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Book Review: The Kill Order

Posted on the 17 July 2012 by Storycarnivores @storycarnivores

Book Review: The Kill OrderTitle: The Kill Order
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner Series Prequel
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: 8/14/12
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
Buy the Book: The Kill Order
Shaunta’s Grade: B+

Description: Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. “The Kill Order” tells the story of that fall.

“The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before “The Maze Runner” was even complete. It’s been hard to keep it a secret! I’m excited to finally share the news and I can’t wait for my readers to see how it all began,” shared author James Dashner.(Via Goodreads)

Shaunta’s Review: I love dystopian fiction. It’s often what I write (my first novel, due out next July (!!!) is dystopian.) I jump at the chance to read it or watch it on television or at the movies. Somehow, although The Maze Runner has been on my radar ever since I read James Dashner’s amazing publishing story last year, I haven’t read it yet. When The Kill Order came up on Netgalley, and I saw it was a prequel, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I was not disappointed. This book is full of action, characters that were well drawn and that I cared about, and is a fantastic dystopian origin story. There was maybe (possibly) just a tiny bit too much action at the end. Sometimes I felt like I needed a break, and it might have been a slightly more comfortable read if a few breathing spots were built into the last third of the story. I also wish I’d read the first three books first, because I’m not certain I will love them, and I feel like I missed something in the reading of this book by not knowing things that I would have known if I read this last.

For the vast majority of the book I was excited to read it. It’s very well written. It’s obvious that the author cares about the world he’s created and the people he’s populated it with. The story is exciting and action-packed. The end was a little confusing and a tiny bit of a let down, but I bet it wouldn’t have been if I hadn’t read the books out of order. Bottom line, I finished this book and knew immediately I would read the rest of the series. What more could I ask for? (Check out Maze Runner’s incredible book trailer below. I foresee a lot of James Dashner in my future!)

WHAT I LOVED: I loved the relationship between Mark and his mentor. I loved how Mark was never quite sure that Trina loved him for him, or because he was pretty much the last boy on Earth that she knew before the sun flares. I loved the rising tension, the ever-increasing action. It reminded me, experience-wise, or watching The Walking Dead. There are no zombies in this book, but close enough, and the feel is similar. Can things get worse? Oh yes. Yes they can.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE: I didn’t get the ending, but that’s because I haven’t read the other three books. Which means that this book doesn’t entirely stand on its own. I love a trilogy or series, but I feel like each book should be able to stand alone.

GRADE: B+ I have a whole line-up of books in my TBR pile, but Maze Runner is moving to the top.

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