Title: The Kill Order
Author: James Dashner
Published: August 14, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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
So we finally arrived to the last installment of Maze Runner Series. Well according to James Dashner's statements at least. But don't rejoice yet Maze Runner fans this book is just a prequel of the original trilogy so yes we will not see Teresa or Thomas so much here. To be exact you can only see them in the prologue part which is kinda sad since when I heard about this prequel I was excited to know how they got to be a part of WICKED but no James Dashner decided to ditch these characters and entirely go with new ones. So now we get Mark and Trina. Two teenagers who survived the Solar Flares and in this book we have get to know their story.
What I like about this book is that it can be just a stand alone book (minus the prologue chapter) It has a fairly established storyline. Although the grand adventure we got from the original trilogy is not the case in this book. I feel the adventure was very limited this time to a confined place(well that is the point or situation anyway) So for me my impression is that we get a minimized version adventure.
Second thing I liked was the logic between the backstory. Never really thought about the rationalizations told by the author until I read them and me.. I am totally sold on the ideas. It makes perfect sense. Its a proof that this book was researched and some big thoughts are put into it.
And last thing, which is what I like about the Maze Runner series is that the endings are superb. There are something special about Dashner's ending that affects you in an intellectual and emotional way and this book is no exception. The ending was just great and it makes sense why he chose that ending.
All in all if this is really the last book of the series, Dashner did a very good job closing this story and the characters. From Maze Runner , Scorch Trials, and Death Cure and this Kill Order, it deserves the high ranking it is getting on the charts.
I give this book a 5