Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: The Death Cure

Title: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner, #3)
Author: James Dashner
Published: October 11, 2011 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format: Paperback
Source: Bingo Game Prize
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.

The time for lies is over.

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(Warning: Review contains spoilers!)

The Death Cure by James Dashner is a lot of things: it is fast-paced, action-packed, comical, intense, suspenseful, clever, but most of all, it has the utter capability to make you emotionally unstable (just wait until you get to page 250.)

One of the first few things that I personally liked about the book is the fact that Dashner wrote Newt as one of the Gladers who aren't immune to the Flare. This is a bittersweet thought because Newt is absolutely my most favorite character in the entire series, so knowing that he can be gone any time soon is definitely heartbreaking, but at the same time, Newt acting like a Crank is a "refreshing" sight to see—an unexpected change, so to speak. This other side of him, this glue that used to bind his group together rapidly becoming undone, is one of the many twists that I never would have foreseen in the beginning.

Brenda began to grow on me. As I have mentioned in my The Scorch Trials book review, she comes out as questionable for me—having little to no knowledge of her background whatsoever—but she's leisurely growing, developing, in The Death Cure. It is like with every move or every action she takes is an effort to prove her worth to me, or to anyone who was a little dubious about her at first. I really like how I can finally connect to her in a way that I can actually imagine all the hard work she has to go through just so she can earn Minho's and Newt's trust—or everyone's trust generally.

Most of the scenes in the book are so intense and at the same time agonizing—in a good way. Dashner keeps coming at his audience with all these dynamic twists and turns, and I just want to keep reading in order to produce an explanation for this one particular thing or that one other thing. They are all so zealous, a nail-biting suspense, but then I still have these bazillion paragraphs before the actual revelation, so I constantly found myself skipping over some words and completely spoiling myself (which is a terrible thing to do because in my case, I found out that my favorite character was going to die even before I got to that part.)

What I did not like about the book is the fact that it gave me so many emotions. There are too many deaths, and I'm not even going to deny that they affected me greatly. More than what I would have initially liked to. Newt's death, specifically. I can never think of page 250 the same way ever again. As I have mentioned before, Newt is my most favorite character in the book, so reading about his death wrenched my heart in so many ways. Don't get me wrong, I feel so happy about the remaining characters making it through the very end—especially Frypan—but my mind is constantly thinking, my heart constantly aching for Newt, and the others who have died, and all of the what-could-have-beens.

I have to say, I've finally seen the beauty of Dashner's writing style. This author knows how to take your emotions to one hell of a roller coaster ride. And trust me, you'll be too attached to the characters to even want to wish the ride will stop so you can get off.

There's not much that I can say regarding my recommendation, but if you are on the hunt for a book that will play your emotions like it's some puppet or a dummy, The Death Cure by James Dashner is the one for you. It has toyed with mine so much that I am still attempting to get over what I have just read. The first book did not appeal to me as much as I expected it would, but as I progressively got deeper into the series and got to know more about the characters, I have begun to learn how to love the The Maze Runner series.

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James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, as well as the Mortality Doctrine series, the 13th Reality series, and two books in the Infinity Ring series: A Mutiny in Time and The Iron Empire. He was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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