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The Death Cure

(The Maze Runner #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  360,891 ratings  ·  23,627 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.

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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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Wendy F
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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
Miranda Reads
Wait are you telling me that the government completely anticipated every last move and this was exactly what was meant to happen?


Between the all-knowing governments and coincidental memory loss, this book really lost my interest.

Everything is so freaking convenient .

The Maze Runner was intriguing.

The Scorch Trials went a little left-field.

This one is so far out of the ballpark that we are in the next county or possibly country.

The Main Pain : Character Stupidity

Example: Thomas an
Emily Rose
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
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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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 p
Sydney   LaForest
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
...okay I think I made my point. (:

CANNOT WAITTTT why do authors like to torture people! ;___;
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”They told us they’d found Immunes, and if we could just figure out why their brains don’t succumb to the virus, why then the whole world would be saved! While in the meantime, cities crumble; education, security, medicine for every other malady known to man, charity, humanitarian aid – the whole world goes to pot so WICKED can do whatever they want to do.”

Thankfully I read this book before COVID-19 took over the world because I think right now I wouldn’t be able to stomach dystopian science fic
Morgan Walsh
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
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Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-series
This shit HURT ME. I'm such an emotional mess right now ugh.


But all in all, I'd say I liked the movie version better. The movie was a lot more gripping.
Charlotte May
“I don’t think there is a right or wrong any more...only horrible and not quite so horrible.”

I have loved rereading this series!
We rejoin Thomas and the gang after the horrors of the Scorch. WICKED say the trials are almost over - but how can they believe anything they say?
Thomas, Brenda and Jorge become separated from the rest of the group as they break out from WICKED. They make their way to Denver, a city managing to function as normally as possible, while scanning all new occupants for t
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Meh. . . I don't know what happened but I loved the first book. Liked the second well enough and then I don't know. I'm glad some of my friends loved it though =) ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3), James Dashner

The Death Cure is a 2011 young adult dystopian science fiction novel written by American writer James Dashner and the third book published in the Maze Runner series. It is the last book in the series.
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After being held in solitary confinement, Thomas is eventually released by Janson ("Rat Man" in the prior novel), the assistant director of WICKED. Janson tells the Gladers (Group A) and Group B that most of their number are immune to t
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.


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 wo
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it

★★☆ 2.5 stars.

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

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Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Neil (or bleed)
May 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed

“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. Actually, WORST!

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

Let's 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 fo
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
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! :
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
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***3 stars***

Sadly, this book did little for me. It didn't answer any of my questions, left a lot unexplained and was also not eventful enough!? Rtc.

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
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
As a stand alone book it may have been 3 stars.

But this is the final book of a series so it should bring things to a close with a bang. This did not.

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As a whole, a
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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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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The Maze Runner (5 books)
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