Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5) by James Dashner

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)The Kill Order by James Dashner

SUMMARY: Goodreads

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.

To begin with I have heard so many different opinions from other reviewers that what I once was expecting this book to be about was not at all what I was expecting when I started reading. I was expecting this to be about Teresa and Thomas as they worked to create the Maze and more about Newt, Ably, and the others before the Maze. But what I discovered after listening and reading other bloggers ARC reviews was that this was not at all what The Kill Order was about.

So as I began to read I didn't have the same expectations that the others had. I went into it open minded. This was probably a good thing for Mr. Dashner because I ended up really liking it. But that's not to say there weren't some parts that I had to pinch myself to keep from falling asleep because it told the same thing about 3 times in a row in 3 different paragraph's and made me just want to scream "GET ON WITH IT! I know what the berge landing site looks like already. I got it the first time!!!!!" *Face Palm*

In a round about open minded way it WAS about Teresa and Thomas and their track to the Maze. It just went a round about way from the view of Mark, Trina, Alec, Lana, and a few others trying to survive after the sun flares hit the Earth wiping out everything as they knew it. A year passes and they are living in a small settlement of people when a berg appears and starts shooting darts at them. Mark and Alec jump on board and crash it. But by the time they make it back they find out that the darts where meant to intentionally infect people with...yep... "The Flare". The people who didn't die initially, became crazy zombie like sick people. That's when Mark, Trina, Alec, and Lana start out on a journey to find the cause of the virus and along the way they pick up an important person.

If you haven't read the entire series I wouldn't start with this one. Because there were things that were in this book that answered a lot of questions from the first three. I wouldn't want you to lose the fun of trying to figure it all out. That's the best part, right? :) And knowing what I knew before going into this book, I thank the other bloggers who read it before me because it really did make it a better book by not having those "preconceived" ideas about it.

I gave this 4 Daisy's because like I said before it moved so slow in places that I wanted to take a nap.  

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Anonymous said...

The Kill Order! I just saw this in a newsletter, and I didn't even know it was part of a series. Good to know. Thanks!

Samantha said...

Me neither.. I might have to read this series.

Lectus said...

I enjoyed all the Dashner's books but somehow I can't bring myself to go back and read about the beginning of this when I already read the end!