The Death Cure

Maze Runner Book 3

Plot



The Death Cure is the third novel in the maze runner trilogy by James Dashner. In this book, Thomas, a teenage boy, is one of the subjects in an experiment done by a government agency known as WICKED. When a man made disease, known as the Flare, is introduced to the human population, WICKED starts running experiments to find a cure. The Flare causes humans to go insane and to become cannibals. Thomas and his friends have been an apart of these experiments. The novel describes the final experiment or "trial" that determines which of the subjects are immune to the Flare and which of the subjects are already ill with the disease. It turns out that Thomas is one of the immune. He is known as a Munie. When WICKED offers to remove the "swipe" from the subjects' brains to return all of their memories to them, Thomas and a few of his friends opt out of the procedure and plan an escape from WICKED.

WICKED continues to hunt Thomas and his friends down because Thomas holds the key to their final experiment. After traveling to Denver, Thomas and his group meet members of the Right Arm, a group organized to bring down WICKED. Armed with a plan to bring WICKED down, Thomas returns to WICKED with the Right Arm planning to save him. In the end, Thomas and the others are able to shut WICKED down forever.

Characters

Minho/ Ava Paige/ Jorge

Aris/ Sonya/ Brenda

Thomas/ Rat Man/ Vince

Teresa/ Gally

Newt /Fry Pan

Key Quotes

“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me.”

“KILL ME!" And then Newt's eyes cleared, as if he'd gained one last trembling gasp of sanity, and his voice softened. "Please, Tommy. Please."
With his heart falling into a black abyss, Thomas pulled the trigger.”

Setting

A dystopian society with Cranks roaming the earth.