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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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Nov022011

My Review: THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)The Death Cure by James Dashner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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?

My Review:

At first, I wasn't sure if I was completely on board with this series. Dystopian and zombies, I've been there before.

But after reading the first book in the series, THE MAZE RUNNER, and then starting the second - THE SCORCH TRIALS - I became totally hooked. Unlike other dystopian / zombie books, this series is the WHY behind the way things are. You're not left to wonder how the Earth fell to shambles. Or how the human race suddenly has a strong desire to eat one another. You read how it all happened, how the characters are trying to find a cure, and how ultimately, they triggered it all to begin with.

I thought the third and final book was fantastic. It isn't always the case that the final book in a series wraps up every loose end and ties everything off with a nice and tidy bow, making the reader feel a sense of a finality when they turned the last page. Sure it was a little tough to get used to some of the new language in the very beginning - but halfway through the first book, it completely made sense.

And now that the series is over? I will say I was 100% entertained. Loved every twist and turn - some predictable, but only there, to completely throw the reader off guard for the next one, that would then make me ask - what the hell just happened? No way. And I really enjoyed that it was almost puzzle-like, leaving me to piece together the bread crumbs along the way, only to come to the end and see if I was right. I love books like that.

Very well written, great cast of characters, and a purely unique setting the entire way through all three books. It only leaves me to wonder, what will James Dashner comes up with next? I can't wait to find out.

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