The Death Cure

The Death Cure

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Don't miss book three in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, now a major motion picture starring Dylan O'Brien!

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends--the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

The first two books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials , are also #1 worldwide blockbuster movies featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf , Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster!

Also look for The Fever Code , the much-buzzed-about series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built, and James Dashner's other bestselling series, the Mortality Doctrine : The Eye of Minds , The Rule of Thoughts , and The Game of Lives .

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

"Wonderful action writing-- fast-paced . . . but smart and well observed." -- Newsday

"[A ] nail-biting must-read." -- Seventeen

"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
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385738774
9780385738781
Branch Call Number: Y DAS
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm

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maharshi_m2005
Mar 12, 2021

In this sequel to the Scorch Trials, Thomas is on the final stretch to complete all the obstacles that WICKED throws at him. Thomas is told by WICKED that this would be their last test. But Thomas remembers all the lies from his past and knows that he cannot trust WICKED. WICKED has taken Thomas's life and memories away from him. But can he save his friends? In the Death Cure, Thomas and his fellow Gladers go on a wild roller coaster to attempt to defeat the last obstacle. This book was interesting due to the adventurous plot and the character development throughout the story as Thomas and his friends continue to learn more about WICKED. Overall, the Death Cure was an adventurous and suspenseful book, making it a great read.

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Shreeya_Amin
Jan 19, 2021

The Death Cure is the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It begins with Janson who works for WICKD offering the Gladers a chance to have their mind-control chips removed. However, Thomas and a couple other Gladers refuse because they don’t think WICKD should be trusted; they soon escape WICKD along Brenda and Jorge. The group then goes to Denver to get their chips removed by a former WICKD researcher, Hans. After the surgery, they figure out that the others who had previously agreed to the surgery who were Immune to the Flare had been captured by WICKD. They were being held at the Maze. Tom, the other two Gladers, Brenda, and Jorge rescue the others from the Maze and defeat interfering WICKD soldiers and Janson. They all finally escape through a Flat Trans into a safe paradise.
What I liked about this book is the fast paced action and engaging suspense. What I disliked about this book is that a few of the main characters and my favorite character were killed. I also feel that the ending was rushed and the author could have explained the events leading up to the end more.

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RyanLe16
Dec 15, 2020

The Death Cure, part of The Maze Runner Series, goes through the battle that young kids have to go through in fighting a virus called The Flare that an organization called WICKED created. The leader of WICKED, Janson, is tasked with finding a cure for the virus, so he studies the brains of a group, called the Munies, who are immune to the virus. However, these people do not want to be studied, they want to be free, so as WICKED attempts to chase them, they make a desperate leap for freedom. For some characters, the greater good for their friends comes at the cost of their own lives, but for others, they live on and remember the sacrifices that their friends went to in order to achieve freedom.
This thrilling book is replete with exciting situations that are completely unpredictable. The Death Cure describes the challenges that young kids have to go through in order to save their livelihood. Nonetheless, I definitely enjoyed reading the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love a thrilling book.
- Age Rating: 13+

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 26, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A nice story to wrap things up. I don't find this book to be as good as it's predecessor Scorch Trials, but better than the first one. It had nice character development, answers to several questions and a bittersweet ending. Although I had two major issues with this book, the first being that I never really felt as much suspense with this book than the others, it just sort of kept going without any sort of payoff. The second major issue I have with this book is the fact that towards the end of the book the author kills off a major character for what seemed to be absolutely no reason, especially when he could have just killed of a minor one instead. It just feels like a pretty lazy way to wrap up that storyline with just killing off one of the characters than actually having them learn and grow as a character. Other than that, the story was amazing, we got to see some great returns, had nice action scenes as well as some really well-done heartfelt ones too. @StarStriker of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book was pretty enjoyable, I never felt that I was completely lost while reading, nor did I ever get bored of the plot. I’m also pretty glad and somewhat surprised that my favourite character made it to the end of the book, because there were times where I was almost certain that he was toast. Chronologically, this book is the last one in the series, but I know that there are still a few more books after this one. I’m curious as to how the story can still be expanded even though we’ve already gotten a “conclusion” to it. All in all, a pretty good read and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a thrilling story. 4/5 - @firstname_lastname of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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blue_fox_1910
Nov 16, 2020

The book was pretty good but I don't like the fact that the ending was so abrupt and that one of my favorite characters died. The author should have explained a little more and it was a little selfish that Thomas didn't tell Minho what he did to his friend. On the other hand, the book had a great sequence of events, and it triggered my feelings. James Dashner did a good job as a writer though it did leave me a little disappointed. Overall, the trilogy was pretty and I'm reading the prequals right now and I'm pretty excited for the new book coming out this month called Crank Palace.

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BrianBroekemeier
Oct 30, 2020

Never read the comments before finishing the book -_-

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XavierCaso
Jul 03, 2020

The Death Cure by James Dashner. This book surrounds a disease created by an organization called Wicked. The disease is known as The Flare. It also talks about the people who are immune to this disease, otherwise known as munies. Janson, a leader of Wicked, has been in charge of finding a cure by studying their brains. To avoid harm the immunes travel from place to place trying to be free of wicked, while being chased by them. Throughout their journey they have one goal, to be truly free. This book is an exciting adventure with twists and turns at every corner. It made me cry, it made me smile. Nevertheless, it’s something that I'd recommend reading any day.

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RebelBelle13
Jun 16, 2020

This is one of those books that you're better off knowing what you're getting into so you're not disappointed. Think back to Matrix: Revolutions. Everyone was expecting this epic world upheaval, for the humans to take the world back from the machines, for them to reverse what had happened so many hundreds of years ago and make things right again, but all we got was a cease-fire and a re-set? I'm not saying The Death Cure is like that, buuuuuut it kind of is. There's not a whole lot of explanation at the end- it just stops. We're given just enough to figure out what happened, but that's it. Thomas never gets his memory back, which seems ridiculously selfish, seeing as how the majority of the planet is dying from The Flare and Thomas is told many times over that he alone could provide the cure and decides not to. His friends just roll along with every stupid choice Thomas makes here, and there are A LOT of them. The chapters are even shorter than in previous books, if that's possible, and there are a lot of them that still end with crazy revelations or Thomas passing out. It seems like I've got a lot of negative things to say here, and I do, but I have to also admit that it was fun. It wasn't painful to read, and there are some redeeming factors. I loved the reversal of Gally, the steadfastness of Brenda and Jorge, and the always-itching-for-a-fight craziness of Minho. I love that they went back to the maze. I was upset that certain characters didn't survive, but it makes sense that not all of them would make it to the end. All in all, this has been an entertaining, middle-of-the-road YA dystopian. I'll continue on to read the prequels, and hopefully there more of my questions will be answered.

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violet_owl_999
Feb 20, 2020

this book was pretty good except why did newt have to die he was my favorite character. for me it felt like the ending was kind of predictable. I mean why didn't wicked think of that sooner?

best ever

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Jan 19, 2021

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May 03, 2018

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Jun 27, 2016

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

vv19 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jhartman2
Jan 23, 2016

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whsun
Jan 16, 2016

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Hesna_Y
Jan 09, 2016

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Sep 01, 2015

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noory17
Jan 22, 2020

With his heart falling into a black abyss, Thomas pulled the trigger.
- The Death Cure

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Smileyfaces
May 12, 2019

Best finale to a dystopian trilogy I've ever read. You won't be dissapointed.

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alyssaanderson
May 03, 2018

"We don't have much to lose. We might as well try something." - Gally

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AKSB
Jan 03, 2018

"Please, Tommy, please."

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blue_pig_1172
Dec 08, 2017

"Good morning, Thomas"-Rat Man

irish505050 Jun 05, 2015

"He's dead!"-Minho the death cure

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

As we've tried to install in our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

"You're either the bravest kid I've ever met or either plain crazy."

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

"Kill me. If you've ever been my friend, kill me."

Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me.
-Newt

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scary creatures

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

Violence: Killing Fighting scenes

bullycar Jul 13, 2014

Violence: Fighting with cranks. Some disturbing parts.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 15, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: very intense lotes of cranks going around and killing people

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JihadiConservative
Apr 15, 2013

Violence: There is alot of violence some pretty bloody

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007_Trout
Dec 13, 2012

Violence: not too much but, yeah

chicken_nugget May 27, 2012

Violence: some major

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vv19
Apr 14, 2016

Get ready for another round of intense scenes in the final installment of the series. Thomas has to make tough decisions along with wondering who he can trust. The plot and ending were okay but the reader is still left with questions.

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Jglazer9
Jul 23, 2015

Thomas and the group make it to the safe haven. This time they are in the real world, Brooklyn, they meet a group called the right arm and try to take down wckd together. They lose many friends along the way. Are they capable of ending all of this once and for all?

JessicaGMei Jul 13, 2012

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?

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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

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?

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