Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Kill Order (Maze Runner #0.5)

Author: James Dashner

Date Published: August 14th, 2012

Pages: 327


     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

Genre: Dystopian


     I was very excited to read this book, one because I love James Dashner, and two because I loved the Maze Runner series(other than the really fast ending to The Death Cure).  I had very high hopes for this books, and my expectations were almost all met. Almost.  This may sound geeky, but I wish James would have delved deeper into the sciencey part behind the cure. Maybe it's just me...
     I really liked how James Dashner made a story of what happened with (almost) all new characters. Like always, he won me over, although I always have felt that he makes things a little too obvious in his writing. Maybe I'm just really good at guessing what's going to happen.
    I thought that the plot and the characters were excellently thought out and articulated.  At first, I was kind of disappointing that the book wasn't all about Thomas and Teresa before they went into the maze, but then I fell in love with Mark and the gang.  I felt so close to them; it was just like Thomas and Teresa.  Mark and Trina were so adorable together! It was like they were made for each other!
      One thing I wish James Dashner would have included was more on Thomas. We already find out a lot about Teresa, but I was not satisfied with the measly end chapter about Thomas.  I guess that was left to our imagination.
     The ending of the book was very sad, yet I expected it the whole time.  I was sad to lose the characters that were lost but they would have just ended up getting the Flare too. The was they died was much more gallant.  
     Because I just love James Dashner, and I love the Maz Runner Trilogy, and the story, and the characters, and most of the end of this book. I will give it...

Rating: ★★★★

Happy Reading,
Alivia :)

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