The Death Cure

Spoilers ahead!  If you haven’t read James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, do that before continuing with this post.  This post will focus on the third book in this trilogy, The Death Cure.  If you haven’t read the first two books, I promise I will spoil things for you!

The Death Cure picks up immediately after the events of The Scorch Trials. Thomas is in isolation at the WICKED compound, hoping for a chance to escape.  He doesn’t know what he’ll do or where he’ll go if he gets his chance, but he knows he has to get away from WICKED.  They are not to be trusted.

Eventually, Thomas’ moment comes, and he, along with several of his friends, escape WICKED and begin a journey to find answers.  They must also face the fact that one of them has the Flare, a brain-eating disease that transforms normal people into raving maniacs.  Can they find help–or even a cure–before a dear friend becomes a dreaded Crank?

Thomas and company make their way to Denver, a city that should be a safe haven for them.  But something is not quite right when they arrive.  No one in this city will make eye contact, people are walking around with cloth or masks over their faces.  Thomas was led to believe that the Flare was not present in Denver, but why are so many people acting as if it’s a real threat?  And why are those immune to the Flare–like Thomas and some of his friends–disappearing by the dozens?  Has WICKED infiltrated this supposedly safe city, or is someone else playing games with people’s lives?  What could the possible end game be?

As Thomas and his friends slowly uncover the truth behind all the lies, it becomes ever clearer that there are no winners here.  Lies abound from every side, and Thomas must trust his instincts to keep himself and everyone he loves alive.  He has to decide who to believe and if anything he’s been told by WICKED could ever be true, including the likelihood of a cure for the Flare.  Even if a cure is possible, millions of people will die.  And it seems that at least one person may have to be sacrificed to make a possible cure into a reality.  Will Thomas allow that to happen?  Can he face losing even one more person if it means the salvation of the human race?  The answers are not easy, but Thomas must face them if he has any hope of retaining his sanity, his life, or the fate of humankind. 

Read The Death Cure by James Dashner to learn that sometimes the only way to cure a disease is to kill it.

This has not been my best post on a book, and I’m sorry for that.  In my defense, however, it is impossible to capture everything that occurs in this book, even in this whole series.  The Death Cure is a quick read, but it is action-packed, and so much happens to these characters that I couldn’t possibly cram it all into one blog post.  I will say that the ending was somewhat satisfying, even if it seems that it was all part of a master plan.  I was sad that several characters I came to like in this series didn’t make it to the end.  (No, I won’t tell you which ones.)  On the other hand, I was kind of happy that a few characters I had come to despise didn’t make it, either.  You win some, you lose some.  Overall, I did enjoy this series, and I hope you will, too.

If you’d like to read more about The Maze Runner trilogy and author James Dashner, I encourage you to visit http://www.jamesdashner.com/.  Not too long ago, an announcement was made to this site that we can expect a prequel to The Maze Runner.  It’s called The Kill Order and will be released sometime in 2012.  Apparently, this story will tell us about the events that led to the creation of WICKED and the maze.  It focuses on the sun flares that hammered the earth and the disease that hit mankind shortly thereafter.  Doesn’t really sound like an uplifting story, does it?  But I’m sure it will be just as captivating as The Maze Runner trilogy.  I, for one, am eager to learn more about how everything started.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox is one weird book…but in a good way.  Jenna Fox is seventeen, but she doesn’t really know who she is.  She has been in a coma for a year, and she only knows what her parents have told her.  Her grandmother appears to despise her, Jenna has little to no contact with the world outside her family’s new house, and her only connection with the girl she used to be comes in the form of sixteen years’ worth of home movies.

Gradually, though, Jenna begins to reclaim pieces of her memory and what led her to her current situation.  She knows she was in what should have been a fatal accident and that her parents broke nearly every scientific law known to man to ensure her survival.  What really happened to her?  Will anyone find out?  What or who is Jenna Fox, and why couldn’t her parents let her go?

This book paints a possible picture of what the world could look like in the not-too-distant future:  antibiotics becoming ineffective through overuse, pandemic diseases, fighting to preserve pure species of plants and animals, government control over what science can or cannot do, and basically regenerating humans who are on the verge of death.  It’s creepy to think about.

Although I did like this book, the ending was a little too neat for me.  I would have liked to see more conflict.  Also, there is an underlying political message in the book that could turn some readers off.  But I guess that’s just one more way to start some discussions.  I would recommend this book for readers interested in science and where it could or should take us in the future.

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