Welcome back to Bestie Banters. My BFF Rachel and I wrapped up book 3 in Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure, and shared our thoughts via e-mail conversation. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Julz: While book 3 was better than 2 and there were a lot of questions answered, I kind of wished Thomas had chosen to regain his memories. I thought that would have clarified a lot.
Rach: I completely agree. I really expected them to force it on him or for him to logically choose that option. Especially after all snip-its of Thomas’ memory that we were exposed to in the previous books, I really thought his memory was the key to figuring everything out and was looking forward to knowing.
Throughout the third book, I had a very hard time remembering that they were just kids. They went through so many horrific trials in all three books and, for the most part, approached them with such logic and poise. I cannot imagine the pressure to rebuild the world resting on their small shoulders – especially since Thomas didn’t even pick up on Brenda’s innuendo near the end when they had escaped!
Julz: OK, who edited this book? I noticed two glaring mistakes that really bothered me. On page 52, Thomas is being dragged away by guards, but it says, “His captives yanked him farther into the room.” Um, it should be CAPTORS. And then on page 61, same thing. Their hostage is “Minho’s captor…” Drove me nuts.
Rach: How perceptive are you! I did not notice that.
Julz: I was upset about the whole Newt thing. But I’m also glad Thomas had the courage to fulfill his wish. As smart as the Gladers were, none of them deserved to descend into madness.
Rach: Newt’s situation just broke my heart. I thought it was bad enough when they had to leave him behind at the bowling alley, but then to have the confrontation that ultimately allowed him to fulfill the wishes – it was hard to read.
Julz: Did I read right in the afterward by the Chancellor that The Flare was released on purpose as a means of population control? Why would they need to control the population when the solar flares decimated so much of the world already?
Rach: I absolutely had to go back and read that again when I was finished because I didn’t quite believe it. For as calculating as WICKED was to run all the trials and scenarios I feel like the recklessness of releasing The Flare does not fit in with their persona. I also felt like that piece of information should’ve been revealed earlier in the book and worked into the story line instead of just BOOM adding it at the end for you to digest.
Julz: I had a feeling Theresa would die in some sort of heroic act. I knew the only way she could redeem herself in Thomas’s eyes would be to save his life, even if it meant sacrificing her own. And am I a bad person because I wasn’t upset that she died?
Rach: Absolutely not – I’m right with you on that one. I was getting extremely tired of the back and forth and longing glares/glances they were exchanging.
Julz: And where can I get me some Bliss?
Rach: Right?!? In my head I was trying to picture where everyone was getting the bliss from because they stated how expensive it was, but it sounded like they treated it like a street drug. I alternated from men almost consumed by The Flare lurking in the alley, to dispensaries, to the munies making money selling it.
It was refreshing to have a YA series end logically and with a sense of satisfaction. I’m pretty tempted to read the prequel. It seems like the author felt the need to write it because he didn’t give Thomas his memory back and all the fans are dying to know. I would imagine we will get the history of WICKED, of Thomas’ childhood before WICKED, and also the solar flare event.
Julz: Well if you do, you’re going to have to come back and tell us all whatcha thought…