Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Kill Order By James Dashner
Published-Delacorte Press
Released- Aug 14th 2012
Pre-Order- Amazon / Barnes & Noble /Chapters

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall.

“The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before "The Maze Runner" was even complete. It's been hard to keep it a secret! I'm excited to finally share the news and I can't wait for my readers to see how it all began," shared author James Dashner.

My Thoughts:
The Kill Order is the much anticipated prequel to The Maze Runner series by the incredible James Dashner. I can't even begin to express how badly I wanted this book. Dashner is one of my all time favorite authors. He's the reason I found my love for post-apocalyptic/dystopic books which provoked me to want to read more in this genre.

This installment takes place thirteen years prior to the initial time setting of the series, which was before Thomas and the Glade, and even before WICKED was created. We follow new characters, Mark and Alec and a group of teenagers battling to survive the aftermath of the Sun Flares. To add more to their already difficult lives, one day a Berg comes out of nowhere and starts shooting darts, killing and effecting everything in its path. The Flare Virus.
Mark, Alec and a couple of the remaining survivors hunt down where the Berg came from, to demand answers as to why these people are spreading a virus when the world is already in horrendous devastation. During their journey they see how the virus is affecting people and all the different reactions it causes - from graphic brutalized pain to bizarre hallucinations. Along the way, they do manage to rescue a little girl named Deedee, who miraculously seems to be immune.

This is where it all begins...

Wow! What a prequel! This book is a roller coaster of non-stop action and heart pounding desperation. I'll admit, I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I found out that a prequel was in the works. I was a bit nervous to read about new characters knowing their inevitable fate. But leave it to Dashner to have me totally consumed by Mark and Alec's journey. Dashner doesn't hold back. This book is filled with thick agony, madness and the twisted minds of unhinged people. I couldn't help feeling so sickened by all the sadness and furious about the unnecessary tactics that caused these people so much grief and despair. A part of me kind of wished that Dashner would have written about Thomas and Teresa or even Newt and Minho. What they meant to WICKED, how they contributed to the plans and life for them before the Glade.
The Maze Runner had one constant. Hope. It's what drove the readers to battle it out till the very last book. But for The Kill Order, it felt very fatal, very final. In the end, I'm glad that Dashner decided to share this story. It may feel hopeless, but it wasn't pointless by any means. This is a story for fans who are curious to know why WICKED was born. Why it was good. It's the birth of the Flare Virus and where we learn that certain characters played a vital role in the protection of others.

Overall, there is no happy ending, but fans of The Maze trilogy already know that, so it’s no surprise. This was a heart breaking and terrifying glimpse into a world that has been utterly destroyed. But it's also a story about fighting for humanity and survival till the bitter end.

So, with a heavy heart, I'm finally able to let this series go. It's been a fascinating and thrilling adventure.
Fans of The Maze Runner trilogy are going to want to experience this prequel because it's a definite gem for their collection!

I can't wait to see what James Dashner has planned next!

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  1. I really need to read this series. =/

    Awesome review, as always, Tina. :)

    1. Thanks Joy! I love what Dashner does for this genre!!
      Hope you enjoy!

  2. Glad that its laced with hope.
    I need to pick this one up, I enjoyed Maze Runner.
    Thanks for review, Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. This was a brilliant look at the beginning of it all. I did kinda of missed the funky lingo though;) Thankies!:)

  3. I've never read The Maze Runner, but I've heard very good things about it and plan to do so soon. :) I'm pleased you enjoyed the sequel; it sounds like a fun, action-packed read. :) Excellent review!

    1. Oh, my mistake! I meant prequel. :)

    2. Thanks Leanne!:) This book really did complete the experience. I hope if you do end up reading the series that you enjoy Thomas and the gang as much as I did:)

  4. I've never read The Maze Runner series, Tina. I've always been a bit afraid to start it. It seems very dark. I glad you enjoyed this and am wondering if I started The Maze Runner series, should I read this first?

  5. The Maze books are dark, but in that adventurous gotta survive this kinda way. I think the hardest part for some readers is getting past the funky lingo, I personally loved it, but I know some who just didn't care for it. I think you'd really like it Rach:)
    You could read The Kill Order and understand it, but I think you'd be able to appreciate this book more if you understood what Thomas and the group had to go through:) Happy reading!!

  6. I read The Maze Runner, but I haven't gotten to the rest of the trilogy yet. I really liked it though, so I can't wait to read this one as well!

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