The Kill Order by James Dashner // Book Reviews

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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 OrderThe 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
Pages: 327
Source: Borrowed
2.5 stars

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.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

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.

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The chick flick inferiority syndrome // Discussions

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So I have a discussion today so it’s probably going to be more chatty than usual or… just more rambly :D As you gather from the title, I’m going to be talking about the “chick flick inferiority syndrome”. It’s just something that has been bothering me lately so I gave it a name and decided to discuss it. You might have not heard about it, but it’s likely that you have heard of it or experienced it before. Yes, I’m not the queen of explanations so I’ll just give you a situation and hopefully you’ll understand.

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Top 5 cliché lines I passionately dislike in books // Friday Five

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Today I’m going to be listing my top 5 cliché lines that I really really do not like appearing in books I read (you could call it hatred if you wanted to put a name to it). Do they annoy me? Yes. Do they engulf me in fury? Sometimes. Do they make me to scream or laugh at the characters and say, “do you actually understand the words that are coming out of your mouth?!?” Absolutely. So here I have a list of my top 5 (that I can think of at this moment) lines in books that fill me with secondhand embarrassment or just make me go urghhh…

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Book blog newbie tag // Tags

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So I wanted to post another book review, but that’s kind of difficult if you haven’t finished any books lately… I think I’m in a reading slump – I’ve literally been trudging my way through a book that I have been reading for over 2 weeks *sighs*. Since I am very new to the book blogging community, I decided it was very fitting to do the book blog newbie tag. Originally it was a booktube newbie tag, but I believe the blog blog version was altered by Love and Other Bookish Things, so thank you! My first tag (obviously not tagged by anyone), and hopefully you’ll get to know me better!

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Top 5 Popular book series I haven’t read // Friday Five

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I’m back with another Friday Five. It was actually hard to narrow down to 5 series that I’ve heard so much about – the good and the bad (mainly the wonderful stuff). I’m really looking forward to seeing for myself, and mostly hope that I really enjoy them. I decided to only choose one series per author because these are some very well known authors (and I haven’t read any of their others books either) and only chose series that were already completed. With that said, let’s actually get on with it…

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