The Death Cure

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Okay, first official book review for my blog (huzzah!).  After three weeks of slow progress, I finally, finally, FINALLY managed to finish James Dashner’s The Death Cure, the final piece to the Maze Runner puzzle.  I’m just going to come right out and say it: I think it was kind of a let down.  Maybe it’s because I only found the time to read it in half hour bursts on my dinner breaks at work, but I had the hardest time getting into it.  I just remember staying up all night reading The Maze Runner because I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down.  I clearly remember thinking to myself that I had never before read anything so amazing.  A definite 5 out of 5!  I was less impressed with The Scorch Trials; maybe a 3.5 out of 5.  I thought it started really strong, but I found I lost interest halfway through, so I just skipped to the end so I could get on with some of the other things I had lined up to read.

But, for me, The Death Cure didn’t get interesting until about the last third of the book.  This particular book seems more like another instalment of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books.  It kind of just becomes a string of chapters in which the remaining Gladers are increasingly screwed over by WICKED until the explosive conclusion that seems hastily thrown together in the last three chapters.  I think giving this book a 3 out of 5 is being overly generous, frankly.  It includes all of my least favourite things: convoluted plot hoping to generate excitement (and failing), thin story stretched over WAY too many pages and then

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slapping on a tidy and unsatisfying conclusion just for the sake of wrapping it up.  I don’t want to give the wrong impression here; I think that James Dashner’s world in the Maze Runner trilogy is really quite interesting and innovative.  I just feel like this final book could have been executed a little better.  And maybe I would have felt more engaged if all of the questions raised by the first two books had been answered.  As it is, there’s a lot about the major characters that I wish had been explained.  Although from what I understand there’s a prequel of sorts called The Kill Order that’s supposed to be coming out next, so maybe it will expand on all the stuff I wish had been included throughout the trilogy.  And since I really kind of loved Thomas’ world, I’m sure I’ll be right there when it comes out.

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