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by James Dashner

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Title:The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
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The Kill Order by James Dashner

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The main character, Mark, lives in a post-solar-flare world where ice caps thawed into the oceans, land shrank due to the water of the oceans, and people started new beginnings. As the government is no more, a secret government attempts to kill off some of the people as the earth is still overpopulated. Things took a turn for the worse when the supposed quick and painless virus began to live longer inside of the human brain, forcing people with the disease to suffer until they died. As Mark and his group of friends investigate who and what has caused this, they begin to long for hope for a cure. I recommend this generally to all teenagers. It is good to read about friendship and creativity. This book would also be good for adults that enjoy adventure or trivial fiction. ( )
  lchs.mrso | May 21, 2014 |
Although this is listed as a prequel to the Maze Runner series, it does not have any of the characters from Maze Runner except the last 3 pages - which is really unnecessary. The first 2/3 of the book is well developed & descriptive. Unfortunately the end of the book seems rushed & the author in a hurry to wrap things up with a simplistic ending thats anticlimactic at best. But after reading the whole series, I should have realized that as Dashner's weakness. He did the samething in book #3 of the trilogy. ( )
  CMBlaker | May 6, 2014 |
Mark struggles with Trina and Alec to make sense of and survive in this virus filled world after solar flares. More a book for boys than girls but a good read for anyone. Friendship, doing the right thing, and making life count made this book more interesting than one would think given the crumbling civilization. A good prequel to the Maze Runner as it is different enough to be a totally different book and not just another in the series. ( )
1 vote SparklePonies | Apr 11, 2014 |
I suppose it was somewhat refreshing to continue, or should I say start, the story line but with different characters. Intriguing to say the least.

I will admit, I never really thought about the effect the solar flares would have on the world before W.I.C.K.E.D and how the virus came to be - it was refreshing to get an insight into Dashner's mind and world.

Although, this being said, not as shocking nor as brilliant as the first one. ( )
  LaurenKathryn | Mar 31, 2014 |
I listened to the audiobook because I knew I would never get around to actually reading it. I decided to listen to the book when a coworker told me that Mark ends up being Thomas in the end. Which is not true. Mark is Mark and Thomas is Thomas, and really, Thomas has nothing to do with this book. In her defense, she hasn't read the book yet, it was her brother who told her that. So I'm just gonna go with she misunderstood her brother, because one of the characters do end up being someone from The Maze Runner, but not Thomas. And unless you get some special edition of The Kill Order, you would not know this unless you look it up online (like I did because I was so confused).

I really don't know how to discuss this book. As a book by itself, it's not that bad. If I read this book before I read The Maze Runner, I probably would have liked it more.

The only thing the book really adds to The Maze Runner series is it gives more information on what happened right after the sun flares hit and how the virus was introduced to the world. Now, looking back, it was actually kind of boring. There's a lot of action, and between the action is Mark and Alec resting to get their strength back before they go back for more action to save Trina, Lana, and DeeDee.

Now. There is an epilogue. I was so confused after listening to the epilogue that I had to go back and listen to it again. It has nothing to do with Mark or Trina, Alec or Lana. It's about Thomas. It made no sense to me why the epilogue was even there. It really adds nothing to the story and just left me more confused.

Since I was so confused I started reading reviews, and found out that there was a special Barnes and Nobles edition of The Kill Order, and after the acknowledgements there is an additional scene that actually ties The Kill Order to The Maze Runner. If you didn't get the special edition (like me) then I highly suggest looking it up. It would have made a lot more sense for that special edition scene to be the epilogue, because it leads up to The Maze Runner perfectly (a lot better than the actual epilogue).

So, to sum up my feelings for the series: I really enjoyed The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials was okay, The Death Cure pissed me off, and The Kill Order barely adds anything to the series (unless you go digging around the internet and find that special edition scene). ( )
  taleofnight | Mar 15, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385742886, Hardcover)

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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