By James Dashner
From the back cover
Thomas knows that WICKED can’t be trusted. They stole his memories and locked him inside the Maze. They forced him to the brink of death by dropping him in the wilds of the Scorch. And they took the Gladers, his only friends, from him.
Now WICKED says that the time for lies is over. That they’ve collected all the data they can from the Trials and will rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission: to complete the blueprint for the cure for the Flare. But they must undergo one final test.
What WICKED doesn’t know, however, is that Thomas has already remembered far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what WICKED says.
The time for lies is over. And the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever have imagined.
It was satisfying to finally reach the end of this series. This book contains the same concepts as in the previous books in the sequel, however, good finally prevails. One new concept is introduced in this book which is euthanasia. A friend asks Thomas to kill him before he goes crazy due to the Flare. The violence in previous books was between sane and non-sane humans, or between humans and creatures made by WICKED, however, in this book, the killing is of human beings involved with WICKED.
In a gist…
Emotions between Thomas and Brenda intensify but physical contact is limited to a few kisses on the cheek.
– The Gladers are now fighting WICKED employees and so the violence is directed at human beings working at WICKED headquarters.
– Bloodshed, slashing, and graphic descriptions of Flare infected individuals are portrayed throughout the novel.
– Thomas fulfills a friend’s wish of killing him before he goes crazy due to the Flare. Euthanasia is impermissible in Islam.
The same made up swear words used in previous books.
Rich citizens infected with the Flare use a type of drug that numbs them in a way so they don’t suffer as they lose their minds. The effects of the drug seem to closely resemble marijuana.
Degradation of Family/Islamic Values
– Thomas and Brenda clearly have feelings for each other and mentions of those feelings are present throughout the book.
– A friend asks Thomas to shoot him because he caught the Flare.
The sequel has been intense throughout with much killing, betrayal, revenge, and bloodshed. Friendship is portrayed strongly and Thomas and his friends’ courage and loyalty are admirable. Male-female attraction is portrayed in this book.