A series of chaotic incidents rather than a strong conclusion. A disappointing end to a promising series.
What it’s about:
They’ve escaped the Maze and made it across the Scorch. Now will the survivors get their memories back and help WICKED save mankind from a lethal pandemic?
This is the weakest book of the series. In the first two installments, the trials provided solid structures/settings and clear plot lines (1: the Maze and getting out of it; 2: the Scorch and getting across it). But in The Death Cure the characters lurch from one episode and location to the next, getting into trouble just to have something to do. I made a similar criticism of Allegiant (Divergent #3) and The Death Cure has similar “end of series” issues. However, I’m not sure you’d notice this so much if you read the series with a big gap between the books. It was clear to me because I read the books back-to-back. If you’ve taken a break between installments this issue may not be as noticeable.
Thankfully, we do get some answers. But after all the suffering the characters have gone through and all the intrigue, I felt underwhelmed by the revelations.
Finally, the events of the last chapter felt incredibly rushed. A key character is killed off in a few sentences. Then we get two pages which are meant to wrap everything up, but instead left me thinking, “THAT’S IT?!”
My recommendation would be, if you’re reading or have read books 1 and 2 and want to finish the series, borrow The Death Cure from a friend or the library. That way, if you’re disappointed, at least you’re not out of pocket.