Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA fiction, dystopian fiction, science fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Kindle copy from my husband’s Kindle library
First line: It was the smell that began to drive Thomas slightly mad.

This review will not contain spoilers for The Death Cure, but may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials.

Thomas has endured the Maze. He has survived the Scorch. He is now faced with the ultimate decision – does he trust WICKED and go along with their plans? Are they “good,” as Teresa keeps saying they are? Can he even trust Teresa? And will he ever understand the full extent of his involvement in the Trials?

I know that’s not much of a plot synopsis, but, trust me, you don’t want this spoiled for you. Part of the genius of this series is the way Dashner doles out information, bit by bit, allowing the reader to attempt to put the pieces together for him- or herself.

Honestly, I had my doubts about this book. I wasn’t sure if Dashner would be able to wrap it up to my satisfaction, but he did. I finished reading the book aloud to my boys this morning, and during the last two chapters, I simply couldn’t read fast enough, stumbling over the words as Noah tapped his toe nervously and he and Jonathan and Josiah hung on my every word. We were all very happy with the way it ended, the way things were wrapped up – except for one plot point toward the end that it may take me years to forgive Dashner for, even if I understand his reason for going in that direction.

Did every single loose end get tied up in a neat little bow? No, and I think that is the basis of some of the dissatisfaction I’m seeing on the book’s Goodreads page. Do I understand why the subjects were sent through the Maze and the Scorch, what WICKED was trying to accomplish? Yes, absolutely. Do I know if WICKED is good or not? Well, I won’t spoil anything, except to say that good and evil are black and white, and the world is made up of grey areas.

I also think that Dashner will wrap up even more of those loose ends and answer a couple of my unanswered questions when the prequel, The Kill Order comes out this summer. The boys and I just might be ready for another roller-coaster read-aloud by then.

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2 Responses to Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’ve been standing over here in the corner, just watching you all read this series and trying to decide whether I want to make the investment. I’d actually love to find them on audio, but the last time I looked, my library didn’t have it. Your enthusiasm is really infectious.