The Kill Order by James Dashner
Rating: 2 Stars
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
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 can describe this book to you in a single word: disappointment. With a big capital D. See, the thing is, The Maze Runner was one of my favorite series ever… until the last book, which I hated. So the only reason I picked this book up was in hope that it would redeem the series for me and answer my bajillion questions. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The Kill Order just failed to live up to The Maze Runner.
I think the thing that bothered me the most about this book was that it was not about Thomas and the rest of the Gladers. You would think that it would be, right? That’s what I was hoping for. Instead, this book is about some random people that I’m not 100% sure are connected to Thomas or anyone else. And because we don’t know anything about this set of characters, we’re left with even more questions. Sure, a few of my questions about the world building and all that were answered in this book, but I just ended up with so many more questions about everything in the series and specifically this book that will never be answered now.
The Kill Order along with having a new set of characters, had a ton of action. Non stop action, actually. If you know me, you’ll know that I love action in books. But even me, the teenager who loves action, thought that there was just. too. much. On every page, there was something going on, and I’m going to be honest… I got bored. I lost intrest in the book, because nothing else was going on besides the action. Sure, action is fantabulous, but there’s a limit to how much you can have in a single book
Overall, I just could not bring myself to enjoy The Kill Order, even though I enjoyed the first two books of the series so much. We were left with a bajillion more questions, and there was way too much action for me to even remotely enjoy this book. If you don’t mind either of those two things, then you should give this book a shot, otherwise, I would pass this one up if I were you.