- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press; Later Printing edition (January 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385738781
- ISBN-13: 978-0385738781
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,583 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three) Paperback – January 8, 2013
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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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I had a two-sided experience with reading this book. On one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure Dashner takes us on. I loved the picture he paints of how biological warfare could lead to the crumble of society as we know it. The fictional, yet realistic take on what the future of earth could hold thrilled me. The world Dashner describes resembles what we see around us today, only with an eerie twist. On the other hand, I felt that the dialogue was slow and a bit sticky. I would recommend devouring this book at a fast pace, enabling you to speed through the sometimes-stale dialogue and enjoy the plot. I would definitely recommend this book for young adult readers but perhaps not any higher reading level.
-Brenda is an annoying character...because the way her relationship with Thomas develops is very forced. They do not have the connection he and Teresa had. He and Teresa belonged together for better or for worse--the author showed us this through how Thomas felt he was cheating on Teresa with Brenda...
-Terwsa forgave Thomas for not waking up to find her when she called out to him during the dorm raid. Chuck had no real reason for being killed (when wicked couldve simulated his death as they did with the hanging bodies). Teresa did not deserve to die. Thonas couldve trusted her if hed bothered to regain his memory. He doesnt care enough when she is crushed....he leaves her to die alone and goes off to make out with Brenda...totally unbelievable. He trusts and forgives Brenda freely but never lets Teresa in. We never learn what Teresa got back from her memories...but we learn that it would not have altered Thomas to regain his. Yet he never does. Brenda gets everything she wants in the end but Teresa dies alone. Thomas becomes a complete and total narcissist...a coldblooded killer who is a disgrace to the sacrifices made for him.
-Teresa and Thomas are important in the 1st book. The second book their relationship gets weird. Then in the last book Thomas is up Brenda's butt for nonreal reason. Teresa deserved to live at the end more than Thomas did.
Some of you may be wondering, if you hate it so much, why give it 2 stars? Well, first of all, the dude finished writing a trilogy, so A for effort. And, despite all its flaws, I can kind of see why others would like it. So, I'm giving it 2 stars. Though, I reserve the right to change my mind later.
I'll try and leave these spoilers as vague as possible in case someone does some accidental scrolling. BUT OH MY GAWD. Why are the characters soooo flippin' dumb when they're supposed to be some sort of geniuses?!?! I wanted to scream at some of the decisions that the main character made (and not in the fun scary movie "don't go down into the basement!" kind of way. At least in scary movies, you can just assume that the characters are not too bright or are too traumatized to make a good decision. In this book, you know that the kids are supposed to be geniuses who were groomed for this task. So what the heck?! Why the stupid decisions that make absolutely no sense?!?!?!).
Also, the reason they were put through the maze... I don't even have words. I challenge anyone to try and convince me that it makes sense in any way. The science of it all is completely nonsensical, even if you give the author a lot of leeway. I think this author should just give up on writing any book that involves any sort of science. Unless it's just to report some basic fact like "the Earth is round."
And, lastly, the female characters in the book. What. The. Heck. There are basically 3 main females. The first one, of course, is somehow romantically linked to the main character and vacillates from either being completely useless or ruining everything. The second one is supposed to be some great fighter or something, but what's one of the first things she does? She comes on to the main character and is all "come hither, you sexy beast." (well, not in those words exactly, but she might as well have said that). And the third female is that head scientist lady, who, seriously, has got to be the stupidest scientist ever. Actually, I don't even know if she was really a scientist. She was so dumb. No, I've decided she couldn't have been a real scientist. She was just a super manipulative person who ruined people's lives because of some less-than-flimsy theory. And the lesson you learn at the end of the series? No female can be trusted. They are duplicitous she-devils who are just out to manipulate every situation. I would've liked the book much better if they had just left out all the female characters.
Oh! and one more obnoxious thing in the book. What was up with the character Jorge and his constant use of the words "muchacho" and "hermano?" It just seemed so awkwardly forced and very cliché. If you're going to make a character be bilingual, don't fall back on stereotypes from 30 years ago.
In summary... I don't recommend this book. Read it if you want. If you end up not liking it, don't say I didn't warn you. If you liked it, well, let's just take comfort in the fact that we will never have to be friends.