Monday, April 21, 2014

The Kill Order

When I began reading The Maze Runner trilogy, I had no idea that a prequel to the series had been written.  Even though it is considered a prequel, I recommend reading it AFTER reading The Maze Runner Trilogy.  Why you ask?  Well The Kill Order starts with a prologue involving characters from the Maze Runner Trilogy and might give away spoilers if you have not read the other books first.

Throughout the Maze Runner, you learn about the world being attacked by Sun Flares and people getting a disease that made them crazy, referred to as the Flare.  At some point in the series, it is hinted that the Flare was man-made and not a result of the Sun Flares.  But it is left at that and no more discussion is given to the idea.  Until this book.  The Kill Order takes place thirteen years before The Maze Runner.  The Sun Flares had only happened about a year ago and the world is just barely trying to come back from the damage that was done.  The story focuses on one group of people that survived the Sun Flares and banded together to stay safe.  The book follows their lives as they struggle to survive.  What I like is the main character has flashbacks, so at least we can see what happened right when the flares hit and shortly after.  The characters also learn the truth of The Flare.  What I liked about this book was the character development.  As with the Maze Runner, the characters are developed so well that you can close your eyes and picture them.  However, unlike the Maze Runner, there were no happy moments in this book.  There were a lot more death and destruction and the book kept a dark feel about it.  It really helped to bring you in to the story and make you feel like you are a part of that world.  It also gives you more insight into someone with the Flare and the different stages they go through before they are beyond gone.  I don't remember where it came from, if it was from a book or a movie, but I remember this quote that says "it ends at the beginning."  I feel that so perfectly describes the end of this book as it makes way for the Maze Runner book to begin.

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