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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