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Publication Data. Dashner, James. The death cure / James Dashner. — 1st ed. p. cm. Sequel to: The Scorch trials. Summary: As the third Trial draws to a close. CHAPTER 1. It was the smell that began to drive Thomas slightly mad. Not being alone for over three weeks. Not the white walls, ceiling and floor. Not the lack of. The Death Cure James Dashner. The preceding books in the series are the maze runner followed by the scorch trials all published by Delacorte Press. Download The Death Cure [PDF] [ePub] or you can download the book from site.
Chronologically, it is the fifth and final novel, following its prequel The Scorch Trial. With this book, Dashner delivers a solid end to the bestselling science fiction series. It starts with his four-week imprisonment in solitary confinement. He is finally released and the Rat Man convinces him that there is no cure for the Flare. He also says, most of the Gladers are immune and therefore many people outside hate them. For that reason, they are probably safer inside than outside. The memories of most Gladers and Group B members are restored and they manage to escape.
Then he clasped his hands behind his back. Youre immune to the Flare,Thomas. The virus lives in every molecule of your body, yet it has no effect on you, nor will it ever.
Thomas swallowed. On the outside, in the streets, they call you people Munies, Rat Man continued. And they really, really hate you. Despite all the lies hed been told, he knew that what hed just heard was the truth. When placed alongside his recent experiences, it just made too much sense. He, and probably the other Gladers and everyone in Group B, were immune to the Flare. Which was why theyd been chosen for the Trials.
Everything done to themevery cruel trick played, every deceit, every monster placed in their pathsit all had been part of an elaborate experiment.
And somehow it was leading them to a cure. It all fit together. And moreit pricked his memories in the void. It felt familiar. I can see that you believe me, Rat Man finally said, breaking the long silence. Once wed discovered there were people like you with the virus rooted inside you, yet showing no symptomswe sought out the best and the brightest among you.
Of course, some in your group are not immune, and were chosen as control subjects. When running an experiment you need a control group,Thomas. Its the glue to keep all the data in context. That last part made Thomass heart sink.
Who isnt. The question wouldnt come out. He was too scared to hear the answer. Who isnt immune? Rat Man asked, eyebrows raised. Oh, I think they should find out before you, dont you? But first things first. You smell like a week-old corpselets get you to the showers and With that he picked up his file and turned toward the door. He was just about to step out when Thomass mind focused. His visitor looked back at him.
Back in the Scorchwhy did you lie that thered be a cure at the safe haven? Rat Man shrugged. I dont think it was a lie at all. By completing the Trials, by arriving at the safe haven, you helped us collect more data. And because of that there will be a cure. For everyone.
And why are you telling me all this? Why now? Why did you stick me in here for four weeks? Thomas motioned around the room, at the padded ceiling and walls, at the pathetic toilet in the corner. His sparse memories werent solid enough to make any sense of the bizarre things that had been done to him.
Why did you lie to Teresa about me being crazy and violent and keep me in here all this time? What could possibly be the point? Variables, Rat Man answered. Everything weve done to you has been carefully calculated by our Psychs and doctors. Done to stimulate responses in the killzone, where the Flare does its damage. To study the patterns of different emotions and reactions and thoughts. See how they work within the confines of the virus thats inside you.
Try to understand why, in you, theres no debilitating effect. Its all about the killzone patterns,Thomas. Mapping your cognitive and physiological responses to build a blueprint for the potential cure. Its all about the cure. What is the killzone? Thomas asked, trying to remember but drawing a blank. Just tell me that and Ill go with you. Why, Thomas, the man replied. Im surprised being stung by the Griever didnt make you recall at least that much.
The killzone is your brain. Its where the virus settles and takes hold. The more infected the killzone, the more paranoid and violent the behavior. And were using your brain and a those of a few others to help us fix the problem. Rat Man looked pleased with himself. Almost happy. Now come on, lets get you cleaned up.
And just so you know, were being watched. Try anything and therell be consequences. Thomas sat, attempting to process everything hed just heard. Again, it rang true, made sense. Fit in with everything that had come back to him in recent weeks. He finally stood, letting his mind work through the new revelations, hoping theyd sort themselves into nice little stacks for later analysis. Without another word, he walked across the room and followed the Rat Man through the door, leaving his white-walled cell behind.
A long hallway, a tiled floor, beige walls with framed pictures of naturewaves crashing on a beach, a hummingbird hovering beside a red flower, rain and mist clouding a forest. Fluorescent lights buzzed overhead. Rat Man led him through several turns and finally stopped at a door. He opened it and gestured for Thomas to go in. It was a large bathroom lined with lockers and showers.
And one of the lockers was open to show fresh clothes and a pair of shoes. Even a watch. You have about thirty minutes, Rat Man said. When youre Then youll be reunited with your friends. For some reason, at the words friends, Teresa popped into Thomass mind.
He tried calling out to her again with his thoughts, but there was still nothing. Despite his ever-growing disdain for her, the emptiness of her being gone still floated like an unbreakable bubble within him. She was a link to his past and, he knew without any doubt, had once been his best friend. It was one of the only things in his world that he was sure of, and he had a hard time letting go of that completely.
Rat Man nodded. See you in a half hour, he said. Then he pulled the door open and closed it behind him, leaving Thomas alone once more. Thomas still didnt have a plan other than finding his friends, but at least he was one step closer to that. For now, a hot shower. A chance to scrub himself clean. Nothing had ever sounded so good.
Letting his cares slip away for the moment, Thomas took off his nasty clothes and got to work making himself human again. Running shoesjust like the ones hed worn in the Maze. Fresh, soft socks. After washing himself from top to bottom at least five times, he felt reborn. He couldnt help but think that from here on out things would improve. That he was going to take control of his own life now. If only the mirror hadnt reminded him of his tattoothe one given to him before the Scorch.
It was a permanent symbol of what hed been through, and he wished he could forget it all. He stood outside the door to the bathroom, leaning against the wall, arms folded, waiting. He wondered if the Rat Man would come backor had he left Thomas to wander the place, begin yet another Trial? Hed barely begun the line of thinking before he heard footsteps, then saw the weaselly mans white form turn the corner. Well, arent you looking spiffy?
Rat Man commented, the edges of his mouth crawling up his cheeks in an uncomfortable-looking smile.
Thomass mind raced with a hundred sarcastic answers, but he knew he had to play it straight. All that mattered at the moment was gathering as much information as he could and then finding his friends.
I feel fine, actually. He plastered a casual smile on his own face. When do I get to see the other Gladers? Right now. Rat Man was all business again. He nodded back toward the way hed come and gestured to Thomas to follow him. All of you went through different types of tests for Phase Three of the Trials.
Wed hoped to have the killzone patterns mapped out by the end of the second phase, but we had to improvise in order to push further. Like I said, though, were very close. Youll all be full partners in the study now, helping us fine-tune and dig deeper until we solve this puzzle.
Thomas squinted, trying to process what hed just heard. He guessed his Phase Three had been the white roombut what about the others? Finally they arrived at a door. Rat Man opened it without hesitating and stepped through. They entered a small auditorium and relief washed over Thomas.
Sitting scattered among a dozen or so rows of chairs were his friends, safe and healthy-looking. Gladers and girls of Group B. Everyone seemed happy and animatedtalking, smiling, laughingthough maybe they were faking to some extent. Thomas assumed theyd also been told things were almost over, but he doubted anyone believed it.
He certainly didnt. He looked around the room for Jorge and Brendahe really wanted to see Brenda. Hed been anxious about her ever since shed vanished after the Berg picked them upworried that WICKED had sent her and Jorge back to the Scorch like theyd threatened tobut there was no sign of either one of them. Before he could ask Rat Man, however, a voice broke through the din. Well, Ive been shucked and gone to heaven. Its Thomas! Minho called out. His announcement was followed by hoots and cheers and catcalls.
A swell of relief mixed with the worry clawing in Thomass stomach and he continued to search the faces in the room. Too overcome to speak, he just smiled until his eyes found Teresa. Shed stood up, turned from her chair on the end of the row to face him. Black hair, clean and brushed and shiny, draped over her shoulders and framed her pale face.
Her red lips parted into a huge smile, lighting up her features, making her blue eyes glow. Thomas almost went to her but stopped himself, his mind clouded with vivid memories of what shed done to him, of what shed said about WICKED being good even after everything that had happened. Can you hear me? But she didnt respond, and he still didnt feel her presence in They just stood there, staring at each other, eyes locked for what seemed like a minute but could only have been a few seconds.
And then Minho and Newt were by his side, slapping him on the back, shaking his hand, pulling him into the room. Well, at least you didnt bloody roll over and die,Tommy, Newt said, squeezing his hand tightly.
His tone sounded grumpier than usual, especially considering they hadnt seen each other in weeks, but he was in one piece. Minho had a smirk on his face, but a hard glint in his eyes showed that hed been through something awful.
That he wasnt quite himself yet, just trying his hardest to act like it. The mighty Gladers, back together again. Good to see ya, shuck face. I bet you cried every night, missing me. Yeah, Thomas muttered, thrilled to see everybody but still struggling to find words.
He broke away from the reunion and made his way to Teresa. He felt an overwhelming urge to face her and come to some kind of peace. Hey, she replied.
You okay? Thomas nodded. I guess. Kind of a rough few weeks.
He stopped himself. Hed almost asked if shed been able to hear him trying to get in touch with her, but he didnt want to give her the satisfaction of knowing hed done it. I tried,Tom. Every day I tried to talk to you.
They cut us off, but I think its all been worth it. She reached out and took his hand, which set off a chorus of mocking jabs from the Gladers. Thomas quickly pulled his hand from her grasp, felt his face flush red. For some reason, her words had made him suddenly angry, but the others mistook his action for mere embarrassment.
Awwww, Minho said. Thats almost as sweet as that time she slammed the end of a spear into your shuck face. True love indeed. This from Frypan, followed by his deep bellow of a laugh. Id hate to see what happens when these two have their first real fight. Thomas didnt care what they thought, but he was determined to show Teresa that she couldnt get away with everything shed done to him.
Whatever trust theyd shared before the trialswhatever relationship theyd hadmeant nothing now. He might find a sort of peace with her, but he resolved right then and there that he would only trust Minho and Newt. No one else. He was just about to respond when Rat Man came marching down the aisle clapping his hands.
Everybody take a seat. Weve got a few things to cover before we remove the Swipe. Hed said it so casually, Thomas almost didnt catch it. The words registeredremove the swipeand he froze.
The room stilled and Rat Man stepped up onto the stage at the front of the room and approached the lectern. He gripped the edges with his hands and repeated the same forced smile from earlier, then spoke. Thats right, ladies and gents. Youre about to get all your memories back.
Every last one of them. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the authors imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Copyright by James Dashner All rights reserved. Delacorte Press is a registered trademark and the colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data [tk].
The text of this book is set in [tk]-point [tk]. He is also the author of the series The 13th Reality. Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen.
Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
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RandomHouse ChildrensPublishers. Subiksha Ravi. Owen Dunnigan. More From Random House Teens. Hilo Book 2: Janson reads out names of people who are not immune to the Flare. Thomas is devastated to hear that his friend Newt is not immune. The Gladers are offered the chance to remove the mind-control chips in their heads, thus restoring their memories, but with the devices removed, Thomas, Teresa, and Aris will no longer be able to communicate telepathically. Only Thomas, Minho, and Newt choose not to undergo the surgery, believing they cannot help to find the cure if they lose their telepathic connection or gain their prior memories.
Thomas initially feels betrayed, but Brenda convinces him to forgive her. Soon after, the Gladers discover that everyone who had undergone the memory-restoration abandoned them. When they arrive at the airport a man in a black-suit directs them to an address where ex-Glader Gally is waiting for them. Newt must remain behind because he would be arrested and confined with the other Cranks.
He also reveals the decaying cities are home to many who suffer from the Flare, but take an illicit drug called Bliss which slows down brain functioning and helps relieve the pain Cranks feel from the Flare.
Minho, Thomas, Brenda, and Jorge return to the Berg vehicle to find a note saying that Newt has been taken to the Cranks. Minho convinces the four of them to go to the Denver Crank Palace to rescue Newt, where they bribe the guards to get in.
When they meet Newt, he angrily orders them to leave and the other Cranks chase them out. Thomas then remembers the note Newt gave him and reads it, to find that Newt had begged Thomas to kill him. Thomas despairs over not having read the note earlier, and the four go back to Denver.