Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Death Cure Part 6: Shit's About to Go Down

Getting a new job!
Okie dokie, kids. I did very little reading this week. I've been busy as hell and I'm starting a new job soon I'm very excited for the new job, but there will probably need to be a revision of my update schedule. Stay
tuned for that. Anyway, on to the reading!

Chapters 26-28

I know, I know. Yes, that's all I read. Like I said, very busy. Things happening. Priorities.

Gally has just told the gang that the only doctor who can help remove or deactivate the Swipe from Thomas and Minho is being hunted by WICKED. The gang are all set to leave when Thomas tells Gally that he no longer blames Gally for anything. There's basic forgiveness, but they are still not buddies, you know? The feeling is totally mutual. They then discuss how they can help the Right Arm. Gally tells them to be back at his apartment before nine any day for the next week. He then says, "I don't think we'll make any moves before then." Thomas asks what he means by 'moves' but Gally doesn't explain, of course. No one explains shit.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Death Cure Part 5: Denver Not as Awesome as Previously Thought

Hello again, my lovelies. Tuesday has joyously come once again and with it comes another thrilling update on The Death Cure. Let's get started.

Chapters 21-25

Immediately revealing information? Unheard of!
Brenda begins by elaborating what she meant when she told Thomas that there was "something more important" waiting for them in Denver. I know what you're thinking, something is actually being revealed immediately after being brought up. No more cryptic, vague non-sense to deal with. Such a lovely concept. Anyway, she tells Thomas that there is a doctor in Denver who escaped WICKED's employ and will be able to remove the Swipe from the gang. That way, WICKED will not be able to control them in any way. She says that WICKED probably wouldn't risk activating them from so far away, but it would be better to be safe than sorry. Safety is another interesting and unheard-of concept for these damn books.

The next morning, they have a meeting between everyone on the Berg. They discuss, at length, whether or not they should go to Denver. There is a debate where Minho is opposed to going (for some reason) and Brenda is arguing for going. They eventually come to the unanimous decision to go. Then they go about their daily business of eating and whatnot.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Death Cure Part 4: Why Does Everyone Want to Shoot Thomas?

Hello and welcome back to another exciting installment of The Death Cure (read that in your best game show host voice). Let's jump right in, shall we?

Chapters 15-20

When we last left off, Brenda had made the observation that an unusual number of weapons were missing from the weapons depot. Minho suggests that it is simply because the guards knew something like this would happen and they were switching out their pistols for Launchers, which are less lethal. Brenda disagrees, telling the group that Launcher are standard equipment and there would be no reason to get more. She then brings up the oh-so-joyful fact that Cranks have broken into the facility before. They come to the assumption that this is what happened this time.
Everything about the Minho-Newt relationship is tragedy.

Newt then returns to the depot, after having left because of an argument with Minho (as you may remember). He then promptly gets into a fist fight with Minho. Minho reacts to tragedy with sarcasm, which is something I can sympathize with. He's being a dick to Newt because he doesn't want Newt to die, something else I can sympathize with. This isn't sitting well with Newt because, well, he's slowly losing his mind. Thus, conflict.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Death Cure Part 3: Everything is a Lie

We have a lot to get through today. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Chapters 8-14

So Thomas, Newt, and Minho are being marched away from Rat Man and the other Gladers by armed guards. Nothing says, "you're not prisoners here" quite the way that armed guards do. Anyway. They are shown to a room with bunk beds, a kitchenette, and a few other things. There's even food in the kitchenette. This place is a huge step up from the captivity the boys have experienced in the past. Thomas freaks because it wasn't that long ago that he was trapped in a room all by himself.

The boys get down to discussing their failed escape plan. They talk about Brenda for a bit. Newt and Minho say that she can't be trusted and she's just another WICKED stooge. Thomas disagrees (because of course he does). He thinks that she is really on their side he tells the others about what Brenda told him when she
Seriously, don't doubt how fucked up WICKED really is.
hugged him. He points out that he, too, used to work for WICKED and that they trust him, which is a good point I suppose. They then resolve to attempt to escape again the next day.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Death Cure Part 2: Thomas is a Suspicious Little Shit

Sorry for posting this so late in the day. I slept late, shit needed to be accomplished, and it's about 4000 degrees outside. It seriously shouldn't be this hot in Washington. It's just rude. Anyway, on to the reading.

Chapters 5-7

So Rat-Man has just told everyone that they are going to get their memories back. Thomas is suspicious about the intentions behind this. Then again, Thomas is suspicious of everything. The real title of this series should be Thomas is Suspicious. Anyway, Thomas, Newt and Minho all protest having their memories
Like it said, super suspicious. Great work, Thomas. You finally figured it out.
returned, thinking that it could be a trick. They also assume that their memories will be bad ones, so they want no part of them. Seems like a logical reaction after everything they have been through.

Rat-Man tells the Gladers and Group B that they have a choice. They don't have to have their memories returned if they don't want them. He reveals to them how their memories were taken in the first place. There is a mechanical device (the Swipe) that has been placed in the part of their brains that controls long-term memories. This device is also what allows WICKED to control them (remember Gally killing Chuck in book one?) and allows Thomas, Teresa, and Aris to communicate telepathically. Taking the device out means that none of this will be possible. No more control and no more telepathy.