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The Kill Order by James Dashner

Monday, August 13, 2012
Synopsis: The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

Review: First of all, let me say this: James Dashner is a flippin’ genius. I have been a fan of James Dashner ever since I read the Maze Runner series. Then I read this book. And I became a diehard, book-stalking, fandom member and humungo fan of James Dashner. Second, here are all the things I loved (I’ll get into all the details in the fourth paragraph: I loved every inch of this book from the start to the finish. Writing style, plot, characters, character development, pacing, etc… 

Thirdly, here are all the things I didn’t like:
…you seriously thought I was going to have a negative comment about anything in this book? Yeah, NOPE.

Fourthly, here are the details on the stuff that I loved:

1.      I loved the new characters! Even though I knew their inevitable fate I was hooked in their storyline! Trina and Mark were just so… awesome! I liked how they were kind of similar to Thomas and Theresa (notice that I said KIND OF, not exactly the same). James Dashner has character development perfected to an art. The character’s personalities didn’t make me want to punch them in the face (most of them). Alex was incredibly awesome as well!
2.      The plot was just so… insane. It wasn’t one of those plots that go: “Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution”. It just has “Exposition, Rising Action, Climax. Rising Action, Climax. Rising Action, Climax.” By the time I finished the book I was above the clouds – that’s how much rising action there was! I probably have so many heart problems because of this book it’s not even funny… James Dashner should be paying for my medical bill. I didn’t even know my heart could spasm that many times.
3.      It was so interesting – but so sad – to go from the solar (sun) flares that practically destroyed the world, to the Flare that infected all the living.
4.      If you have read the Maze Runner series you know that the books constantly relied on hope (in a good way, of course). The Kill Order lacked hope – everything felt very final. This made absolute sense because everything about it was SUPPOSED to be very final.

I’m so glad that James Dashner wrote this prequel. It was definitely worth reading and I would definitely buy a paper copy reread it! I give it 5 stars.
If you live in a house, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you live in a neighborhood, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you are alive, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you can read, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you live under a rock or in a cave, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you exist, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
If you are a zombie, ghost, vampire, werewolf, or any other supernatural creature, go read this book and the Maze Runner series.
Just go read them. And love them. And be happy.

Have an amazing day! I hope y’all enjoyed!

Reviewed by: MARIA

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