Book Review: The Death Cure (Janes Dashner)

Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 327
Release Date: 2011
Summary (From Goodreads):

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 may not have enjoyed it, but I have at least finished the series (don’t mention the prequel, I’ll get round to it eventually but I was losing the will to read and needed a good book). 
As predicted, this was a pretty unsatisfying end to a very unsatisfying trilogy. With all the comparisons to The Hunger Games I had high hopes and they have not been met at all. The thing about The Hunger Games was that, whilst obviously never likely to happen, everything still managed to sound plausible. You could see how they’d got to that state and how the games were used to control people. But with this series, I’ve not been able to suspend disbelief at all. I just don’t buy any of it, even with the vague explanations in this final book, nothing made sense. 
I think the most interesting point in this book was finding out that one of them wasn’t actually immune to the Flare. But I think that it could have been written with a lot more emotional pull, because the way it went down didn’t really do it for me (I seem to use that phrase a lot when talking about these books). The whole thing with Newt’s note didn’t play out realistically for me: I know he could have been being irrational on purpose but it just all felt too contrived. 
A really minor point that bugged me was when Brenda had to explain what a mall was. The whole memory loss thing was inconsistent: if he knew what a bowling alley was, or a football field then why not a mall? Silly, I know, but inconsistencies like that really jar me. 
I could go on about the flat characterisation and unsatisfactory ending but I’m sure you’re used to hearing that from me now. Safe to say I didn’t enjoy this book either and doubt I’ll be revisiting the series. 
My Verdict:

   Take it or leave it

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