Thursday, 7 June 2018

Book Review: The Death Cure

THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner
3 stars
Verdict: Well, that didn’t answer anything.
#1 - The Maze Runner
#2 - The Scorch Trials

The Trials are over, supposedly. It’s time for Thomas to get his memories back, and help Wicked with the final stage of their cure.

Oh, Maze Runner. You absolute tease.

I’ll try my best to describe the reading experience without any spoilers, so basically I’ll keep it vague and hope you know what I’m talking about.

The whole book is basically a delay in getting any real answers to the mountain of questions posed thus far. Motives are swept under the rug, specifics are ignored, and the events that could have provided answers were sidestepped around.

And then it ends on a clichĂ© which doesn’t feel satisfying at all.

Despite all that, it’s still entertaining. It still has its good moments, and unexpected twists, making it easy to sit and read for hours at a time.

Then again, the entertaining parts are also frustrating. There’s so much action, so much fight in this book...but I started to lose interest because I rarely felt rewarded with the plot progression I craved. I didn’t want a crank to jump on the car and steal the stories attention for a moment. I didn’t want more deaths of unnamed characters. I wanted a conversation with answers or a mind-snapping event to occur so that the plot would finally make sense, but the story just didn’t seem to slot into place. Instead, it threw a new load of questions into the mix, spliced in lots of action, and in the end, the plot was left to fend for itself.

As I approached the end pages, I realised there were not enough words left to complete the story itself. This was book three of a pretty mysterious and intriguing plot, and I was so sure the wait would be worth it. There had to be a really good reason for all everything going on. But just like book one, the ending isn’t satisfying.

How does human emotions link to a cure? What was the point of the telepathy, because it didn’t seem to have a role past book 1? What was Thomas’ true feelings about you-know-who, (because killing off a character doesn’t resolve anything)? Why were the grievers made? Why not humane deaths, or even just alluding to the perception of deaths (because neuroscientists know that perception is reality, so if WICKED is interested in brain patterns, all they need to do is create illusions which would be easier, quicker, less wasteful, and more humane)? Why? Why? Why?

It’s a fast-paced book in some regards, but it wasn’t the book three this series needed.

Source: Bought it!