The Death Cure picks up not long after the events of Scorch Trials. The Gladers are being held by WICKED and are finally told the purpose of the Trials they have been through. A virus known as the Flare is ravaging the the world, and WICKED’s purpose is to find a cure by pushing the minds of those immune to the disease to find a blueprint to a cure. The Gladers, with a few exceptions, are immune. They are offered a choice to get their memories back, but Thomas, Minho, and Newt refuse. When the Rat Man tries to force them to, they escape with Brenda and Jorge’s help. What follows is a search for allies and a way to finally put an end to WICKED. But if WICKED doesn’t get what they want, they won’t stop with them. Immunes are disappearing from the outside world. If they don’t get Thomas, the trials will never end. WICKED must be stopped. Can they do it in time? And at what cost?
Like the other books in this series, this one had a lot of action, but it had considerably less than the other two I thought. There was a plot point in the middle that I thought was a bit filler like, and some other slow parts. I liked that we learned a bit about WICKED’s purpose, but I’d still love to know more. I hope The Kill Order and the upcoming The Fever Code give more detail.
I liked that not everyone survived the fight. I know that sounds bad to say, but with such high stakes it’s unrealistic for them all to make it out alive. I do like that a character redeemed themselves in a way by more or less sacrificing themselves. I also liked the twist of who the real bad guy in charge was. It just proves that not everything is as it seems.
I give this one Three and a Half Lightsabers.