Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Yes, another book review. I apologize if these types of blog posts are not as riveting as some of my others, but I still believe giving an honest opinion of a novel is important to any individual who decides to read a book I myself have read.

The Death Cure is the third text in James Dashner’s Maze Runner series. The novel follows Thomas and his fellow Gladers (persons he encountered in the Maze) as they continue to defy and oppose the organization WICKED, a government operated corporation that yearns to develop a cure to a disease that has plagued the world called The Flare. While at a first glance it may appear as though WICKED has good intentions, it quickly becomes apparent that they are willing sacrifice any person in order to develop such cure.

Thomas, Minho and Brenda are arguably the main characters in this text, with their fellow friend Newt being a predominant character as well. It is unveiled despite their understanding, Newt is not immune to the Flare though his friends are. This becomes a significant theme within the text and displays the complicated dynamic that arises within their friendship.

The majority of the novel is situated within Denver, where the group travels to in order to escape WICKED and to seek sanction from The Flare. They quickly learn their hopes are inaccurate, however, as WICKED quickly tracks Thomas down and manipulates him into returning to the grasp of WICKED.

I failed to enjoy this text as much as I did the first two in Dashner’s series, to be honest. Several characters are not active in The Death Cure that were significant components of the first two texts, and I found this disappointing. The characters Dasher removed from this text tremendously reduce the overall theme of friendship within his series, and he lacks to mention Teresa, a character that has been a vast force in Thomas’ life since the first book.

I would still recommend reading this book if you have read the others in the series, though it falls short of its counterparts.

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