REVIEW: The Kill Order (The Maze Runner 0.5) by by James Dashner

the kill order books keep me saneTitle: The Kill Order (The Maze Runner 0.5)

Author: James Dashner

Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: August 14th 2012

Purchase: Amazon (KindlePaperback)

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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.

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The Kill Order is the kind of dystopian book that I would really like. I must admit that it’s a bit more grisly than what I’m used to but there’s just something about how bleak and hopeless the situation Mark, Tina and their friends is in that captures and keeps me enthralled.

The plot of The Kill Order happened thirteen years before the Maze was built. It features a different set of characters—Mark, Tina, Lana, The Toad to name a few. At first I was hesitant to read it because I wasn’t so sure I would love the new characters. But I ended up loving them more than I expected! I wasn’t too impressed with The Maze Runner, to be honest, but I wanted to give the series another chance, and of course I was curious about how WICKED came to be.

I really love how, despite the hopelessness of the situation, Mark and his friends still kept going forward. In the book there was so much chaos and people turned on each other. They started killing each other. If the world were really about to end in real life, I think people would turn on each other too. In the book, the people were going insane and doing pretty weird things. Some of them were even very disturbing and morbid. And even if my stomach was weak when it comes to these things, I still liked the book because, well, it was so gristly. I mean, if the world were really about to end I’m pretty sure people would be at a loss and just be scared shitless, right? It’s human nature to panic and act out of fear.

“Scared. That’s good. A fine soldier is always scared. Makes you normal. It’s how you respond to it that makes or breaks you.”

And while it’s human nature to act out of fear, it’s also in their nature to band together and soldier on, no matter how hopeless and impossible the situation is.

“What kind of world has this become?”
“A really sick one.”

Just a side note though—make sure you read The Maze Runner first before you start The Kill Order. The ending might disappoint you if you don’t already have a clear idea about the bigger picture of the story before you delve into this book.

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4 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Kill Order (The Maze Runner 0.5) by by James Dashner

  1. I neeed this book. I ADORE The Maze Runner!! It’s one of my new all-time favourite trilogies, and I was totally going to borrow this book from the library, but I realised it wasn’t about Thomas pre-Maze. So I kind of shrugged and ran off to read something else. You’ve made me rethink my terrible life decision there. 😉 I’m going to read it ASAP!

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