Publisher: Random House (Delacorte)
Publication date: August 2012
Source: e-book from NetGalley
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
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some but not many
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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