Title: The Kill Order
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication date: 2012
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 everything we know in an unfavorable place at the expense of millions of lives. In this group are Mark and Trina, childhood neighbors and friends(also lovers), seasoned ex-soldiers Alec and Lana (convenient!), and other stray teenagers Darnell, the Toad, and Misty. They are living in a settlement out in the woods with other people.
While Dashner stays again true to his fast-paced, suspenseful style I am afraid that this book was the worst one for me. I started reading it hoping for answers to the unanswered questions in Books 1, 2 and 3. That didn’t happen, unfortunately.
So I expected the book to shine with remarkable characters at least – The Maze runner undoubted had a few, Thomas, Newt and Minho among them. I can’t say I got that either.
I mean, Mark was okay but he and Trina reminded me a bit too much of Thomas and Teresa and I didn’t really want to read the same book with slightly different circumstances.
What I did like though is the way the Flare was distributed among the masses. The idea about the bergs just hovering over and shooting people with it – awesome 😀 (in a bad, terrible way, of course). I mean, I liked how it was described and how it all went down. Mark, for all his niceness and knight-on-a-white-horse qualities, is kind of a dull but I loved seeing this moment in his eyes.
Also, later on when two of their friends got affected by the Flare and they died in a creepy, horrible death. Remarkable descriptions there too. I don’t know if that makes me weird or creepy but it seems the best moments(for me) of the book is where people were dying. The rest was kind of meh.
So to put it plain, until the virus was released the book was kind of a drag for me. I woke up when the bergs came and shot them with the virus and Mark went after the Bert to find who is doing this and why.
From there on things got interesting as they ventured to find a cure and to escape getting infected themselves.
There were some memorable moments, for example, when they met the crazed cult dancing around a fire who also wanted to sacrifice a child thinking she is the devil for being immune to the virus that infected everybody else. Another awesome moment was much later on when Mark and Alec went to rescue Trina and Lana(Trina always seems to be in the need of a rescue btw) and they had to get through all kinds of cranks.
The tension and suspension was on max there as I honestly didn’t know what would happen and who will die. Unlike other books where I can tell who is definitely going to survive and who is not, this book was not one of them.
I never expect much from prequels especially when I had loved the series so I wasn’t too disappointed with this one. Still, it was entertaining for the most part and it did make my blood pumping hard on a couple of occasions so I would give it a 3/5 rating.
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on The Kill Order?