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The Death Cure by James Dashner
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Jan 01, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012, dystopias, mystery-and-thrillers, ebook_nook, reviewed, science-fiction, made-my-eyes-bleed
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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, although I am sure many others didn't. The action, the confusion, the mistrust... all of that was great in the first two books, which had me chomping at the bit for the conclusion.

Well let me not keep you in suspense. It fell hard, like Wile E. Coyote right after he realizes he's been duped off a cliff... again. The resulting splat was flatter than a pancake.

The ONLY reason I'm giving this two stars and not an abysmal one star, is that it WAS still exciting to read, mostly, and I kept hoping against hope, as the remaining page count grew smaller and smaller, that there would be some redemption to this book, that the revelation at the end would knock me on my ass and leave me stunned and wondering just how I could not have seen it coming.

Alas, there was not and it did not.

This was just... fluff. Nothing but 325 pages of filler and then a fucking cop-out ending. This series should have been a slightly expanded duology. About 50 pages of this book should have been tacked onto The Scorch Trials along with a decent ending, and I'd have been thrilled. But this. Ugh. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't buy them.

The characters showed zero growth. Zero. And not only zero, but... negative. NEGATIVE GROWTH. OK, so... I'm going to assume that if you're reading this review, you've read at least through The Scorch Trials. So you know that Thomas, the main character, and his best friend Teresa, have 1) secrets about their past that tie into WICKED, meaning that they worked for WICKED and helped design the program and experiments, etc and 2) have had all of their memories of those secrets, their roles as mentioned above, and the rest of their pasts, wiped. They know their names, but other than that, they're basically operating on instinct and feelings. They've determined that WICKED has been experimenting on all of the Gladers in order to find a cure for a disease that is running rampant on Earth, turning people into raging, cannibalistic psychopaths.

So... No-Memory Thomas doesn't trust WICKED, and wants to get away from them and stop them from experimenting on people... 'Cause it's all mean and they lied and stuff. (Seriously, that's pretty much his reasoning.) Given the chance to get his memories back, to remember exactly what WICKED is, and what its goal is, HOW HE CAN STOP IT USING INSIDER INFORMATION THAT HE WOULD HAVE BECAUSE HE EFFING DESIGNED THE SHIT, he decides he doesn't want them back. "Nope. No thanks, I'm good," says he.

But OK. I can get the logic of not wanting people he mistrusted to muck around in his head anymore. OK. I can go with that. So... when a person he is willing to trust is given the OK to muck around in his head, he STILL DOESN'T WANT THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS MEMORIES.

Are you fucking KIDDING ME? >_<

I do not get the logic... and this is where this book started to abide by the laws of gravity, being no longer held up by the suspension of my disbelief. Oh, I disbelieved a LOT. Better believe it. If your whole goal is to figure out what's going on and stop it from happening to other people, and you're given a huge huge huge asset like the kind I just mentioned, you don't say, "Nah, I'm good. I'll just go it alone, in the dark, with a trail of breadcrumbs and a feeling." You take the fucking advantage and USE IT.

But then, my next question is, WHY is he so absolutely positive that WICKED isn't doing exactly what they say that they are doing? We do animal and human testing ALL THE TIME. If, theoretically, there was a virus or disease or whatever that affected peoples' minds, escalated in times of stress, I would WANT someone to try to find a way to stop it. Experimentation might be cruel, inhumane even, but if it helps in a big picture sense, is it not worth it? WICKED wasn't even able to complete a full round of experiments to see if they could do it.

Fucking illogical. Call me cold-blooded, but this shit is just a cop-out. It was like Dashner ran out of people he was willing to kill off, so just pulled the plug.

Ugh. UGH. I'm getting more and more pissed off the longer I type, so I'll make the rest of this short and sweet.

This book was a disappointment, a massive logic fail, and had a weak, unsatisfying cop-out ending. One hopes that with a handful of monkeys, writing for about a week, the resulting manuscript would contain a better resolution.

Yeah. Screw it. I'm giving it one star. I'm just mad. Wanna fight about it?
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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Outstanding, Becky. Outstanding.

Becky Stephen wrote: "Outstanding, Becky. Outstanding."

LOL, thanks! I was seriously disappointed by this one. I expected so, so much better. >:(

message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock What was the reasoning for him not having his memories restored by the trustworthy individual? I can understand if his refusal is more philosophical—that he doesn’t want to know the type of person he will become once he has those memories again.

Becky Ben wrote: "What was the reasoning for him not having his memories restored by the trustworthy individual? I can understand if his refusal is more philosophical—that he doesn’t want to know the type of person ..."

It wasn't that he didn't want to know the person he'd become, it was more that he didn't want to know what he had done. He didn't want to be accountable for his role, to take responsibility any further than to get as many people out of the situation as possible, and to do it blind. The other people who had their memories restored didn't change - they just had more information to go on.

It was just willful ignorance. At one point, one of his allies tried to give him what I can only imagine would have been incredibly useful information about a 3rd party (if it was what I think it was, and I think it was), and he PREVENTED her from saying it.

Just... Willful ignorance, that's all I can think of. Incredibly frustrating.

message 5: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock That’s a shame. :( Memory manipulation always fascinates me because of the consequences it has for one’s personality. It’s too bad the author chose a nonsensical route when there are perfectly good, plausible things to do with such a situation.

Trudi Outstanding review Becky. I was way too generous with my 3 stars .... waaaaay too generous. My love of the first two books influenced that, but you have convinced me to drop a star.

Becky Ben wrote: "That’s a shame. :( Memory manipulation always fascinates me because of the consequences it has for one’s personality. It’s too bad the author chose a nonsensical route when there are perfectly good..."

It is a shame. This had the potential to be a really awesome end to the series, but then it just... wasn't. There was action, and that made for a quick read, but it was empty. Not satisfyingly empty like a donut or a beer... Just emptiness.

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't even know what this series is, but I won't read it now.

And yes, yes I do want to fight about it.


Becky *tackles Ala*

message 10: by Jennifer (new) - added it

Jennifer Noooo... this makes me so sad. I have books one and two sitting in my to read pile at home. Maybe I'll just skip book three...

message 11: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Jennifer wrote: "Noooo... this makes me so sad. I have books one and two sitting in my to read pile at home. Maybe I'll just skip book three..."

I was pretty mad about it. It seemed like such a waste of paper! So much potential... wasted.

Stepheny This is the most perfect review for this book. I might even have to just cop out of my review and write "Here, read this" with a link to yours... I literally finished this book and shrugged my shoulders like- really? This is it?

message 13: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Lol thanks Stepheny!

Stepheny You're most welcome, Becky.

Did you read the Kill Order?

message 15: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Nope.

Stepheny Lol yeahhhhh. I'm on it now and not loving it at all. Haha

message 17: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Yeah, this book ruined the whole series for me.

Stepheny I can totally see that. Haha

Jasmine It took me a while to even write anything about this book. I was sad after so many fun ideas to see the ball get dropped in the last book.

Jasmine I finished the book and thought, "What was that?"

message 21: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky I finished the book and thought "I want my wasted time back."

Gerard Paul Nice reviewwwwwwwwwwwww, I don't even know how long it will take for me to move on, this series got me so attached till how it ended I was like, "I'm never reading any of your books again Dashner"

Hated the fact like there wasn't really much closure on how the series ended they just teleported to safe haven and started a new earth zzzzzz.

and for Teresa she didn't deserve that she utterly did not deserve that but I admired her ways of being Self-less until the end reminds of of "Tris" from the Divergent series.

and I don't even know what those people who are giving 5 stars reading.....

Jasmine Hah, I still haven't been able to finish the last book of the Divergent series. My feet are firmly planted at the halfway mark in the 3rd book; I can't will myself to finish it. And nothing I've read about the last book makes me want to suck it up and finish it.

message 24: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida this book, was totally a waste of time!
i HATE that book. that book, was the worst book, i have EVER read. i will NEVER read James Dashners books again, unless he goes back, makes one more book, that Teresa raises from the dead, and she and Tommy get back together . i regret reading those three books. it was a waste of time.....

message 25: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky LOL I thought that her death was the most realistic thing in this book. I couldn't care less about the 'romance' honestly, but I do agree that these books were a waste of time, though.

message 26: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star


message 27: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Many who die deserve to live...

Stepheny Becky wrote: "Many who die deserve to live..."

That's a LOTR quote, no? ;)

message 29: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Probably misquoted but yeah. :D

message 30: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida lol. :) yeah...

Stepheny Becky wrote: "Probably misquoted but yeah. :D"

you're not far off! I love that line. Gandalf- if I'm not mistaken! :)

Stepheny I had to find it-

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”

message 33: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida yeah! woohoo! i LOVE gandalf!
those books are totally worth reading! ;D
thanks for the quote. :)

Stepheny Ida wrote: "yeah! woohoo! i LOVE gandalf!
those books are totally worth reading! ;D
thanks for the quote. :)"

You're most welcome. :)

message 35: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida have you ever read the books?

message 36: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Lord of the rings? Many times.

message 37: by Ida (new) - rated it 1 star

Ida great. me too. :)

Jasmine I just watched the trailer for the Scorch Trials and all I could think was...gosh I hope they change this book.

Jasmine Just thinking about this book makes me want to not be so gracious with my rating. I actually lost my review and was so mad that I refused to rewrite anything. So protested and left it blank. Lol, for my own piece of mind.

message 40: by Elijah (new)

Elijah The Movie Will be way different don't worry man

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