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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.
It's still interesting and action packed with characters as intense as the ones we've come to know but for fans looking for more information on Thomas, Teresa, or Brenda, they might be disappointed. I was hoping for more background on the Gladers themselves.
For those readers who are just beginning the series, I would say to this is a good place to start.
For readers looking to read more on Thomas, this might be an initial disappointment. But that shouldn't stop fans of the Maze Runner Series from skipping this prequel.
The story line is excellent. Although not what I expected, I enjoyed learning about the years that brought the world from what we know today to the world of the Glads. It puts a whole new perspective on the world Thomas and the Glades lived in. I came to understand the world they grew up in and what helped create their characters.
Mark and Alec are realistic and likable characters, it took me awhile to tear away my bias as I read.( I have to admit I really wanted to know more about the Gladers!) But once I got past it- the characters of The Kill Order are strong and resilient.
This is a must read for any Maze Runner Fan!
(Warning: Review contains spoilers!)
The Kill Order by James Dasher is the prequel to his New York Times bestselling series The Maze Runner. It tackles the origin of the sun flares and the deadly mutating virus that can turn anyone into a certified Crank. However, despite Dashner's clever idea to publish a prequel that'll provide a deeper insight to the aforementioned worldwide crisis that literally wiped out more than half of the planet's population, I honestly did not see the point of this book.
READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: http://theroundtheclockperuser.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-kill-order.html
The Kill Order was much more interesting than The Maze Runner. It was not as good however. The reason I like The Kill Order is because we finally find out what was truly behind the Flare. The background book. The prequel. It has the same amount of pages as The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure.
It is also sad and strong. Most of the characters in the Kill Order are dead before The Maze Runner, assuming the survivor survived. (Want a hint? Go to the Spoiler Section of this review. Think before you look.)
The prologue was amazing. Teresa's POV freaked me out. I can't believe that she is so into WICKED. Wow. She wasn't kidding when she said, "WICKED is good." Teresa's POV was entertaining and straightforward. It's perhaps the most straightforward part of The Kill Order. It was easy to understand. Teresa is wicked. (Thomas was there.)
The main plot was told from Mark's POV. It tells of a story of a young boy forced to undergo a journey full of unknown. (Not as unknown as Thomas's journey in the Scorch Trials or The Death Cure). He finds courage and truth as the plot unfolds. He fights for his life and other lives. He believes full heartedly in the cure that will be found. He seeks the cure and then realized the truth behind the Flare and the Cranks. He finds the hidden.
The epilogue was amazing. We get to see Thomas's removal from his mother. We see how his name was created. We see the beginning of Thomas's journey. This is why this book is only the prequel.
Teresa... Only in the beginning. I really like her. I felt she was like Talia al Ghul. Except the part that Ra's al Ghul is WICKED.
Mark... He's desperate for survival. He fell hard when he found out he had the Flare. He loves Trina and for most of the book, he searches for traces of her. He wants to find the cure. (Duh.) Mark was a sweet boy in the beginning. As the events unfold, we see Mark become more and more Cranky. (Ha ha). In the end, we see a huge character change. He becomes a cold killer and a good murderer. He's an expert at survival in the end.
Trina... She doesn't do really much in The Kill Order. It's evident that Mark loves Trina. Trina loves Mark as revealed in the flashbacks. She's more of an object the main character wants or is more of the goal the main character needs to pass.
Alec... An ex-soldier. He's intelligent. Smart (I know I'm repeating this stuff). Wise. A sage. Athletic. And gun smart. He is like a mentor to Mark. Obviously, he dies in the end. He had the Flare like Mark and Trina, unfortunately.
Deedee... A minor character who affects the path of the main character. She's around five years old. That's all I am going to say about Deedee.
1) Everybody dies except for Thomas and Deedee. Again, assuming Deedee didn't die.
2) Most of the characters have the Flare.
Rating of The Kill Order: Three out of Five.
I really liked the plot, and how it explained a few details that linked with the Maze Runner (Crankheads, the origin of the disease, and immunes). Although it had parts with Thomas and Teresa in the prologue and the epilogue, it didn't really connect deeply, which is both good (freedom to write) and bad (Thomas is awesome!).
I thought that the ending was kinda sad, how everyone just died. The whole journey for Mark and Alec to the base was really worth nothing at all, as they did not pass the information on to anyone, so it just died with them. They could of spent the time they wasted doing better things, like stopping Bruce and helping Deedee and Lana. I also felt like Mark and Trina should of spent more together, as in the blurb, the book hinted it was about them, not Mark and Alec, who were never to far apart.
All in all, The Kill Order was a great edition to the Maze Runner series. If you love the Maze Runner, then it is definitely worth reading. Be warned, I think it is a good idea to read this book after the Death Cure, as in the prologue and epilogue, it reveals much of the story in Maze Runner that would spoil the surprise. :)
-To find out one of the first immunes, Deedee, and how everything came to be