The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
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The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  97,210 ratings  ·  9,129 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...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)
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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...more
Morgan Walsh
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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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Sydney →☺
...okay I think I made my point. (:

CANNOT WAITTTT why do authors like to torture people! ;___;
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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...more
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.

hmm.. where to begin...

First, the title: The Death Cure. A little misleading perhaps? I THINK SO!! There's NO cure. There's not even hope for a cure! Let's just all give up on our ridiculous plan to save the world that ended up having NO medical support at all! La de dah de dah!! The death cure my foot.

Second, this book really got me thinking.... why the heck is Thomas the almighty one? I don't know how old he is, but I'm just going to go out on a limb and guess 16ish... Okay, so stick with me o...more
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"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...more
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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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...more
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...more
Michelle Lee
Apr 28, 2011 Michelle Lee marked it as to-read
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Synopsis :

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...more
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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...more
As a whole, this series didn't do it for me at all. The plot just speeds ahead without waiting to let anything of substance develop. All plot, all the time does not a satisfying series make. Plus, I know the whole point was that by throwing variables at the Gladers, they could analyze their mental patterns and use their reactions to map a cure to the Flare, but honestly, I think Dashner was just throwing stuff he thought would be creepy and cool out, without any real thought about how any of it...more
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
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...more

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...more

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...more
Now that everyone knows that I hated the book I'll say this first: I loved the Maze Runner and Scorch Trails was okay but this, THIS was an all time low for James Dashner.
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Literally so excited for book to come out!

I instantly liked Teresa from the moment she woke up. And i'm sort of in love with Minho (: haha, i just love his personality. And Newt too. As for Thomas, i think he is a great character as well.
I love that Thomas and Teresa have an amazing friendship, on top of having something more for each other. But even I was hurt after what Teresa did to Thomas. But honestly, she was right. Betraying him was better than loosing him when it came down to it. I thi...more
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...more
I'm so excited that this book has finally released after waiting all that time for it and the wait was most definitely worth it. This book contained action from beginning to end; there was honestly no pause longer than a page or two from the action. I read this in two days and it took all of my will power to put it down throughout this time because there was just never a good place to stop. My favorite character died (won't tell you who) and it provoked some teary eyes, I must say. Two pretty si...more
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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...more

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...more
Rick Fisher
Mar 28, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Wow...what a colossal waste of time. After finishing this, the third in James Dashner's The Maze Runner trilogy, I have revised my earlier three star ratings on the first two in the series to match the two stars I have given to The Death Cure.
This being only my second YA dystopian series, I had high hopes. (The first being Suzanne Collins impeccable Hunger Games trilogy.) None of which came to fruition. By the end of this novel, I no longer cared for any of the characters or their survival.
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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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