The Death Cure

The Final Book of the Maze Runner Trilogy

Written by James Dashner

Thomas and the Gladers are finally free of the testing of WICKED. Or are they? Maybe the Trials are over but the cure for the Flare remains elusive and the spread of the disease is running rampant. In The Death Cure we follow Thomas, Newt, Minho, and Brenda on a search through Denver for other Immunes like themselves who are helping an organization named the Right Arm. But which organization is really good? WICKED or Right Arm? Without his memories, Thomas must do his best and rely only on his gut feelings to decide.
I have to say that “The Death Cure” is my favorite in this series. Dashner’s storytelling just got better and more exciting. I was on the edge of my seat almost the whole time. I really appreciated the short chapters so I could take a little breather.

Review by Christine Fotheringham, Rolling Meadows Elem. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 8-12

James Dashner’s conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy was worth the wait. Thomas and his colleagues are finally free from their forced service with Wicked and are trying to begin a life outside of their walls. But life on the outside is no better than it was within, and they are soon forced to join new alliances in order to survive.

The book is packed with non-stop action and conflict. At times I found myself wondering how Thomas can survive all that is thrown at him. Dashner does a good job of weaving events from previous books into the storyline and conclusion. I really enjoyed reading this series and highly recommend it to sci-fi lovers of all ages.

Review by Rosanne Markham, West Lake Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

James Dashner – Website

The Death Cure
Written by James Dashner
Delacorte Press
325 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2011
ISBN: 9780385738774 (hardcover)

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5 thoughts on “The Death Cure”

    1. I would love the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy. It sounds like the perfect ending to this exciting, action-packed, adventure series!

  1. We have this trilogy in our library, and would love to complete the series. I have not read it but hope it is good for the elementary upper level. They have enjoyed the first two.

  2. Our James Dashner fans have been waiting on the hold list for this final installment to the Maze Runner trilogy. I was top of the list! Although Dashner did wrap up the story well, the ending just seemed like a quick fix and very possibly the opening to another series. I did give it four stars, but not impressed with the ending. After all of the action and adventure, I guess I just expected more. (After you’ve read it, let’s talk. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it.) Students returning Death Cure seem to have the same leftover feeling, too.

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