Friday, 26 September 2014

The Kill Order - Book Review



Before I begin, I have two things I want to talk about briefly before I get into the book. 

One. The Maze Runner movie is AMAZING!!!!! I can't stress it enough, it was caps lock worthy amazing! I feel like even if you haven't read the book, you'll love it and want to read the series. At least that's my completely biased opinion. I saw it with my mom who also read the book, and she loved it. I'm seeing it again, not this upcoming weekend, but next weekend with my step sister who hasn't read the books (yet..maybe?). So I can't wait to hear her opinion of the movie as someone who hasn't read the books yet.

Also Dylan O'Brien, who you guys know I loooooove, was amazing and the perfect Thomas. Again I'm biased because I think he's just the best person ever! So I pictured him the whole time I read the books, and obviously loved Thomas immediately because of the fact. Literally Dylan is the reason I bought this series without even knowing what it was about. I heard Dylan was going to be in the movie, and that was it. Sold! But my mom agreed and she's never seen Dylan in anything before. She told me he did a really good job, and was the perfect Thomas. 

GO SEE IT!!! Then comment on this post and let me know what you thought!

Two. *sigh* YouTube. I just think it's not for me, guys! I filmed The Maze Runner book review, and I literally don't remember a single thing I said in it. It's like I completely blacked out while filming it, even editing it was a blur. That's probably why I was so unsatisfied with it. It was all so nerve-racking, and caused such a high amount of stress. I have anxiety, and I just remember while filming it I could literally hear my heart beating in my ears which I imagine can't be good. I really don't know either. I was all by myself, but I just felt this insane pressure. I guess because I've been thinking about doing this for months, and I overthought everything. I really don't know. But for now, I'm just going to stick to my blog and sitting behind my computer screen rather than a camera lens.

Okay on to the book review...

Started: August 26, 2014 | Finished: Sept 25, 2014

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Published by Delacorte Press on Jan 7, 2014
Genre: Dystopia
Pages: 327
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
They thought the end came in a flash.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.

The worst is yet to come.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage. 

There is no cure. No escape. 
They’re convinced that there’s a way to save those who are left—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. 

The end is only the beginning.
Rating: 4/5

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I will be talking about events that happen in the book, so spoiler alert. You've been warned!

Now when I bought this book, it was immediately after I finished The Death Cure which is the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy. Without thinking about reading the back or really anything about what this book was about, I just bought it with the assumption that this prequel had to do with Thomas, Theresa, Minho, Newt and the gang and how they went from kids getting recruited to the moment Thomas entered the Maze. I discovered on the car ride home that that was not the case, and this book has nothing to do with that. Fortunately, James Dashner announced that he will be writing a book about all of that called The Fever Code that will be released in 2016. Something I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for! I need it now!! So that will be a prequel to The Maze Runner. 

Whereas this book is the prequel to the whole series. So I admit because it wasn't what I expected, it took me a while to get inspired to read it because I was so stuck in wanting more of Thomas and co. But eventually after a short time, I picked this book up and boy am I glad I did because I loved it! Now if you haven't read the series yet, I can't imagine you'd want to read this review. But if you are, I hope you're prepared for minor spoilers because I need to describe some things from the series to explain this book. Cool? Okay let's go!

So in the trilogy, the world has been dealing with a catastrophe that happened many years ago to the world in the form of sun flares. When the sun flares happened, shortly after a virus was released called The Flare which attacks the brain, and shuts it down which turns you into what's known as a Crank. The madness makes you insane and crazy. Some people are immune to The Flare and the series is all about studying the killzone (brain) maps to try and find a cure.

This prequel takes you back to when this all started. You follow the main character, Mark, and his group of survivors who have been living safely in a settlement outside of Asheville, in the forrest area for about a year. When the PFC (government) unload in the virus upon them, Mark along with Trina; his childhood friend/crush/girlfriend, Alec and Lana; ex-Military soldiers who helped save Mark and Trina back when the sun flares first hit Earth, start to embark on a journey to find out what the government have done, and why people around them are getting sick, going crazy and dying. 

Without giving anything else away, it's really interesting getting to see it from their perspective because as the readers, we already have answers that they don't have yet, but we also get to find out more about why this happened and where it all began. It also ties everything together and you see how it all leads into the trilogy. So the only chunk of time we're missing is what will be revealed in The Fever Code. Which I find so exciting. I really love how this was done, I find it fascinating! James Dashner is an amazing writer. I love his style, and he really knows how to keep you invested, at least in my opinion.

Okay I'll stop rambling! But from now on when I finish a book, I'm going to review it. I didn't really do a full review on The Scorch Trails or The Death Cure. So if you want me to, let me know in the comments. 

Thank you for reading!


Michelle

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