Release Date: October 11th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: Maze Runner #3
Cover: It’s awesome. It’s a place in the book. But the contents inside of the cover? Not so much.
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 feel I am being generous in giving this book three stars. There’s no denying that Mr. Dashner is one heck of a writer and he certainly knows how to weave a tale, but WOW. This was a disappointing read. And I’m kind of mad because I had a piece of my heart invested in this series and I never did get it back. Upon finishing this book my brain came to a screeching halt, and I don’t think it’s started up again since then. That was three days ago. Obviously the basic functions are working, but the part of me that thinks and feels is just dead. DEAD. I am one for theatrics.
Let me tell you about The Maze Runner. That was one of the best books I have read in years. Years! And then there was The Death Cure. That book was a bit of a letdown, but it was still good. This one on the other hand? Bah! Garbage. This was not how this series was supposed to end. It’s not how I envisioned it ending and I have blocked it out from my mind. I refuse to think about it again, even while I am writing this review. It’s gone and that’s where it stays.
So as far as I am concerned, this series is unfinished. And it will always remain unfinished. Maybe Mr. Dashner will put all the copies of this book in a shed and then blow it up. Or douse them all in human blood and feed them to the city of cranks. Because that is what he should do. He needs to start over. I think very few people will enjoy the ending to this book. For a series that started off with such a bang (and also such originality), it sure had a crappy, generic ending. I don’t even want to talk about the other stuff that I normally include in my reviews. Because it doesn’t matter. The ending ruined EVERYTHING.
But if you must know, the characters are still lovable and the same as they always were, the settings are still mind-blowingly fabulous, and the writing is still stellar. The character development could still use work and the writing rocked. But none of that concerns me and it shouldn’t concern you. Because the plot was sucktacular. The end.
Final Note: Disappointing. I guess you have to read it if you want to finish the series, but I don’t feel one iota of closure.