The Kill Order by James Dashner: Review

Posted August 22, 2012 by Kylie in book review, Uncategorized / 4 Comments

The Kill Order by James Dashner: ReviewThe Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #0.5
Published by Delacorte Press on 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Young Adult, Survival Stories, Social Issues, Friendship, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 329
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Delacorte Press

I received this book for free from Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Read the fourth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O'Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The Scorch Trials, will soon be a movie that hits theaters September 18, 2015! Also look for James Dashner's newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. They thought the end came in a flash. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population. The worst is yet to come. Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage. There is no cure. No escape. They're convinced that there's a way to save those who are left—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 end is only the beginning. Praise for the Maze Runner series: "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."— “Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday “[A] nail-biting must-read.”— “Breathless, cinematic action.” Publishers Weekly “Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” Kirkus Reviews “Exclamation-worthy.” Romantic Times
[STAR] “James Dashner's illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred

Wow. I think a book has just broken my heart for the first time. Truly. It took me two days to get over it and move on to something new.

James Dashner has the enviable ability to capture his reader’s attention from the first page and hold it to the last word. He keeps the reader guessing from one page to the next. I am a HUGE fan of the Maze Runner series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Kill Order. That said, The Kill Order was not what I was expecting. It was also more than I had hoped for.

I am bursting with both great pride and complete disappointment in humanity. I want to cry and clap and soak up every beautiful thing this world has to offer. Mostly I want to hug my babies and read up on the probability of solar flares. Perpetually prepared: that’s my motto!

Oh, that Dashner. He did not disappoint! If you loved the Maze Runner Series, you need to read this book. The world-building is strong enough to build a mental picture, but doesn’t overwhelm the story or add unnecessary length. The primary characters are well-developed and relatable.

Dashner’s main protagonist, Mark, is a strong boy with a huge heart. He is rational and selfless and, while not overly brave, he acts when most would crumble. He is kind when the world is mean. I found him to be a very believable character. The romance between Mark and Trina is mild. This is an intense, action-packed story that leaves little room for snuggles and tender moments. I didn’t feel the story was lacking because of this. On the contrary, the action had my heart pounding and I devoured the book in a few sittings.

If you are expecting a book about the creation of The Maze or more on the Thomas/Teresa relationship, stop expecting that. I know you want it. I want it! But you won’t find it in The Kill Order. So slap that pout off your face and immerse yourself into this gripping, disturbing, overall outstanding book. The Kill Order has secured a place in my Top 10 of 2012.


4 responses to “The Kill Order by James Dashner: Review

  1. I read The Maze Runner, but I haven't gotten to the rest of the trilogy yet. I really liked it though, so I can't wait to read this one as well!

    Great review, Emily!! (:

    • Thanks, Leanne! You really should read the rest of the series. The Scorch Trials is awesome, and The Death Cure has an unexpected finish. This book sets a great tone and atmosphere to wrap everything up!

  2. Wow! That sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation! I still haven't read The Maze Runner, though I've heard it's amazing. Looks like I'll have to add Kill Order to my TBR pile, too.

    • Definitely add it, Caryn, but add the whole series to the list! The Kill Order is the prequel, but I feel like it is best read after the trilogy. It's different from the rest. Excellent series!

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