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Book Review: The Kill Order

Title: The Kill Order
Author: James Dashner
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 4.5 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.


       I'd just like to reiterate the fact that— I AM SUCH A HUGE MAZE RUNNER FAN!!! And I totally got shattered into a million pieces when I finished the TMR trilogy, which is exactly the reason why it took me too long to give the Kill Order a try—because— let's rewind a bit:

       Last year, when I finished the last page of The Death Cure, all I could do is put the book down on the table, sob a bit, then walk to the corner of the room, hug my knees, and just feel empty.  I literally //did not know how to feel//— I was so frustrated, yet I sort of accepted that it had to end that way. I was so incredibly torn and I felt pretty numb inside.

       ^^^So you can tell that I didn't want to go //through that road again//; at least not yet. It was honestly too traumatic, and I care for the series too much that it's painful *cries*

       So I dunno what made me brave again to face the new horrors that James Dashner has in store for his readers, but I was too in love in the series to really completely avoid this prequel. So the inevitable happened, and I finally read this book.

     So I found this book incredibly interesting, especially the time period it was set in— so it's practically set in the time before WICKED, even before the Flare; just a short period after the sun flare phenomena took place.  

       The book is about Mark and his adventures— his efforts to survive the sun flare-ridden Earth, that left billions devastated all over the planet— and the viral disaster that came afterwards  The way he described the new world was just so horrifying; he really did paint a vividly terrifying picture of the world in my mind.  

 If you think about it: James Dahsner is very skilled in creating a specific atmosphere with mere words— if you watched the movie (if you didn't you really should), however epic and grand the entire set/ mood of the film was— that's exactly how you imagined it or pictured it to be! That's because it's how the author illustrated his world with letters and punctuation marks— the fact that we all vividly visualised the Maze Runner world, and clearly came into an agreement as readers, that this is how amazing Dashner's universe is, shows how compelling and effective he is in world-building, and how talented of a writer he is.

         Something that I always say about Dashner's writing is that he's effective in stirring up emotion— especially frustration— and he didn't disappoint when I read this book. This post-apocalyptic world that he created scared the heck out of me— and the emotions that Mark had, just felt so real to me: the outrage, the anger, the frustration, the misery, the tiredness, and more. I felt the same emotions.

         Reading this book was, indeed, very stressful— there's so much struggle in trying to stay alive, in fighting the Cranks, in finding out who's turning into a Crank, in finding out what really is going on. You definitely could feel Mark's fatigue, and his I'm so done with this world mood is very contagious— but you can't really let go of the book because, there's much more pages left, and you really want to know what happens next, and how it ends. 

         I don't really have a concrete opinion over the romances that Dashner writes, because, in his previous books, the relationships hardly develop enough for you to be satisfied— because before you finally are about to feel satisfied, a lot of klunk happens.  What was different with this book from the rest in the TMR series is, that there's an already established romance that's happening at the very start of the book— but again, klunk happens so you don't really get to read much about it.  As a reader, you're just naturally rooting for them and hoping for their happiness, and as usual, you get frustrated because it usually doesn't happen. Especially with James Dashner. *cries in the distance because Thomas x Teresa didn't happen*

          There definitely were a lot of plot twists; especially with that entire Trina/amnesia thing that Dashner pulled off— it's seems pretty cliche at first, but it actually works— AND THAT ENDING. ohmigosh even if the entire amnesia thing is pretty common, that ending still surprised me. 

             I remember I was shocked/confused/surprised with this book and ughhh.  I'm starting to feel the emotions & feels again.  James Dashner, this is what you did to me.

            It never sunk into me, when I finished this book, that it's over— this is the end of Dahsner's hair-raising world.  I never even thought about the fact that it's ended, nothing's left (I already read the Maze Runner files btw), nada.

       Good thing, though, because WHEN JAMES DASHNER ANNOUNCED THAT HE'S WRITING ANOTHER BOOK, THE FEVER CODE— I wanted to cry tears of joy!!

              Goodness gracious James Dashner, you really toyed with my emotions.

           So pretty much, I've started counting down for September 18, 2015, and I'm not writing an ending for this review, that's about my journey towards acceptance that TMR's over, because I'm not willing to accept it. Not anytime soon. 

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