The Fever Code by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner (#0.6)
Genre: Science fiction
Publication: September 27th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.
I found this book slightly better than its prequel: The Kill Order. However, all my expectations went down the drain and none of the questions I wanted answered actually were. A lot of the novel was repetitive with information readers would have gathered from reading the original trilogy. This could just be me. A few exciting scenes here and there. Perhaps this series has just lost its appeal for me.
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I hope you’ve had a good start to the week and I’ve got another book review today on The Crown, the last instalment of The Selection Series! It was a very light read and helped me get back to reading from my reading slump – that was a nightmare. Anyway, I’ve had a pretty meh experience reading this series, yet I still find myself finishing this series. I’ve been trying to pinpoint why I’ve continued – 5 books!! I’ve stayed through (though to be fair it could have been condensed to 2 or 3 books). Also this is going to be a spoilery review because I really need to discuss the revelations in this book, but I’ll mark that section in BIG WRITING so if you haven’t read the book yet, you can keep reading until I say so. OR if you don’t have any intention reading it or just don’t care, you can read the spoilers :D
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection (#5)
Genres: Science fiction, Romance
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
If I were to put it simply; I was not completely satisfied with this ending to the series even though I wasn’t expecting much. Also this review is going to spoil the previous books of the series so you may want to leave if you don’t want to be spoiled on America’s story. Okay, so this book begins after the events of America’s health scare and Eadlyn still has her selection going on, although it felt like the section was a side plot because it was so neglected. This book was very easy to get through and there were some times I was amused, however I found myself slipping into this phase of reading when after the chapter finished, I would be like what just happened… and go back to skim the words. Also, I felt the issues explored in this story like the lack of people’s choice in the monarchy, the relationship between countries and Eadlyn’s choice in the selection, were too straightforward and solved too simplistically, and unrealistic. The outcomes also seemed forced, as though they only happened because the author wanted it to.
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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 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.
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