The Death Cure is the third book in the Maze Runner series. In this installment WICKED continues its research to find a cure for the Flare virus, which is threatening to eliminate the human race. They have been studying the brain patterns of the immune population, but their tactics are becoming more and more desperate. Thomas and his friends escape from WICKED and join the resistance, but they soon discover their end goals aren't in sync. They ultimately decide to work with them because they feel their is safety in numbers with the hopes of converting them to their line of thinking.
Overall, I thought The Maze Runner had a great premise with the "gladers" trying to escape from the maze. It was very original and I enjoyed the characters with their unique language and quirks. I gave the first book 4 stars and jumped right into The Scorch trials. I was a bit disappointed with book two and gave it 3 stars. In keeping with this trend, The Death Cure fell even shorter from the mark and I ultimately decided to give it 2 stars.
It felt like the author was grasping for straws to continue the series and wasn't really sure how he wanted it to conclude. Should everything be doom and gloom to keep with the majority of the series or should there be a happily ever after? I think he tried to give readers a combination of the two, but it came across as awkward. I also didn't feel like there was a lot of new content to keep the story going. We kept rehashing the same things and fighting the same people with very little progression to the story.
I realize my opinion is not part of the majority. This was a very popular series that received a lot of hype in YA circles and was even converted into a movie series. I wouldn't discourage someone from reading it if it is on their TBR list, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to others.