The Kill Order by James Dashner.
(The Maze Runner #0.5)
Book Summary: The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—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.
Liana's Summary: Thirteen years before Thomas entered the Maze, there was a deadly disease that threatened to kill all of humankind-- at least Mark and his acquaintances thought so. The virus was highly contagious- it was driving people out of their right minds. Both Mark and Trina are determined-- they take action. They believe that they can do it- as long as they stay alive.
I wanted to read this book before I got any further in the Maze Runner series. I only read the first book, and when I found out there was a prequel I knew I had to read it first. Well, since it's a prequel, people might think that reading this first would be better than reading the whole trilogy and
then reading this. IMHO, I think that if there's any prequel it's better to read the whole trilogy/series first before reading the prequel so you don't spoil anything for yourself and have your questions answered afterwards. I would have finished the whole trilogy first but it just happened that I had access to this book first..
James Dashner is actually a good writer, really. He keeps you sucked into the stories and suspenseful moments are SO his thing. They keep you on the edge of your seat until it's over. However, what I don't like about his writing (and probably never will) is his attempt at romance. All he does is make them hug and cuddle and kiss and "I love you, you love me, yay," nothing like the romance Nicholas Sparks or any other romance author does. My point is, this story would have done fine without the romance.
I found myself not really paying attention in some parts of the book because I was so sick and tired of the storyline. Actually, I'm a bit tired of the Dystopian and Futuristic genre. I need some fantasy in my life. That decides the next book I'm reading...
This whole thing was centered on this stupid contagious virus that made everyone lose their minds.
I don't like any of the characters. Maybe Alec, maybe Deedee. But seriously. Mark is just so ruthless. He has no human emotions except for crushing on Trina. Maybe the virus was screwing with his brain but no human being can just kill or torture someone like Mark did, and I don't even know how old Mark is. Gosh. Trina. She seems nice enough. But she's really useless. Well, if I were in her situation I would have done exactly what she's done, because I'm a wuss. She's a wuss too and she's so weak I get annoyed really easily. Which means that if I were a book character that I had to meet, I would probably hate myself. Alec and Deedee are probably the only characters I don't despise. Deedee acts older than she really is and nothing like a 5 year old should act. If 5 year olds in the future act like that it's just gonna be scary.
And yeah, that's all I have to say. I look forward to reading the rest of the Maze Runner series.
"The girl loved to read like no one else,.."
"Today is going to be a perfect, perfect day."
"There was a warning symbol plastered across the top,.."
"Mark had ripped a wide strip of cloth from the bottom of his shirt.."
Don't the guys always do that
"My head! My head! My head!"
"My... head hurts," she whispered.
I forbid you to die!
"..just held each other's gaze."
"I think there's something wrong with it."
"I always believed the demons would try to be nice when they came for us."
"The man had no hair. And he had no ears."
"..and this is how you repay me?"
"They've killed me!" he yelled, the words ripping from his throat. "The demons... finally... killed me!"
"He had the Flare."
"..the only girl he'd ever loved."
"A woman eating a cat."
"Who are you?"
"I could just eat you up."
"..we should call this one Thomas."
Now that I read over the quotes I picked, I realize how much times this book made me uncomfortable, grossed out, or disturbed. Jeez, this concept of survival.
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