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  • Writer's pictureLaura L. Zimmerman

Book Review – ‘The Death Cure’ by James Dashner

Finally finished the series I began reading two years ago! Although, in all fairness, I did go back and re-read the first book – ‘The Maze Runner’ – last month, to refresh my memory. ‘The Death Cure’ by James Dashner is the third book in ‘The Maze Runner’ trilogy, that ties up all the loose ends concerning the fate of Thomas and Co. 

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Synopsis: It’s the end of the line.

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.

Will anyone survive?

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.

The truth will be terrifying.

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.

I give ‘The Death Cure’ 4 stars out of 5!


The Short: Solid final book to the series. Answered vital questions. Definitely happy I stuck with it after the second book, and finished this series.

The Long: *Spoilers* This book started out strong, the second having ended in such a cliff-hanger that I didn’t have much choice but stay glued to these first few chapters. Thomas and his friends are faced with the option of regaining their memories, something he’s not so sure he’s on board with – dreading the idea that his former self hadn’t been one of integrity. There’s an eventual breakout of the facility and the group finds themselves in Denver in their never-ending search for answers. Friends we thought were lost in book 1, reappear. Friends we thought would make it to the end, die. This book is pretty much packed full of action, similar to the first two. 


I will admit things got a bit slow towards the middle, where I just wanted something to happen and the group to move on. But once I reached the last quarter of the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The book ended opposite of how I expected, yet in the only way that it really could have. I enjoyed the ingenuity of the way Mr. Dashner wrapped things up with WICKED and our Glader friends. If you liked “The Maze Runner” but were put off by “The Scorch Trials”, I encourage you to finish the series!

I think I’ll take a break before reading the prequel to this series, since it’s a stand alone book and I can do that sort of thing 😉

Happy reading, friends!!

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