The Death Cure

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The Death Cure
The Death Cure.jpg
First edition cover
Author James Dashner
Country United States
Language English
Series Maze Runner
Genre young-adult, dystopia, science fiction
Published 2011, Delacorte Press
Media type Print, ebook, audiobook
Pages 336 pages
ISBN 978-0-385-73877-4
Preceded by The Scorch Trials
Followed by The Kill Order

The Death Cure is a 2011 young-adult Dystopian science fiction novel by James Dashner and the third book in the Maze Runner Trilogy.[1] It was first published in hardback on October 11, 2011 through Delacorte Press and was preceded by The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials and followed by the series prequel, The Kill Order in 2012.


The Death Cure picks up after the events of the preceding book. Thomas is being held in solitary confinement for the events in The Scorch Trials, but is eventually released. He, along with some others, soon discovers from Assistant Director Janson that the claim of a cure for the Flare was a lie. Janson adds that while many of the people present are immune, not all of them have this natural immunity and that many of the people in the outside world despise the ones with immunity. Thomas and the other Gladers are warned about venturing outside. The Gladers are first offered the chance to restore their memories. It is also revealed that the controlling device in their brains will also be removed in the process, and Thomas, Teresa and Aris will no longer be able to communicate telepathically with each other. Most of them accept the procedure, except Thomas, Minho and Newt. But they are later forced into the process. They escape it at the last minute with the help of Brenda. Then, it is revealed that Newt is not immune to the Flare, so Thomas receives a letter from him to read when the time is right.

After narrowly escaping an attack, the group flies to Denver with Jorge as the pilot in the hopes of meeting a former WICKED neurologist, Hans. While in Denver, they meet up with Gally who tells them about an anti-WICKED organization. Then, they find Hans and WICKED controls Thomas to attempt to kill Hans. Brenda and Minho are able to stop him in time and Hans gets the controlling device out of Thomas's brain. Newt is later discovered to have gone missing. Thomas discovers that Newt has been taken to a Crank sanctuary. Thomas tries to get Newt to return, only for Newt to vehemently reject Thomas' gesture. Thomas and his group are caught in a Crank riot but manage to escape. It is at this point that Thomas reads Newt's letter, in which Newt begs Thomas to kill him out of friendship.

Thomas and the others are eventually captured by bounty hunters, where they convince their kidnappers to take them to the headquarters of the Right Arm, where they meet Vince, the group's leader and Gally. Along with Right Arm, plans are made to infiltrate Wicked headquarters. Thomas has previously been invited back to participate in the third phase of the Trials, so he agrees to go alone to plant the device that would allow the Right Arm to enter the building. While driving to the building, Thomas sees and kills Newt, honoring his friend's wishes.

Thomas manages to successfully plant the device, but is told by Janson that he is the Final Candidate. This means that they will have to take his brain, killing him in the process, to create a way to defeat the Flare. Thomas later discovers that Janson is suffering from the Flare and is eager for Thomas' operation in order to save himself. Just before the operation, Thomas is saved by Chancellor Ava Paige, Wicked's leader, who plans to have immune people replenish civilization after the Flare ends. She helps Thomas escape and in the process, also helps hundreds of other Flare-immune people escape. Thomas manages to escape, but at the expense of Teresa's life. He is then transported to an undisclosed location along with the other Flare-immune people. In the Maze Runner Files a book published after the Death Cure we find out that the Flare was released by the PCC, an organization set up by the surviving world governments to handle population control. When they realized the damage they had caused, they set up WICKED to try to make up for their actions.


Critical reception for The Death Cure was mixed to positive.[2][3] Commonsensemedia gave the book three stars, commenting that the book's oppressiveness kept it from being more memorable than [they] wanted it [to] be.[4] The Deseret News also commented on the book's bleak nature, but praised it as being "both conclusive and satisfying".[5] The Horn Book Guide and Kirkus Reviews both gave positive reviews, with the Horn Book Guide opining that the book's conclusion was "thought-provoking".[6][7]


  1. ^ "The Death Cure (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Book Review: 'The Death Cure' by James Dashner". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Death Cure (review)". Library Journal (Book Verdict). Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Death Cure: Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 3 (review)". Commonsensemedia. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Ellsworth, Emily. "Book review: 'The Death Cure' is an action packed conclusion to 'The Maze Runner' series". Deseret News. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Death Cure (review)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Ribay, Randy (Spring 2012). "The Death Cure (review)". The Horn Book Guide 23 (1): 94. Retrieved 7 December 2013.