Review: ‘The Kill Order’ by James Dashner

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Review: ‘The Kill Order’ by James DashnerThe Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner 0.5
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on August 14th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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There’s jut something about James Dashner’s writing that sucks you in and doesn’t let up until that last page is read. The Kill Order was no different. There’s a lot of fast-paced action with a similar purpose as The Maze Runner, survival. Before the Gladers ever came to be, there was Mark. He was there when the sun flares dropped from the sky burning everything in sight, including human flesh. As gruesome as that sounds, there were a lot of scenes which were too horrible to picture. I don’t want to spoil it, but once you read these parts, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Apart from the gruesome scenes, the plot moves fast. Mark tries to find out the truth behind the people who shot his village with a virus, rescuing his best friend, and most importantly, trying to stay sane when the virus starts to claim him. His battle between his normal conscious self, to the violent crazy self was intense. You can tell it takes a toll on him but he’s strong enough to fight it.

The description says a lot about Trina, his best friend, but she was hardly in the story to begin with. The romance was cute, not too cheesy and too winded. There was a lot going on so I’m glad it wasn’t the main focus.

The viewpoints change from the past to the present. It bothered me a tiny bit, just because there was such a break in the story. I would rather have liked it better if it was one continuous story-line. It would have flowed better in my opinion.

James Dashner has done it again, and I can’t wait what else he has in store for us.



This book would be so much better if I didn’t have some creepy guy stalking me while I tried to read it.





  1. Diana Grace

    January 17, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    This sounds like a must-read! Thanks so much for that great review! 🙂
    Gotta go add this on my pile of to be read books.

  2. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 7, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I really enjoyed the series. I was so glad that there was The Kill Order. I am so glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  3. Grace Lo

    October 27, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    So far, I’ve only read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, but I hope to read this soon! Your review was great, and hi-lighted Mark’s role in the book c:
    And can you believe that last line in the description? I’m dying here! I NEED THIS!!!

  4. Isa

    August 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I’ve read the Maze Runner, it made me feel so distressed but in a good way. I love James Dashner’s writing, it’s intense and the world is nightmarish. I still have to read the rest of the trilogy though I heard mixed reviews but I am very excited to check out the prequel.

  5. Melissa

    August 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I really want to read this series:) Do you suggest the prequel 1st or jumping into the series?

    • Giselle

      August 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      I suggest reading this first 😀

  6. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    August 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I’ve yet to read a James Dashner novel, but I really, really want to read The Maze Runner!! This one sounds pretty good, despite the gore!

    Would you suggest reading this one first since it’s a prequel? Or is it better to read the others first?

    • Giselle

      August 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      You should! I really loved the first one. And yes, I suggest reading this one first!

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