Thursday, 26 November 2015

Review: The Death Cure - James Dashner

Written by: James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner, Book #3
Published by: Chicken House
Purchase from: Amazon   |  Book Depository

The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors' memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.
But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can't be trusted...
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

I do not even know where to begin with this review. There were times when I loved it but there were times that I couldn't help but resent it. It was so frustrating with how it kept going back and forth with the action but, having said this, I couldn't put it down for a second so it definitely succeeded in keeping me gripped from beginning to end, no matter how much I started to dislike it. 
'I don't think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible.'
After reading the first two books in the series, you can read my reviews of them here, I did have a lot of expectations that I didn't think were really answered in this book. There were a lot of times where I kept thinking 'well now were getting there' but then it kept zigzagging to another problem that needed to be solved immediately so it felt as though it kept pulling me from one problem to another without really having a good explanation. It felt as though the problems were just being created for tension's sake and not really being significant to the story. Now I'm not saying this was the case for every single twist within the story. In some cases the twists were well thought out and a complete and total surprise but there were just so many that didn't feel impactful enough and they felt as though they were thrown in so to add more tension in an already drama filled book. In my opinion, it just wasn't needed so it didn't add anything. This is where my main frustration lied with this conclusion to the trilogy. 
'As we tried to instil in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.'
Now I'm not going to lie, this isn't one of my favourite series ever but it did leave me wanting more after reading each book. Something about this trilogy just kept gripped from beginning to end no matter how many problems I had with it. So while this conclusion to the series didn't really excite me as much as I hoped there is no denying that it has that sort of quality that pulls you and keeps you reading more and more just because you have this compelling need to see how it ends and that is a quality of a good story, to keep the reader absorbed no matter how much it frustrates you.
'So let's say our bloody goodbyes, and then you can promise to remember me from my good old days.'
In conclusion, while this series wasn't really my cup of tea I can't help but admit that it really is entertaining enough that I had to keep going to the end. I did find myself getting extremely irked with some parts of the story making me go from loving it too hating it with each passing chapter. I just kept see-sawing from one emotion to the other making it hard to say on whether or not it was a good conclusion to the series because it did have that one redeeming quality of having that extremely engrossing feel that makes a brilliant story. 
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)