Of course there was no way it was over. After the first two books, you knew it was impossible for WICKED’s evil games to be over just like that. Wicked is good. Yeah right… By this point of the trilogy, I found that statement very hard to believe. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Thomas after everything he’s been through.
We finally see how the real world really looks like beyond The Scorch. We get to see the safe areas, also known as the remaining civilizations after The Flare, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of them. Majority of the human population has been infected and were now Cranks and way past the Gone, or on their way there if not yet already. In Thomas’ world, nobody could be trusted. To be honest, all the betrayal really got to me after having been with Thomas’ journey since Day 1 of The Maze. I, too, knew I couldn’t trust anyone anymore, not even The Gladers. Trusting people eventually became very tiring and futile.
The ending satisfied me, for the most part. Some deaths really frustrated me because I got attached to certain characters and losing them was a blow (Newt, really?!). However, I feel like the trilogy ended just the way it should’ve.
There are over two hundred of us and we’re all immune. It’ll be a good start. —Brenda
That quote from Brenda basically summed up the final chapters. The Trials were finally over. No more betrayals, no more games. A new hope. It wasn’t the happiest ending, I mean, after all those trials, I did wish for an actual Cure to be found. But I guess, losing our Humanity was too steep a price to pay for The Cure. Morality, despite the terrible times, won. And that spoke volumes, and I think that’s what James Dashner wanted to get across.
It was an ending, but also a new beginning.