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Written by Connie Skibinski
Thomas is the protagonist and main character of the series. Thomas is considered the 'chosen one' of the WICKED experiments, as he is being used against his will to discover a cure that will make mankind immue to the disastrous effects of the flair. Thomas is extremely compassionate and kind-hearted, as he is willing to risk his life to save his friends. In 'The Death Cure', Thomas is put to the ultimate test as he has to watch his friend Newt suffer, deal with Theresa's betrayal, and help lead his friends to safety.
Newt is one of the main characters in the Maze Runner trilogy. He is described as being tall and muscly, with blonde hair, a strong British accent, and a lift from his attempted suicide. Typically, Newt is friendly, open and approachable. He is close friends with Thomas and takes on a position of authority, helping himself and his fellow Gladers navigate a series of difficult situations. Throughout 'The Death Cure', Newt is uncharacteristically quiet and forlorn, compared to his optimistic persona in 'The Maze Runner' and 'The Scorch Trials'. This is because Newt is distraught due to the news that he is now immune to the deadly flare, meaning he will soon undergo insanity and painful death. Throughout The Death Cure, Newt often feels hopeless, to the extent where he urges his friend Thomas to kill him in order to end his misery.
Teresa is the only female glader from group A. She is smart, quick-witted and resourceful. She is also described as being very beautiful, with burning blue eyes, pale skin and dark black hair. In 'The Death Cure', Teresa adopts the role of traitor, and becomes misguided and difficult to trust. She often struggles with her conscience, as she is unsure of who to trust. At the end of the novel she dies while saving Thomas, as she is crushed in an explosion. This selfless act shows that she truly cared about Thomas and the others.
Minho is also a former glader, and a close friend of Thomas and the others. He is extremely sarcastic and quick-witted but deeply loyal. He is also very practical and very stealthy and fast, as he used to be keeper of the runners. He often uses his speed to avert disaster, however, he faces extreme pain when struck by a lightning bolt. His determination is exemplied through his persistence and determination to fight back, despite being almost killed by lightning. At the end of the novel Minho takes on a position of control and authority, as he assumes leadership over the Immunes.
Janson is the main antagonist in the series. He is a high-ranking official working for WICKED and continuously exploits, threatens and harms Thomas and the other gladers. He is extremely persistant and will do what ever it takes to find a cure to the flare, even if this means harming and possibly killing a group of innocent teenagers. He is described as physically repulsive, with the distinct characteristics of a rat, giving him the nick name Rat Man. He is also extremely violent and sadistic, as he takes pleasure in causing Thomas pain.
Brenda is a key character who helps Thomas and the gladers get to safety. She is immune to the flare, meaning that she is one of the few people in the scorch who is sane and in control of herself. She is described as being very pretty, with long brown hair and bright dark eyes. Throughout the novel, Thomas and Brenda become very close. Although their relationship status is ambiguous, it appears that they progress from friends to romantic interests, as the book ends with them embracing as they gaze at the sunset.
Vince led the Right Arm, an organisation opposing WICKED. He is described as large and muscular, with a very deep voice. He provides great help to the Gladers, as he comes up with a plan to trick WICKED and allow Thomas and the others to infiltrate the heavily guarded building. He is also a natural leader, as exemplified through his ability to think clearly under pressure, give orders and consider potential problems and issues.
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