(The Maze Runner 0.5)
by James Dashner
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Publication Date: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Dystopian
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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. (Goodreads)
Before starting the Dashner Dash read-along, I had already read the first three books in the Maze Runner series, but this was my first time reading The Kill Order. To be honest, when I first started the book, I wasn't really sure how I was going to like it, since it didn't have any of the characters I know and love from the other books in it. However, I found myself enjoying the book *and* all the new characters SO much more than I expected to. I'm super curious to continue the prequel along with The Fever Code next.
As I mentioned above, in The Kill Order, we get a completely new set of characters, all that we've never met before, but also all who are completely interesting as well. I was hooked on their story. The main character in this story's name is Mark, and the story follows him and his best friend/crush Trina, who were there in the very beginning when the sun flares ravaged the earth, and the mysterious disease started to spread. Mark reminded me of Thomas in so many ways, his strength and courage, but also with is fear and uncertainty. There are a lot of really great secondary characters in the story as well, including a little girl that I'm wondering if we are going to see more of in The Fever Code.
The storyline for the book follows much along the same storyline as The Maze Runner books, but as it is a prequel, it's the story of what happens *before* Thomas and the Maze. We find out what exactly The Flare is, and how it came to be, which seriously just about gave me a panic attack. This is something I could see happening in real life, and that's completely terrifying. The second half of the book almost gave me a major anxiety attack, there was SO much going on, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. It was INTENSE! And it left me completely wanting to know what's going to happen in the next book, where we get to see how Thomas and the Maze came to be.
Overall; I'm so glad to have finally read The Kill Order, and I'm SUPER excited to move along to The Fever Code. I'm really glad that I read/reread all the books beforehand, because everything is fresh in my mind, and I'm SO ready to see what happens next.