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The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) (edition 2012)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Overall disappointing. Bland characters, and the story just did not live up to expectations for a Maze Runner prequel.

Official review to come... ( )
  jljaina | Oct 7, 2015 |
When I heard there was a prequel I was hoping it would be more about WICKED and designing the Maze and all the other trials to get ready for the ventures ahead. However, it was before that, when the virus was infecting people with flashbacks to when the sun flares first hit. I'm not saying it wasn't interesting, I just thought there would be more going on with WICKED and less with prologue-type stuff. It doesn't add too much to the whole storyline of the Maze Runner books but not a bad read to pass the time. And Mark is a better protagonist than Thomas in my opinion. ( )
  AdorablyBookish | Aug 29, 2015 |
You need to read this one but well ..... ummm is about all that I can say. What an ending!

Please see all of my reviews at https://blessedandbewildered.wordpress.com ( )
  ZoeSchoppa | Jul 26, 2015 |
The Kill Order is the first prequel to The Maze Runner series, soon to be followed by The Fever Code. This book takes place 13 years prior to the events of The Maze Runner and, although I have read many reviews that expressed disappointment because of the lack of connection between this book and the trilogy, but there is a connection. It comes at the very beginning and at the very end, but it brings it all together. This provides some excellent backstory to The Maze Runner.

The story takes place long before the Maze and the Glade, even before WICKED came into being. The majority of the story occurs after the sun flares have hit the earth, when groups of people have created new communities and have struggled to survive. The story of the flares and the immediate aftermath is told through memories of the past, giving the reader a taste of the horror and chaos of the time, the struggle to survive not just the flares, but some of humanity's worst.
Most of the story is centered around Mark, Alec, Trina, and Deedee, along with other members of their group. They have struggled, but, with the others, they have created new lives for themselves. Until the day that a government Berg (an aircraft) shows up and begins shooting darts at them, darts that seem to be filled with some kind of poison. Once again, their lives are turned on edge and they are fighting to survive.

This is a book that shows humanity both at its best and at its worst. There is madness and agony, pain and loss. There are those who will do most anything in the name of the greater good, and those that see things differently and fight for their beliefs.

While it is true that the connections to the main series are only in the beginning and the end of the book, I think that the story told in this book sets the stage for The Maze Runner books. It explains so much about how the world came to be as it is in ways that the main series does not. I think it adds a lot to the overall story.

My Recommendation: I read this prior to beginning The Maze Runner and it definitely set the stage for it, although I do think that it could be read after the main series. ( )
  Kiki870 | Apr 13, 2015 |
(See Sock Puppet). This Science Fiction book is a prequel to the series "The Maze Runner". In the book, you are brought back to a world where people are trying to rid themselves of this virus that causes them to slowly go crazy, and eventually die. A group of four people, who found themselves in the subway tracks after "the flare" went off, and caused power to go out in the city, race through towns and cities in order to find a safe haven from all this madness. The virus was not sent out with the flare. The flare was just a heat wave that wiped out a handful of the population. After the group found a place to stay, their town was bombarded by the government, who shot darts at the people, in which contained this infectious disease. The disease was also very contagious, and there was no cure for it. Everyone was waiting for the inevitable. The four friends get out of the town, and try to find another place to be safe. In doing so, they come across a young girl who was immune to the disease. They take her with them as they try to fight the government who did this to them, meanwhile all four of them are slowly starting the feel the effects of the virus. Eventually, they get to a place where they can send the little girl to the good government because she obviously is not catching the disease. They think that she would be able to help find a cure. After sending her away, the book does not talk about what happens to the four friends. However, the girl is now involved in the program to help find a cure. This is how she meets Thomas, and the beginning of planning the maze trials. ( )
  BethWal94 | Apr 11, 2015 |
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A Letter from James Dashner: Top Ten Things I’d Want During the Apocalypse
10. Very, very strong sunglasses.

9. Lots of plastic to wrap around my house.

8. A stranger taken in who happens to be the smartest, ablest doctor in a thousand years.

7. A server containing every show that’s ever been on HBO and a nice entertainment system on which to watch it all.

6. An e-reader loaded with 5,000 books.

5. A generator and a gas refinery next door to provide fuel so I can watch all those shows and charge my e-reader.

4. Deodorant that smells like a rotting dead body so zombies think I’m just one of them.

3. Lifetime supplies in my basement of the following: hot dogs, Almond Joys, potato chips, and Mountain Dew.

2. A cloaking device to hide my house from the tyrannical, evil, bloodthirsty government that will inevitably spring up.

1. Oh, and my wife and kids.

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