Can you believe it? I finally finished a book and I’ve got a review for it! So The Kill Order is a prequel to The Maze Runner Series (yes I know I probably the only person still reading this series). I went into this book without high expectations and I didn’t know it contained a different set of characters to The Maze Runner Trilogy so that was a surprise. In terms of the trilogy, I really enjoyed the first book but it kind of went downhill from there… I guess I was hoping for a redemption in this prequel and hopefully understand the origins of the flare. Anyway, this is going to be a spoiler free review, and I hope you enjoy it!!!
The Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner (#0.5)
Genres: Science fiction, Dystopian
Publication: August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
I really wanted to enjoy this book and I was hoping it would get better and more exciting, but I consistently found myself getting bored and confused throughout reading. This led to much skipping or skimming of sentences as I found myself wanting it to end. I didn’t DNF it because as I said, I wished it would get better and what really frustrates we was that many of the scenes had such potential, but Dashner kept applying the same formula in creating tension and the setting which was convoluted and disjointed. Also, I don’t tend to not finish books unless I really hate it or where it’s heading towards, and I say this once more, IT LET ME DOWN!!! Too messy (in terms of the ceaseless mini conflicts scattered throughout the book), and these “plot twists” were solved too easily and quickly. If the author just slowed the pace down a bit and focused on developing less scenes, I think the premise is good enough to turn it into a solid, decent book.