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Dashner, James.
New York : Delecorte, 2011
ISBN 0385738773
(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, we find Thomas and the rest of the survivors of the Scorch Trials being held by WICKED (World in Catastophe, Killzone Experiment Department).  WICKED has been formed by the governments of the surviving nations and now have combined forces.  They have vowed to keep Flare at bay.  Although many of the survivors believe that WICKED is in fact a good thing, Thomas and others do not agree.  Together they plot an escape to join forces with The Right Arm who want to overthrow the new government.

Booktalk #2

The Death Cure is the third book in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Similar to the other titles in this series, The Death Cure leaves the reader and our heroic protagonist, Thomas, in the dark until the very end.  Waking up at WICKED can never be good. Thomas finds himself once again at the mercy of the mind-controlling power of the organization he helped design. After learning that there is no cure for the Flare, Thomas and his Glader friends are told by Assistant Director Janson that they are lucky enough to be immune—all of the Gladers, except for one, will have no fear of contracting the virus. Before WICKED can carry out a terrifying medical procedure, the group steals a Berg from the hanger and escapes into the world of which they have no recollection. Understanding only fragments of their past, Thomas, Minho, Newt and the other remaining Gladers begin a journey that slowly illuminates WICKED’s ultimate plans.

The Berg lands in Denver where an underground rebellion, a group bent on the destruction of WICKED known as The Right Arm, makes an alliance with Thomas’s group. Their master plan, a scheme to plant a device that disables weapons in WICKED’s Headquarters outside of Denver, seems an impossible feat. Make sure to pick up this final installment of The Maze Runner series to see if the Gladers are able to pull off their mission.  Join Thomas for the conclusion of his struggle against WICKED where the Flare, Cranks, a population of frightened citizens without much to lose, and a staggering loss of memory, are only a few of the many things standing in his way. An exciting thrill ride, this book will leave you wondering, if WICKED really could be “good.”

SUBJECTS:     Survival -- Fiction.
                        Science -- Experiments -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.

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