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The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three) (The Maze Runner Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Praise for James Dashner and the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.” —EW.com
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced . . . but smart and well observed.” —Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.” —Seventeen.com
“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly
“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times
“Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News
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About the Author
James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.
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Is anything real? I love how this series gets me questioning every single thing I read. I got to the point where I thought, if it's written down, it must be a trick. I had to remind myself that not everything could be a trick, and that some things had to be real. But which things? It was perpetual. Something like I imagine was happening in the minds of the characters.
Memories are being returned to the survivors so they can finish the trials and find the cure. Thomas is terrified of what else he might remember. He didn't want to know what he had done before the start of the trials. He already knew that WICKED shouldn't be trusted. Finally, he escapes WICKED with a small band of other munies and they flee to the city of Denver, which has resisted the spread of the Flare. They believe that the other survivors, including Theresa, have also escaped and found their way to the city.
In Denver, munies (those immune to the Flare) held jobs that others couldn't do, but they were deeply resented by most of the population who weren't immune. After their arrival, Thomas is approached and offered a lifeline by an underground operation called The Right Arm. It’s an operation that includes a blast from his past, Gally from The Glade.
We also learn that Denver is the one place where there is someone who can remove the tracking device that has been implanted into Thomas’s head. Of course, in the meantime, the crazy Ratman can track him, and tries to convince him to return to WICKED and complete the final stage of the trials. Naturally, Thomas resists. As the story unfolds Thomas and his fellow munies join forces with The Right Arm and set plans in place to defeat WICKED once and for all.
Then, on February 13, 2015, I was on about page 200, when a post from James Dashner landed in my Facebook feed. It mentioned something about page 250. The post was littered with comments from readers that spilled forth information that I didn't need to know. The timing was dreadful, so I replied to Mr Dashner with my feelings. I got no reply, of course, but at least I got to vent my disapproval. What a spoiler at the worst possible time!
WICKED may have started off with the good of the world in its sights. But over time it morphed into something that was just as damaging as the problem it tried to solve. The lesson here is that good intentions aren't a license to do whatever you want. WICKED’s driving ambition had been running blind and it failed to stop and take a sanity check. Janson (Ratman) had lost all sense of right and wrong. But luckily there was a light in the darkness that left a thread of hope for a future.
Finally, there was an escape, but not a cure. The world was left to self destruct while the lucky few could start afresh. It was hardly a happy ending, but perhaps the only one that was plausible.
<b>In a Nutshell</b>
I can see why this series has a huge and faithful fan base, and I'm glad to call myself one of them. Recommended for readers who enjoy action filled with twists, tricks and lies, and relish the uncertainty of not knowing what to believe as they read.
You do find out pretty early on that the reasoning behind these odd experiments is to help find a cure for the Flare disease, but I kept reading along, hoping more revelations would surface, but nope, just mapping brains under bizarre, hard-to-believe circumstances. And that's where the series really fails. The plot is just too unbelievable that I just kind of thought 'huh' at the end.
-We're supposed to believe that solar flares wipe out a good chunk of humanity (okay, believable).
-The world governments come together to help preserve humanity (sort of believable, maybe Obama, Putin, and Kim Jong-un can finally be pals).
-This mega-government entity purposely releases a highly contagious, incurable, man-made disease called The Flare for population control (huh? why is population control necessary when much of humanity has been wiped out? And can't they foresee the disease getting out of control since it is INCURABLE and HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS??? It's not gonna go away and hide by itself )
-This moronic world government realizes it can't control the disease and creates an organization with the creepy name WICKED to create a cure for it. ( Now I'm just getting lost)
-Even though humanity is being decimated, it has somehow evolved leaps and bounds technologically during this time and is able to create artificial life in the guise of monstrous hybrid creatures with sharp claws and lightbulbs sticking out of them that were seemingly designed in a Weta Worshop. Also we have discovered how to control people's minds and communicate telepathically. (But all of this is explained because WICKED has lots of money, riiiiight. Why not just create artificial food if the world population is suddenly so hard to manage)
-WICKED wastes even more money by constructing not one, but two huge mazes with their own artificial environments and fat Griever monsters to map kids' brains that are immune to the Flare (rather than just simulating these experiments in a safer, dream-type of environment while they sleep and map their brain patterns in a more humane way. I'm pretty sure WICKED would have the capability to do that)
-ALL OF THIS IS FOR NOTHING!!! All of the kids getting hacked up by grievers, being shot, mind-controlled, smashed by falling walls, with all of their blueprint brain data gathered all of this time, their sacrifices justified for the sake of the survival of the human race, and the cure on the verge of being discovered with Thomas' brain tissue. NOPE. The leader of WICKED, Chancellor Ava Paige, mocks these kids sacrifices and suddenly develops a 'conscience' and lets Thomas live and escape with the other immunes. (Sorry humanity, NO CURE FOR YOU! Even though we wasted all of your tax dollars making these elaborate experiments)
Characterization: these kids are supposedly geniuses!! Yet they display no above-average intelligence whatsoever.
Minho - Hot-headed! The best solution is to punch things! Runs fast!
Teresa - Gets her memories restored. Reveals nothing relevant or useful afterwards. Thomas' GF?
Brenda - Thomas' GF? Touches Thomas uncontrollably after they meet. Must pretend she is sad that Teresa is flattened by rubble.
Jorge - Hermanos, Hermanas, Muchachos, Muchachas, Hermanos, Hermanas, Muchachos, Muchachas. (Okay, he knows how to operate aircrafts)
Newt - Gives Thomas one of the most anti-climactic secret notes in literary history. Just kill yourself, Newt! You already tried it once by trying to jump off the Wall. Why pin all the guilt on Thomas and make him shoot you???
Thomas - Really disliked this guy by the end of the book. He spends the entire series trying to recall his lost memories, and when he's finally given the chance to have them restored, he's too cowardly to want to remember them. He knows the group is being manipulated by WICKED, yet never forgives Teresa for having to obey WICKED to save his life. He dumps her for Brenda, a WICKED employee who Thomas notices knows her way around the headquarters suspiciously well and is revealed at the end as still manipulating Thomas. C'mon, man, you were named after Thomas Edison, can't you deduce that she's been playing you? Then in the one moment where Thomas can demonstrate his courage to save humanity by sacrificing himself (his brain) for the greater good and THE CURE, and perhaps salvaging a bad plot, he's too selfish and helps the rebels blow up the facility. By the end, he's just tired, doesn't care about the rest of humanity, is just fine with letting them die off and fend for themselves, and relax in his little paradise with Brenda.
Chancellor Ava Paige (queen of office memos) - Haha! I wasted all of the government's money on cool-looking sci-fi experiments and was the cause of shedding hundreds of young kids' blood! Oh wait, I changed my mind. Lets just take the easy way out and put the 200 immunes in a little paradise land and let them reproduce, screw the rest of humanity! Let them go insane and eat each other.