Once I started The Maze Runner, I didn’t stop reading until I had turned the last page of its sequel The Scorch Trials. So why did I refuse to pick up James Dashner’s final book in The Maze Runner trilogy for an entire week after I received it in the mail? As a reader, the anticipation of the conclusion of one of my favorite series is always nerve-wracking—especially a series like Maze Runner, with so many plot twists and unanswered questions. With the high standards that the two previous books set, I found it hard to believe that The Death Cure could ever measure up.
However, once I started reading, I was not at all disappointed. Dashner’s final installment finds Thomas and the rest of the Gladers struggling once more with WICKED as they attempt to complete the blueprint to the Flare’s cure. There’s so much I would love to say about this book, but with all the unexpected twists and turns, it’s impossible to say much and stay spoiler-free. One of my favorite aspects of this trilogy has always been its utterly unpredictable nature. Suffice it to say, you’ll be on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
He’s the master of the suspenseful plot twist, but Dashner also excels at tying up loose ends without letting them hinder the story and expanding on characters throughout a series. The Death Cure is everything that the final installment in a trilogy should be. My only complaint about this book is that I would like to see a bit more of Teresa; readers don’t get much of a look into her past with Thomas. But James Dashner does everything else so well that it’s easy to overlook petty grievances.
Overall, The Death Cure takes what you love about its predecessors and adds even more mystery and depth. You definitely won’t regret picking this one up—in bookstores now!
Natalie loves reading, writing, and reading about writing. If she hasn’t yet figured out a way to be paid for simply reading books, she hopes to be a book editor when she grows up.