By James Dashner
Delacorte Press, 2011
Rarely have I enjoyed the final book in a trilogy as much as the first. But Dashner’s The Death Cure does not disappoint.
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials have been two of the most popular books in the library this year, and it’s easy to see why. These books deal with Thomas and the other Gladers as they firstly conquer a perplexing Maze with its deathly Grievers, then endure the ghastly Scorch Trials and the evil Rat Man. Along the way they learn aboout the WICKED organization and the sun flares that created mayhem on earth, releasing the deadly Flare virus which effectively sentenced the human race to painful extinction.
Due to his immunity and long standing involvement in WICKED experimentation, the responsibility of saving humanity resides in Thomas. This is the journey upon which The Death Cure takes us. Thomas, Minho, Brenda and Jorge lead a host of characters, both old and new, in a race to the bitter end. Along the way we say farewell to some favourites, and endure plenty of twists, turns and surprises.
The Death Cure kept me turning the pages until the very end. It neatly tied up loose ends without predictablility or cliché and I have to say, I loved the ending.
James Dashner, you are one clever writer. Parents, you simply must put this trilogy on your Christmas shopping list now.