So, WICKED is, as they say, really close to finding a Cure to the Flare Virus. But as they've come this far, Thomas and his friends aren't exactly in the safe haven they were promised; at least not yet. Then the question arises: What if WICKED isn't really good at all and their research would be better off spent on something else? And will Thomas have to undergo one last test?
Now, the book doesn't start off too good, an unnecessary long-cell-time sort of beginning that really did not need to be where it was, and this little conflict with Brenda and Jorge is very weird, but as Thomas sort of promised, I wanted to see some of WICKED not being in full control anymore and I was excited for that but skeptical if the book would actually even do so. Fortunately, it did well enough and opened up a new layer of the world we haven't seen yet. It's true, this is the last book and sometimes extra detail in the world during the last one can be excruciating, but here, it's kind of logical. Those who are immune to the Flare such as Thomas are called "Munies", the more wealthy and stuck up rich klunk, and I could sort of see that and for once, I understand the security measures these cities make to prevent the Flare from rising even higher. And there are more than a few times where I jumped at the end of a chapter and had to know what was supposed to happen next. Sometimes however, it's not a fully satisfying conclusion like Winter or Execution. (Minor spoilers) I still wanted Thomas to properly meet Ava Paige, and I wanted to know exactly who to side with in the end and couldn't pick; the Right Arm or WICKED. At least now I'm sort of on WICKED's side. Not entirely, but I sort of am, despite the fact that I didn't one bit after The Scorch Trials. And did we really have to have as much bathroom jokes as there are here? It kind of takes away from the whole experience.
This has got to be one of the most unpredictable endings to a series I've ever read. Don't get me wrong; it stays true to it's title, and in a very twisted way. The book may not make you forget entirely that there ever was a Scorch Trials because of its unnecessary potty humour but it got me a little interested in The Kill Order and kept me entertained. Plus, that ending was quite exciting, brilliant and even a little heart wrenching. I didn't cheer at the end of The Death Cure, but at least it wasn't a clunker.