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[Book Review] - The Kill Order by James Dashner

   Author: James Dashner
   Series: #0.5 - The Maze Runner
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: August 14th, 2012
   My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

     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.

My Review:

     The Kill Order I was nervous of because Thomas and Teresa didn't seem to take part in this novel. And I was right, for the most part. The book focuses on Mark, Trina, Alec, Lana, and a few other friends; and all the events that happened to play part before WICKED was formed. Well I should say while WICKED was forming. My huge hesitation on this book was far far from justified, I enjoyed this book and how it explain

     The introduction to this book is what had me hooked. It starts after the Flare, after everyone has tried to come together and seem to be working together in the long hot days. How the group shows up and starts the beginning of the book, and plunges the whole story into chaos is just outstanding. I love how Dashner just introduced the characters and immediately plunges them all into peril.

     Throughout the book, we get to see pieces of the past. How Mark and Alec became friends and just how important those two are to each other. Than Mark and Trina how they find each other and seem to bond together as a couple and friends in all the devastation. The dreams Mark has tell the past of how their group survived the Flare and even more throughout trials of time. Each ordeal made me realize just how deadly the world had become, and through the beginning years after the Flare how the people turned on each other to live.

     The Cranks are even explained in this book, even though I don't believe they are given that name in this book. I didn't make the connection at first, but when more of the Cranks appeared and how they manifested and their nature just took me by surprise. James Dashner did a brilliant job with this book and explaining just how everything began.

     I don't want to go into the rest of the book, because it may give away some of the information of who one of the characters is, and why this story is important is to some of the bits. However, I don't know if someone read this book before The Maze Runner if they would understand the story better. If someone wants to try this and hasn't read the series, I would appreciate it if you told me what you thought of the story and if reading The Kill Order helped or not. Anyways, the book is great!
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