With a heavy heart, I finished reading one of the best series of books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The final book of the trilogy, The Death Cure, had the absolute perfect ending. It seemed like the author, James Dashner, wouldn't be able to top the kind of suspense and shock that he had pulled off in the two previous books. I was wrong on so many different levels, it's absolutely incredible. The dystopian/ science fiction novels followed a boy named Thomas who woke up one day in a contraption called The Box, which dumped him into the Maze without any memories of who he was up until he awoke in The Box. Through a serious of events, he manages to escape the Maze along with a group of boys (and one girl) who had also been placed in the Maze. He later is put through another Trial in a desolate wasteland called the Scorch. In The Death Cure, Thomas has to unravel the secrets of the past and cope with the world as it is. He has to cope with the fact that he once worked for the organization, WICKED, that put him in the Maze and the Scorch, with the purpose of studying the reactions of the children and teenagers in order to find a cure to a lethal disease known as The Flare. The final battle against WICKED and later a left wing organization determined to destroy WICKED called The Right Arm is intense and had me at the edge of my seat. The joy I felt when the individuals who had been captured by WICKED were finally freed was indescribable. Then came the real shock: the epilogue. Turns out that The Flare, which was believed to be released by accident when the world was pummeled with sun flares, was intentionally set upon the as a grotesque form of population control. Needless to say, I'm eager to read the prequel to figure out why this happened.