The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series #3)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series #3)

by James Dashner

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Don’t miss book three in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, now a major motion picture starring Dylan O’Brien!
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

The first two books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are also #1 worldwide blockbuster movies featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster!

Also look for The Fever Code, the much-buzzed-about series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built, and James Dashner's other bestselling series, the Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of MindsThe Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.
Praise for James Dashner and the Maze Runner series: 
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.” —

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced . . . but smart and well observed.” —Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.” —
“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly
Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews
Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times

Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375896125
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: Maze Runner Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 41,716
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.

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The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1386 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Dahner is a master of playing with the human mind. He toys with the fear we all have as humans; the end of the world. In The Death Cure, we get to experiance Dahners thrilling version of the end of the world. As you know of course the Flare is making all who are not immune go slowly crazy, and the worst part is they know it too, yet another fear of the human mind. I envite a person of high school age and above to engulf themselves in Thomas, Minho, and all the others who find themselves competing against WICKED, story. Dashner is a brilliant writer and this book appeals to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent start.bit slow, but that is what pulls it together. I HAVE READ THE SERIES, and it is a series you will not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down.
Joel Brada More than 1 year ago
I have also read the first to books and the maximum ride books and they all are truly phenomonal.i strongly encourage anyone who sees this to read the maze runner series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the whole series. It had great characters and it was very suspenseful. Must read!
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
The Death Cure is the final chapter of Dashner's dystopian Maze Runner trilogy. Though I enjoyed the first two books, my liking for the third pales in comparison to previous installments. I was hoping for something really climactic and I feel cheated because all I'm left with is a bunch of unanswered questions. How was mapping their reactions to the trials going to create a cure? To what extent were Thomas and Teresa involved with WICKED? Why was Thomas so much more important? I don't always need my endings to be tied up in a pretty little bow, but Dashner places so much emphasis on certain things that, by the end, you expect to get those answers. Another problem I had with this book is that I found most of the main characters to be one-dimensional and flat. Thomas is annoying and weak, Brenda is underdeveloped and Teresa is dull. Clearly Dashner has some issues with writing multifaceted lead characters, particularly with regard to women, which is a shame because his knack for writing engaging sidekicks is quite good. Let's just say, my love for Newt and Minho was enough to let me get over my issues with the rest of the cast. These guys are the two whose fates I genuinely cared about and they are the ones I was really rooting for. It just sucks because Dashner puts them through the ringer and no one made it out unscathed! Overall, I really enjoyed the series though this book was my least favourite of the three. As a whole, I think the series could've been parred down to either one really long book or made into two, because so much happens that wasn't necessary to the main plot. And I know it sounds like I hated The Death Cure, I didn't. There were heart-pounding moments that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was an appropriate locale to end the book, bringing the series around full circle. Perhaps the best thing about the book is that Dashner gets you thinking about right versus wrong and how the answers aren't always in black and white. You start to wonder, does the end really justify the means? Is either force justified in their extreme actions? To The Death Cure's credit, I will say this--- it leaves you pondering those thought-provoking questions long after you finish reading.
Marin V More than 1 year ago
Unaware of his surroundings, Thomas opens his eyes warily, only to see white. White everything. The walls, the floor, the ceiling. Thomas had lost his orientation of nighttime and daytime. This seemed to last forever, until one day/night, Janson-a.k.a. "Rat Man"- walks in and lays it all down to Thomas. "The Trials are over Thomas. You're immune to the Flare, always have been always will be, and you now have the option to get your memories back". After all WICKED had put him through, after all his struggles with these "Trials", they expect Thomas to believe them? But WICKED is depending on the Gladers and Group B to help them form a cure for the Flare. What are Thomas and his friends to do? Save themselves? Or submit themselves to potential torture to attempt to save the human race? Boy. What. A. Book. Absolutely an outstanding read. Written so descriptively that the entire book seemingly plays out in your head as you read. I especially enjoyed how the bonds between friends loosen to nearly a thread, only for them to be brought together again. The vocabulary contained in the novel will most likely not trouble anyone above grade six, keeping it a pretty quick read, even for a 300+ page book. Recommendations include, but are not limited to readers of: Fantasy, Action, Strong relationships, and Dystopian novels.
Melissa Byres More than 1 year ago
I have raved about this series to everyone and i could hardly wait for the conclusion. This last book was a huge let down. It felt like the author didn't know how to wrap everything up for the conclusion. It was boring and slow. There were moments between the characters and the employees of wicked where thomas wasn't running for his life and actual answers could have been given. Instead, i feel like i just read a whole lot of nothing. If the author didn't know how to conclude the story he should have waited. I feel like i just ran in circles like a chicken with its head cut off. Not my idea of a good time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first and second book in this series, I had very high expectations for The Death Cure. None of those expectations were met. The book dragged on, with gruesome and graphic actions scenes, that would have been fine, except for the excessive amount of pages used on them. It seemed that every other chapter there was a scene with blood and gore, to the point that I barely skimmed them because they made me uncomfortable. I'm not usually a squeamish person, but James Dashner painted very vivid pictures (in the worst possible way) in my mind, that did not do anything to propel the storyline forward, but only took up pages that could have been used for something actually helpful to plot development. Also in this book, Thomas’ point of view was incredibly frustrating due to his constant hatred, and mistrust directed towards Teresa. Somehow he couldn’t find a way to forgive her for doing what she thought was the right thing, and carried on about how he hurt so much from what she did for the majority of the book. Brenda. It seemed that James Dashner wanted us to like her like we did Teresa, so he made her absolutely perfect. Brenda always knows what to do, she’s never the cause of a problem, and she’s never torn between two choices, and always seems to be in perfect control of everything. When Brenda was introduced in book 2# I didn’t like her for all of the same reasons, plus her constant ‘cuddling’ up to Thomas. She was unlikable to me, because it felt like she was always being shoved down my throat as a wonderful, trustworthy good guy (girl). Somehow Thomas was able to trust her throughout most of the book, but not Teresa, who was simply confused about what was right, and was always doing what she thought was best for Thomas. Another huge problem for me in this book is the deaths. There were dozens upon dozens of nameless, faceless, people in this book that died in gruesome masses. This seemed to be a reoccurring trend for Dashner, and did not quit, making the book repetitive, and boring, which I think is the opposite of what action scenes are intended for. Now this next part has spoilers, so if you do plan on reading this book despite its lack of charm, plot development, and a certain annoying plot device, et cetera, then you should stop reading here. SPOILER ALERT… Newt and Teresa die. They not only die, but they die because of Thomas. Newt’s death was horrible, driven by his fear of becoming completely insane. He begs Thomas to kill him, and Thomas does. He shoots him in the head, and then swears he won’t tell Minho, his only other best guy friend, ever. I was infuriated by this for a multitude of reasons. One is that I do not read books for them to be realistic, I read them for entertainment, and that is what fiction is supposed to be. The second reason is that Newt was already out of the book. He was left at the place where all of the mad cranks stayed to live, and then die. James Dashner could have easily left it there, without actually showing Newt’s death, and having Thomas kill him, but instead brought Newt back to simply kill him off. Still SPOILERS HERE, so don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know what happens. Teresa’s death I guess was not as horrible, but still was unnecessary, and also upset me. She died saving Thomas from a falling wall, even after he didn’t forgive her for most of the book, although he had come to the conclusion that they were on the same side a few pages before her death. She and Newt’s deaths also seemed to lack any emotional movement in Thomas at all. There were a few sentences that spoke of them, but didn’t seem to last. And lastly, the ending was not an ending at all. Thomas holds Brenda’s hand, some things imply safety, and that it’s all over, and that’s it. I can safely say that I will not be wasting any more money on the fourth book in this series, and that I will almost definitely not be purchasing anymore of James Dashner’s novels. Overall The Death Cure was a huge letdown, and a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the dramatic ending to the wonderful Maze Runner series!! It was exciting new and fresh. I was one the edge of my chair the whole time! I could not put it down one night i started reading at 9:00 pm and ended up not being able to stop reading at 11:30 and finally inforced myself to STOP readung!!!!! :) Loved the epiloge at the end, its always good! Even though it is a dissapointing ending i still loved it and recommend it to ANYONE who has read the first 2 books! 5 STARS DEFINITLY!!!! This series is my new favorite! (In my opinion better than harry potter) and boy does james have an amazing imagination! So definitly buy and read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not every author knows how to finish a book or series well. A satisfying ending can be achieved even if you don't agree with all of the author's decisions. In "The Death Cure", James Dasher fails at ending the series believably or giving a satisfying ending. The most intriguing and well written characters die inexplicably; and Thomas, our protagonist, makes irrational decisions and becomes generally unlikable in his quest to find out who WICKED is. In the first two books (The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials), Dasher had created a wonderful premise full of suspense and mystery. At the end of the trilogy in The Death Cure, the reader is not rewarded with any answers, just more questions and and a feeling that they wasted their time reading this trilogy. The character development is lacking, and one of the best characters, Teresa, the "love interest", is left as an afterthought until the very end. James Dasher expects us to believe that Thomas has fallen for Brenda, a character that is so poorly written I wondered if she was just an illusion of WICKED. Their interactions are forced and lacked the heart and soul Thomas had with Teresa (or Chuck and Newt in the first two books). In fact, the entire book was absent of heart. It plodded along without focus, waiting for Thomas to find answers and a resolution, only to discover he doesn't want his memory back to get those answers and there isn't a resolution. Dasher is not alone in this. D.J. MacHale created wonderful worlds in the Pendragon series, but it ended with an epic fail with its resolution and final relationship choices. The same with Stephenie Meyer and the final book in the Twilight series, which was wonderful until the climax that was promised never happened and characters behaved irrationally. Even though I didn't agree with how all the story lines ended in the Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling provided a satisfying ending. Suzanne Collins got it right with The Hunger Games. Even the great Charles Dickens wrote an alternate ending to "Great Expectations", when a friend suggested that the first ending was bleak and unsatisfying. While Dasher is no Dickens, he should take a page from him and take another stab at concluding this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire plot felt rushed, and the ending was simply unsatisfying. This story took what the themes of the other two books and threw it out the window. If only Thomas had understood WICKED was good...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Great conclussion, the trilogy keeps getting better and better! I recommend the books to young adults and adults, not children, too many deaths. This is a book that kept me reading, I couldnt stop! Amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was excellent, except that it was so confusing until I finished the book. Terrible ending. Thats my point of view. I really expected, and wished, that Theresa's and Brenda's fate swiched. We don't even no much of Brenda! Theresa is more fit for him! Should have been so much better and more realistic and understanding that Brenda was the one who... you-know-what-to-those-who-finished-the-book. So much for an excellent serie with a twisted ending... :'( great book, but once again, bad ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, terrible title. There is no cure for death, since it is not a disease, and that is not what they are trying to cure. Dashner has great ideas in this series, but executes them poorly. There are so many questions left unanswered, and they are the most intriguing, suspenseful questions in the story (What was Thomas' perception of WICKED before The Maze? Why did he help them? What were his memories that they blocked from him? And why was that necessary?). I hope these get answered in The Kill Order, though I'm doubtful I will read it. In the end, this series accomplishes nothing and leaves us just as confused as the Gladers when they first started this adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This honestly was my favorite series I've read in a long time. Every single book was exceptional. The only thing I absolutely hated about this book was the ending. Like... THAT"S IT? With that ending Dashner could've written another series! So many unanswered questions.. Other than the lame ending, loved this book and the series. The Scorch Trials was my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words can't express how much I loved the series. I am a big reader and just,picked up the first one. I fell in love instantly and wanted to read more. I read the whole series, exculding the Kill Order, in 3 days. I was even more excited to hear that the movie comes out on my 16th birthday! James Dashner did an amazing job and Dylan is a great actor. I honestly have high expectations for this movie and greatly enjoyed it. I highly recommend reading the entire series and if you are a bit judgemental and are one of those who judges a book by its cover, just give it a chance and you'll fall in love with not only the characters, but the plot as well. I look forward to reading more of his books and he is one of my favorite authirs and was a huge impetus, next to Sarah Dessen, that got me intrested in writing. I only hope that one day I can write a book that is semi good and will catch attention. I hope you enjoy reading this book and hope this comment helped. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILER (kind of) I loved this series so much i can't put it into words. What made me angry though was that SPOILER (kind of): Thomas didn't ever forgive and understand Teresa for what she did in Scorch Trials to save his life! Honestly, Brenda did the same thing because she was put in there so she could pretend to be his friend but ends up liking him so of course Thomas forgives her but doesn't ever say he forgives Teresa after all they've been through :( The ending is just a whirlwind of emotions (i am crying as i am typing this) but overall, it was a great read and I'm sad that this is the LAST book because i wan- NO I NEED MORE MAZE RUNNER!! I am so thrilled that there is going to be a movie!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WARNING SPOILERS: I adored the first 2 books of the series, but was severely disappointed with this entry. Between the first and second books I felt like some of the characters suddenly changed rather than developed particularly Mihno and Tomas. However this development did not feel completely unnatural, but it was noticeable. This was magnified during the Death Cure where I felt Tomas, Mihno, Newt, Brenda and Jorge were completely different characters from there previous iterations. However, none of these new characterizations were in any way better and caused these characters to become irritating. During the first couple of chapters of the book I felt that none of the character's actions made any sense. For example, Stage 3 of the trials felt completely and utterly pointless. Also, there should have been no reason for the characters not to want to regain their memories. Lastly, some of the hostility towards WICKED felt uncalled for and one dimensional. I did however like the middle section of the novel where the characters visited the "normal city" of Denver, giving us insight into how the general population lived combating the Flare. Now I would like to share some thoughts about Tomas's relationship with Teresa and Brenda. During book 2, I thought Brenda did a fantastic job of escorting Tomas through the town of Cranks in the Scorch. However, I did not like the idea of Tomas and Brenda forming a romantic relationship as it seemed very unnatural. Furthermore, I felt that Brenda should have only served a minor purpose if any at all. Therefore, the decision to not only use her as one of the main characters in book 3, but also have her form a romantic relationship with Tomas strikes me as unnatural and disappointed me as the reader. On the other hand, with Teresa, the author established a fantastic story arc in the relationship between Teresa and Tomas in the first 2 books. In the first book, Dashner establishes Teresa as this perfect girl whom Tomas has some mystical connection to in some past life. Then, in the second book Teresa betrays Tomas to protect him, bringing their relationship back to reality. The next logical step for her would be redemption and reunion. However, the author fails this by separating the two characters for 90% of the novel, one of the novel's fatal flaws. While Tom forgives her at the ending by sacrificing herself to save him, this fails to provide Teresa true redemption. Because Teresa and Tom do not spend enough time together, the author prohibits the characters from regaining the connection they once had. This redemption and reconnection strikes me as the only natural and satisfying outcome of to Tom and Teresa's original relationship arc, something which the author fails to recognize. As for the ending, less just say it was a bunch of unnecessary violence and death coupled with an unsatisfying outcome that leaves tons of unanswered questions. Sorry for long the review, but I really felt I needed to voice my disappointment at this failure of a conclusion of this otherwise excellent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason, I had high hopes in this series. It was a different plot, away from the normal predictable dystopia. After reading the first book, I wasn't certain if I wanted to continue or not. I did because in the end, when I thought about it, I was still intrigued as what was going on. Sadly, the books only got worse and there was no character development for most of them. It's as shame many authors rush to finish a series, this could have been a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Maze Runner has an interesting plot, lots of action, love, anger, and pleasure. This series is not just for teens. It is for all ages. It reads fast and has lots of chapters to keep you reading long into the night. I HIGHLY recommend the entire series. I am reading the prequel now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was very entertaining if you like adventure, mystery. Thomas and all of the other characters were very descriptive in details such as hair color or facial features. But, here's the deal, everyone should read this series. Nice work Dashner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great ending to this series. I love how ths tied everything together. This was by far my favorite book to tgus series, never having any dry spots, and full of action, suspense, and mystery. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, or Divergent. Great story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very great book i could not stop reading it.Its a book I would recomend for ages 11+ because it has a couple bad words and kissing in the book it also has a lot of killing
Dmbgoddess13 More than 1 year ago
Huge disappointment. Reading the next with low expectations. How could something so great turn into something so ill? The Flare, that's what. Mr. Dashner must have contracted the Flare, somewhere in the process of writing Chapter 11 of this book. .