James Dashner, Delecorte Books for Young Readers, 2011, 256 pages.
Synoposis from Goodreads:
Thomas knows that
Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that
they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the
Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate
mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure
to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial
or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than
they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
I really enjoyed this third installment of The Maze Runner Series. It was satisfying and exciting. Like the other books, it was tough talking, action packed and full of mystery. Again, there are Cranks, who are people infected by the deadly Flare virus. I like this kind of take on zombies and the dilemmas dealing with them. The book started off fast and managed to give a lot of back story from the other books without seeming repetative or overly narrative.
Thomas grew in this book, though there were a few times where I thought he did reckless things just because he was not thinking properly. Maybe that makes him more human. There was one point I just wanted to yell at him to stop what he was doing. He gets faced with some tough decisions and not everything is completely rectified for him, which is interesting.
The friendships were done really well and were, for me, some of the best parts of the book.
There are so many juicy plot twists and moral issues that come up in this book that it keeps the reader turning pages. Then there are times when I felt that everything goes from bad to worse to even worse. Then, just for fun, even worse than that. Certainly, near the end of the book, I was rivited, waiting to see what would happen next. Some things also come full circle, which is quite satisfying and I have to say that I liked the ending, but won't say any more than that.
I would recommend this series for late middle school and young adult readers and think that it will especially appeal to boys.