Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: The Kill Order (James Dashner)

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #0.5
Genre: Dystopian
Length:  9 hours and 59 minutes
Narrator: Mark Deakins
Source: eLibrary
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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.
My Rating:

My Review:
In this prequel to The Maze Rumner we finally see how the world went from the world we know in our world to that of the bare, sun blistering land full of insane blood-hungry diseased people.  It follows Mark and Trina as they navigate the world's bizarre occurrences.  The sun flares have already occurred but there are flashback to before this event through Mark's dreams.  I definitely think this one should be read last in this series.

On the story...
While I wanted to know the background of the problems introduced in The Maze Runner and subsequent books, it would have been more enjoyable if integrated into the other books are made into a--dare I say--novella.  It was hard to get attached to the new characters.  I go to the point where I lost interest in the plot every once in while.  I sometimes zoned out but never really missed anything.  It wasn't a bad installment but it wouldn't have been necessary if Mr. Dashner done better world building in the other books.

On the narrator...
Mr. Deakins continues once again to amaze me with the depth of his talent.  We are introduced to even more characters with very distinct voices.  At no time is there an overlap or confusion.  I'll definitely be looking for this narrator in the future.

I'm always glad to get more answers and I valued the plot and information in this installment.  I just think I would have appreciated it if introduced in the other books instead of a long drawn out book.  As for the series, I still think The Maze Runner was the best of the series.  If I could do it over again, I'd still read the entire series even though I wasn't satisfied with all of the installments.

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