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Book Review: The Kill Order by James Dashner

From the author of The Maze Runner series comes a jaw-dropping prequel that gives you an inside look at how the Flare began. Kidzworld reviews The Kill Order by James Dashner.

13 years ago

Thirteen years before Thomas entered the maze, before the Flare devastated most of the world’s population, Mark and his crush Trina survive a natural apocalypse caused by sun flares. Now, a year after the flares hit, Mark and Trina are living in a survivors settlement. But Mark is still burdened by dreams of the tragedy that brutally took the lives of most of the world, including, he assumes, his family.

It’s Raining Darts

One day, a large airship known as a Berg appears over their settlement. Believing that they're being rescued, the settlers emerge from their huts only to be showered with darts that carry a deadly disease. Most die instantly. But for some, the disease takes a different effect.

Escaping Insanity

Mark and his friends escape the settlement only to find that they weren’t the only ones hit with these disease-carrying darts. The progression of the disease causes insanity and it’s only a matter of time before Mark and his crew catch it. Their only chance for survival is to discover why the disease was spread and, more importantly, if there’s a cure.

The Bottom Line

While The Kill Order may not have the same characters as the rest of The Maze Runner books, you can definitely tell that it’s part of the same series. These new characters are lovable and keep you gripped until the last page. The story is set a year after the sun flares hit. But through Mark’s dreams, we get to see how the entire apocalypse went down and how they survived the aftermath. We definitely recommend you read the entire series, and conclude with The Kill Order. It’s an amazing series for fans of The Hunger Games, or anyone, particularly boys, who love a high-action dystopian sci-fi read.

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Alright, I need to vent about something. In this one role-play called Logan: The Beast Unleashed, I have this one character named Aiden who is a former mercenary assassin. (I know, pretty dark. But just hear me out here.) Aiden went to try and convince Logan to come back, and pretty much failed. Going to Logan, Aiden killed 5 thugs that he came across that were going to do something pretty bad if he didn't do something first. At the middle of the time he had there, he killed a guy that was going to inform people about him which would be awful. A month later, Aiden received a letter. The day after, a guy entered the side street that Aiden lived in, giving Aiden the right to kill him. Then the leader said, "Can you please tone it down with Aiden's killing?" I kill 5 guys, then 1 more, and when I kill a 7th guy, I'm told to tone it down. First, he killed 6 people in one day. Then one month and a day later, I kill someone and then told to tone it down. How does he know whether or not Aiden had been keeping away from killing people? Meanwhile, his character Carl kills whoever crosses his path, just to get to a girl. Carl goes and kill countless people and when I kill a 7th guy, I'm told to tone it down. Carl doesn't seem to be much different than Aiden! If anything,  he should tone it down! I just can't believe it. 1 month and 1 day later, kill a 7th guy and then, "Can you please tone it down?" HOW ABOUT YOU TONE IT DOWN?! It isn't very logical to tell me to tone it down when he has so much more going on! Sure, a lot has to change so Aiden can work with the others, but I don't want to be told to tone it down when Carl can't tone it down! Why can't Aiden just continue on with his usual act and make it more fun and challenging for when the time comes for Aiden to cooperate with others? *sarcastically* IT ISN'T LIKE ANYONE IS BEING PRO-FAVORED HERE! Seriously, the leader makes it so much harder for me to really do anything and makes it easier for everyone else. I'M NOT EVEN THE VILLAIN! I feel incredibly disrespected when he constantly makes it so much harder for me. Sure, the challenge is fun sometimes. But if I feel like as if I can't do anything and make no progress, then how in the world am I supposed to have fun? Role-playing is for having fun. I don't want to leave, I just don't to participate in a role-play where I can't have fun.
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