Review: The Kill Order [The Maze Runner Series Prequel #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 31, 2017

Title: The Kill Order Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2012 Summary: 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    The Kill Order is the fourth book of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and the events inside take place thirteen years before the beginning of Book 1.    It follows a group of people have that are trying to survive in a world ravaged by solar flares, tsunamis and whatnot which turned the…

Review: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner Series #3] 5/5 (1)
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 28, 2017

Title: The Death Cure Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2011 Summary: It’s the end of the line. WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. Will anyone survive? What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. The truth will be terrifying. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.  The time for lies is over.      The Death Cure is the third and final book of the James Dasher‘s series The Maze Runner. Unfortunately, I cannot say it was the best one. While it did maintain the quick pace and action-packed chapters there were a few things that kind of broke my heart. But we’ll get to that in a bit.      The Death Cure plot starts with Thomas who had been kept in isolation and finally released by the ‘Rat man’ – Assistant Director Janson.  Thomas and…

Review: The Scorch Trials [The Maze Runner Series #2]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 24, 2017

Title: The Scorch Trials Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2010 Summary: The Maze was only the beginning… Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety… until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated–and with it, order–and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim… and meal. The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the…

Review: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner Series #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 21, 2017

Title: The Maze Runner Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2009 Summary: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade — a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up — the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.      The Maze Runner by James Dashner is hands down one of the best and most thrilling books (and series) I’ve ever read. Filled with action, increasing tension and an amazing…

Review: The Lie Tree
All , Children Literature , Fantasy , Mystery / December 14, 2017

Title: The Lie Tree Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Children Fantasy Publication date: 2015 Summary: The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her. When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter…      I stumbled upon The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge in a second-hand book store while browsing for an undervalued books to add to my never-ending home library(most books there are still waiting to be read, if you must know but that’s another story). What grabbed my attention was the weird cover and the mystery-infused summary. And that was just the tip of the iceberg.      When I first opened the book I was on the defense since I read it is a children’s…

Review: The Mist
All , Horror , Thriller / December 7, 2017

Title: The Mist Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror/Thriller Publication date: 1980, 1985, 2007 Summary: It’s a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun.  Then comes the mist…creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements.  What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project—the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you’re forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?     For those who don’t know, The Mist is a horror novella by the king of horror stories as they call him, Stephen King. Okay, maybe they don’t actually call him that but we have to admit that when we think of horror books the first name that comes to mind along with Lovecraft, Shelly and other personal favorites is Stephen King.       The Mist…