Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Review: The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Publisher: Random House (Delacorte)
Publication date: August 2012
Pages: 336
Source:  e-book from NetGalley
For: Review
Series: The Maze Runner, prequel

Mark and Trina will never forget those early days, over a year ago now, when the sun flares hit. The only reason they survived was because they were underground. But now, they've got more to worry about than the excessive heat. There's a disease makings its way through everyone who survived and it's mutating in ways that make survival difficult. Can they find safety again and figure out just where this disease came from?

Things I Liked:
This was not the book I expected.  I kinda hoped we'd learn more about WICKED, though I'd been warned this book wasn't about that.  Still, I had a secret hope.  It was interesting, though.  It's more of a look at how the Flare got started and what it did to people.  It is written with Dashner's signature humor, fast-paced non-stop action, and crazy plot twists.  And it kept my attention throughout.  It was an interesting look at a future world struck by catastrophe.  The ending does kind of throw you for a loop, too.

Things I Didn't Like:
I recognized that sometimes the writing style just didn't agree with me.  I like a bit more lyrical and poetic writing sometimes, whereas this is very straight forward and plain at times.  It's not bad, just different from what I like best.  The story was exciting and awful and tense all the time, but I didn't much care for the characters.  I was especially bothered by the strange shift in tense when Mark was having a flashback.  It seemed more logical to use a past tense, but it was told in present and that confused me a number of times.  Still, those fans of the gory, action-packed stories about this future Dashner's created will enjoy the ride.

Read the first three books in The Maze Runner series first

Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry
Ashes series by Ilsa J. Bick

s-factor: !
some but not many

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->->->
just enough to make me a bit sick at times

Overall rating: ***

I've seen lots of mixed reactions.  What did you think of this one?

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  1. I felt the same way -- not the book I expected. it barely qualified as a prequel, as far as I'm concerned. I really enjoyed the story, but it ends SO FAR before Maze Runner begins...I just didn't care for the label "prequel." Could be a stand alone.

    1. Yeah, it would stand alone better than marketed as a prequel.

  2. My boyfriend really loved the main series and when he read this he was very upset. He felt this shouldn't have been part of the same series because he was hoping for more of the same things you were hoping for.

    Thanks for the great review!

    1. Definitely it shouldn't have been part of the original series. I think it would have made a great stand alone, as Annette mentions. Related, but not in a prequel-y way!

  3. I have The Maze Runner on my bookshelf but have yet to read it! I'm hoping to get to it sooner rather than later. I did not know there was a prequel to this book.

    1. Yeah, definitely read it AFTER the Maze Runner trilogy. And be warned, it's not much of a prequel :)


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