Book: The Kill Order by James Dashner
Genre: YA Dystopian SF
For: Review, Utah Book Month
In this, a prequel of sorts to the Maze Runner trilogy, we learn about what it was like when the sun flares first happened (13 years before the events of The Maze Runner.) We go back in time to meet Mark and Trina and bunch of their friends and how they got along, or not, right after the disaster happened. We also learn about the virus that has affected the world, and what REALLY happened with that. It's not pretty.
There's a bit of a glimpse into some stuff with Thomas and Theresa, main characters from the Maze Runner, but I never quite understood if they were connected to Mark and Trina from this book. Can anyone help me with this? Did I miss something, or was I trying too hard to make things connect?
Anyway, the story is pretty brutal. It's very violent and graphic and sometimes a bit hard to read. Lots and lots and LOTS of fighting and shooting. The people infected with the virus act like what I would imagine zombies to be like... even though I've not have much experience reading about zombie. And it was... gah... ICKY!
So... if you like that kind of thing, you are going to love this book! If that kind of thing makes you cringe, this one might not be for you. I enjoyed the back story, and the new characters, but I did grimace at the violence a bit. I'm finding more and more that I'm a reader that wants the personal parts to the story, and not necessarily the action. This book was all action. And still, there are a lot of unanswered questions and holes in the story. Will there be even another prequel? I'm wondering...
Have you read it yet? What did you think? I'm so curious to find out what fans of the series will have to say about this one.
Bottom line: I enjoyed it... for the most part, but a bit over the top violent for me.
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