Book Review - The Kill Order by James Dashner | Blushing Geek

Book Review – The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Kill Order by James Dashner | Blushing Geek

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runer, #4
Published on August 14, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young AdultDystopia
Pages: 327
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.


I am not one of those readers that loves to read books in a series. I hate being left hanging and am not really fond of long reads. I just don’t want the feeling of being deprived and have to wait longer to figure out a certain story. So as far as possible, I stay away from any series. But damn! This book convinced me and lit up my curious mind. I watched the film adaptation of this book and was a bit confused on why they ended up on that maze and what happened. So I had no choice but to read this book and hopefully it will make me glued to it until the last book of this series. And I will do my damn best to read all those four books in this series. (goodluck to me)

This book was actually the prequel of the Maze Runner series and was published after book 3 of the said series. I was supposed to read the first book but a friend of mine, who finished reading this series, recommended me to read this book first so I could fully understand the story. As I’ve said above, the film adaptation of this book left me a lot of questions so I decided to follow my friend’s advice and read this first. And I was really glad I did. I was able to understand why it was this and that and blah blah blah. (I’m not gonna explain that further for I don’t want to spoil the thrill, haha)

Just as I was starting the book, I can’t help but feel amazed. This is actually the first time that I encountered a book that already shows suspense in its first chapter. Though the sad part is that I can’t picture out what was happening. I had my fair share of confusion while reading its first few chapters and still groping in the dark. But when I was able to see the story more clearly, I can’t help but rebuke myself for being stupid, haha. I think it’s a first timer’s thing?, haha.

I was really impressed because this book made me glued to it until the end. The suspense keeps on coming and those heart-thumping scenes keep on popping. And what I’m most happy about is that the author used very easy to gasp words. I can’t even remember checking my friend Merriam D. while reading this book. So for those of you guys out there, drop the doubt and grab this book now!

It is the very first book that I’ve read from this author and I can’t hide the stupid grin in my face (haha). Yow author, you got yourself a new fan! The ending was a cliff hanger and I can’t really wait to read the first book. I guess I gotta hold on the excitement for a little longer eh?

I think the reason behind the 4 stars rating has revealed itself already yeah? I can’t wait to read the first book and I hope that the flaming 5 stars will soon be resurrected.

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