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51 Thoughts I Had While Reading ‘The Death Cure’ for the First Time

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – the third and final installment of the Maze Runner film trilogy – has been taking the world by storm since its release last week. It debuted as the #1 movie in the world, and fans are loving the conclusion to Thomas & Co.’s story (as are we). But as thrilling as the twists and turns of The Death Cure are, there’s one thing that’s undeniable: the story is very true to the spirit of the books, but the plot is quite different.

Knowing that, I made it my mission to read the James Dashner novel that inspired this final chapter. I had previously read The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, but had somehow never gotten to The Death Cure. (That TBR pile is a killer, guys.)

I really enjoyed the book, and in fact I think it’s my favorite of the three that form the main Maze Runner story. (The two prequel novels, The Fever Code and The Kill Order, are still in that TBR pile I mentioned.) It’s nonstop action with some seriously wild twists, and it doesn’t slow down from beginning to end.

I decided to document my thoughts while I was reading and wanted to share them with you. If you haven’t read the book, be warned that the list below does contain some spoilers. Page numbers are based on the US paperback edition.

Without further ado, here are 51 thoughts I had while reading The Death Cure:

  1. Can Thomas get a break already? Things have only gone downhill for this guy. (pg. 1)
  2. Never underestimate the healing power of a shower (rhyme not intended). (pg. 2)
  3. Eat. Sleep. Exercise. Thirst for revenge. Now that’s a daily routine I can get behind. (pg. 4)
  4. Immunity. That makes things interesting. Will this reveal create a conflict between Thomas and the other Gladers? (pg. 10)
  5. Something tells me removing the Swipe is going to cause some issues. Sometimes it’s better not to remember. (pg. 18)
  6. NEWT. (pg. 26)
  7. Deciding whether or not to get your memories back seems like an impossible choice. How would you decide? (pg. 28)
  8. I don’t know what to think about Brenda but I want to trust her. It seems like she’s up to something… but also like she’s on our side. (pg. 53)
  9. YAAAAS QUEEN. (pg. 55)
  10. It’s so satisfying whenever someone is hitting Janson. Let’s keep doing that. (pg. 57)
  11. I hate to see the boys fight. Can’t they all just get along? (pg. 69)
  12. I have a bad feeling about this. (pg. 74)
  13. I guess they’re keeping to the pirate code around here. Any man who falls behind gets left behind. (pg. 80)
  14. So many Jorge / Brenda feels. (pg. 83)
  15. Talk about a “surprise, bitch” moment. (pg. 111)
  16. It’s weird seeing references to Ava Paige when she’s been so much more present in the movies. I wonder if she will be the same as the version we’ve seen on-screen or an entirely different type of character. (pg. 116)
  17. Yup, definitely a “surprise, bitch” moment. (pg. 118)
  18. I will never be over Chuck. (pg. 119)
  19. NOPE. (pg. 129)
  20. It’s so weird that the Gladers can be sitting around in a coffee shop after all the time they spent in the Maze and the Scorch. I can’t get a handle on this world. (pg. 138)
  21. Can’t Janson just leave them alone? (pg. 154)
  22. NEWT. (pg. 166)
  23. The Crank Palace does not sound the ideal destination rn, not gonna lie. (pg. 167)
  24. Too many emotions!!!! (pg. 184)
  25. NOW EVEN MORE EMOTIONS. I don’t like where this is going. (pg. 196)
  26. I don’t trust her. (pg. 204)
  27. Update: I don’t trust anyone. (pg. 205)
  28. Plot twist! (pg. 210)
  29. “If you die, I will not be happy.” You and me both, dude. (pg. 216)
  30. That was a close one. (pg. 222)
  31. Neeever mind. (pg. 223)
  32. Vince is so different than his character in the movies. He still seems to be a good guy… right? (pg. 232)
  33. And that’s why you wear a seatbelt, kids. (pg. 244)
  34. This is so not okay. (pg. 244)
  35. I was NOT PREPARED to find out how Newt got his limp. I have been emotionally compromised. (pg. 249)
  36. THIS IS TOO MUCH. (pg. 250)
  37. Finally getting some information about the Final Candidate. I don’t like the sound of that, but I do like answers. It seems like even when you’re working against WICKED, you’re playing right into their hands. (pg. 261)
  38. Okay, being the Final Candidate is THE WORST. This plan is THE WORST. They can’t go through with it. (pg. 263)
  39. STOP HIM. (pg. 269)
  40. 276 Is this another trick or did the Chancellor just come through?? I don’t know what to believe anymore. (Not that I ever have.) (pg. 276)
  41. BADASS. (pg. 282)
  42. So many feelings about this team-up. The boys are back, baby! (pg. 288)
  43. Just when you think things can’t get any worse… (pg. 299)
  44. The Grievers?! I can’t imagine what it must be like for the Gladers to see those again. No. Thank. You. (pg. 302)
  45. I get the feeling the hiccups with this escape plan aren’t over. (pg. 309)
  46. This guy isn’t dead yet?? (pg. 312)
  47. There are like 10 pages left! How can there be another battle?! This is so intense! (pg. 313)
  48. Oh my god. (pg. 316)
  49. Redemption, but at what cost? My heart!! (pg. 317)
  50. “I’m done thinking for a while.” Good that, Thomas – you earned it. (pg. 322)
  51. Plot. Twist. Wouldn’t expect it to end any other way. And that’s a wrap. (pg. 324)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is in theaters now. The novel of the same name is also available wherever books are sold.

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