Monday, February 24, 2014

Review - The Death Cure by James Dashner

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 foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.

Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
I'm sure The Death Cure by James Dashner picks up right where The Scorch Trials leaves off, but I read these books all so fast and in succession that they kind of run together for me.

Again... I found myself trying to predict what was going to happen but falling utterly short. MAYBE Rat Man just told them some of these things to see what their reaction would be. NOT because they were actually true. Right?

Ha. Ha. Ha.

That was the author laughing at me. Again.

Thomas and company have escaped from WICKED's facilities only to find themselves in worse shape than when they left. They're in a city where everyone has the Flare. And if you don't, if you're immune like Thomas and his friends are, there are bounty hunters out looking for you. Not to mention WICKED is still on their tails trying to complete their "blueprint" so they can finally find a cure for The Flare.

I've browsed through reviews on Goodreads and it seems that there is no middle ground when it comes to this book. Either you REALLY liked it or you hated it completely. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

This one was definitely sad. We lose Newt to the Flare and Teresa because she saved Thomas. I have to be honest, after Teresa betrayed Thomas I harbored no love for her, but she redeemed herself there in the end. But what a horrible way to go. Newt, was the one I was hoping was not REALLY going to die, but was just told he had The Flare to see how he reacted to it. Like I said, I fail miserably at trying to predict ANYTHING in this book.

Gally makes another appearance here. Surprise surprise. I'm not really sure what purpose he played other than to guide Thomas, Minho etc, to the resistance who were trying to take over WICKED.

Ah, a resistance. I was hoping for righteous anger. For people who were going to take over WICKED and use the knowledge that WICKED had gained (however horribly) to FINALLY develop some kind of vaccine or treatment for this killer disease. But NO. Dangit. It was revenge they were after really, and rightly so. But disappointing still.

I liked this book. I wasn't AS in to it as the other three, although it was still a good read. I was hoping for everything to kind of tie together there at the end, but, true to form (at least for this particular series), nothing is as it seems. Ever. Just because you get an answer doesn't mean it's the right one or the one that you were supposed to have. Just because it ends for you doesn't mean it's ending for anyone else. Just because it LOOKS like someone is going to help you, doesn't mean they really are.


If you've read through book two, you have to finish the series out. I mean, seriously. How can you just leave it at two? You've come this far. Go on.... read book three.

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