time for lies is over, but when do we find out the truth? Opportunities for our main character to understand the whole truth is missed, and I'm disappointed he doesn't step up to the plate.
3. What happened to the ch
Mike (the Paladin)
I finished this book a few nights ago. Had I reviewed it then my negativity would have been much more emphatic.


So why as high as a 2 if I'm very disappointed in the book? It/they does/do tie their plot line up...mostly. There are times in each book (the first two more than the third) where they are in
Duchess Nicole
Expect the unexpected, people! There is a reason that this series has such rabid fans. In a literary world filled with sunshine and rainbows, happy endings and kisses in the moonlight, welcome to James Dashner's world!!!

And while most of my friends know, those happy endings are what I LIVE for, I've got to admit that Dashner did it right. It's obvious that he had a vision for this series, for Tommy and the Gladers, and hell...the WORLD! And even though he took some winding, twisty, crazy roads
Maria Snyder
Over the top action, explosions, deaths - it was hard to care after a while and after 3 books of it, it was too much. I was going to take a break between books, but just wanted to finish it. I would have liked to see Thomas and his friends discover more about Wicked and learn what was going on with the trials for Wicked instead of being told everything. And the ending...meh. If you've come this far, then you need to finish the series, but compared to book 1, which was amazing, this is a laundry ...more
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Okay... I can't tell if i loved this series or hated it! I thought the writing was really good.


The ending WHAT THE F NO!

That totally ruined it for me.
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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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