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 Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.
Praise for James Dashner and the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A 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.” —EW.com
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced . . . but smart and well observed.” —Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.” —Seventeen.com
“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
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250 is too sad.
This Book REALLY Fails to Deliver Due to a TERRIBLE Ending - Spoilers in this Review
The only reason I didn't give this book one star was out of respect for the fact that I loved the first two books so much. So, what's wrong with this book? Well, throughout the series, there are many things you hope happen. But ultimately, there were only two things I really wanted to have happen. In fact, if even just one of these two were given to me, I probably would've been satisfied. Instead, I felt like this book totally ripped me off.
The two things I wanted to have happen was: (1) I wanted Thomas and Theresa to finally get to develop their relationship and ultimately be together. This never happens. In fact, in this entire book, Thomas hardly ever interracts with Theresa at all. And, during the short period of time that they do interract, he frustratingly continues to mistrust her despite the rational explanation for the actions creating the mistrust. And, if he were to get his memories back (which I'll get to in a second), then he wouldn't have mistrusted her because he would've known that it was all part of the trials and she was doing what she believed she had to do. Then, just beforere they get to the end, Theresa is killed off and Brenda ends up being Thomas' love interest. The only problem is that the only character more underdeveloped than Theresa's is Brenda. Of course, Brenda also lied to Thomas during the trials. However, he forgives her completely but doesn't forgive Theresa. So, all of a sudden, at the end of the book, with very little development at all, Thomas ends up with Brenda, and it just all felt a little rushed and forced. I probable could've lived with Thomas ending up with Brenda if the relationship was more developed and you could understand why he ends up preferring her to Theresa, who Thomas obviously had more of a history with. But, sadly, this isn't done.
(2) The second thing you wait all 3 books to learn is all of the memories Thomas and Theresa had before the maze trials. However, in a shockingly stupid and unexplainable move, Thomas refuses to get his memories back, which if he was truly seeking to rebel against WICKED, you would think the previous memories would have served him well in the endeavor. But that aside, clearly all readers want Thomas to get his memories back of his mother, his family, why he decided to help WICKED once there, his previous relationship with Theresa, etc... But you never get it! It's as if Dashner couldn't explain everything and fit it into the three books, so he just copped out and ended it without ever really having to explain. Sure, you do get the random dream or two from Thomas, and you can piece together some memories into what may or may not have happened, but you don't get the payout you're hoping for.
There are also many other problems with this book, which are too much to continue going on into. Ultimately, this is a great series with an awful ending. And that sort of marred the entire series for me. I see all these people giving this book such great reviews, and it frustrates me now having read the book. I wanted to love this book - this series. But while the first two books were highly entertaining, this one is just a tease that fails to deliver the payoff any rational reader of the first two books wanted.