The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) [NOOK Book]

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Read the fourth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of ...

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Overview

Read the fourth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
 
They thought the end came in a flash.
 
Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.
 
The worst is yet to come.
 
Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage.
 
There is no cure. No escape.
 
They’re convinced that there’s a way to save those who are left—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.
 
The end is only the beginning.
 
Praise for the Maze Runner series:
 
"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com
 
“Breathless, cinematic action.” Publishers Weekly
 
“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.” Kirkus Reviews
 
“Exclamation-worthy.” Romantic Times

[STAR] “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred




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Set in the pre-WICKED world, this standalone prequel to the Maze Runner dystopian trilogy describes the fall of mankind .That dramatic story gives an added depth and drama to the conflicts and trials that lay ahead. A prequel to a reader favorite series; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
With memories of the sun flares that destroyed major cities and much of the world's technology still fresh in their minds, Mark, Trina and their friends find themselves face to face with another catastrophe, and this one may not leave any alive. The plague's first victims survive mere hours. But as the disease mutates and spreads, its victims survive longer, becoming mad long before the end takes them. Mark and Trina band together, determined to stay well, track down the source of the vicious illness, and do whatever it takes to stop it. In this prequel to the "Maze Runner" series, Dashner reveals the story of civilization's fall and the mysterious disease that ravaged mankind in its wake. While providing answers to many of the questions "Maze Runner" fans have been asking, The Kill Order lacked the density of thrill and suspense that have rocketed readers through the bestselling series. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In his short life, Mark has seen sun flares that killed millions, including his family and beloved younger sister. Afterward, floods, food shortages, and continued devastating heat, along with individuals bent on surviving at all costs, have made his chances pretty bleak. Against all odds, he and a close-knit group of other survivors move inland and set up a community together. But before long, a flying ship brings something wholly unfamiliar: a disease, transmitted initially by darts, but soon spread person to person at an alarming rate. Mark's friends all work together to figure out what this illness is, how it spreads, and why it drives people mad, while trying to hold onto hope for themselves and save others. A prequel to the "Maze Runner" series (Delacorte), this story does indeed show how the world started to fall apart prior to Thomas's time in the Maze. However, Thomas's and Teresa's stories are contained to the prologue and epilogue, so readers hoping for information about how WICKED began will be disappointed. Dashner achieves a high level of emotional involvement for readers in this prequel. Mark knew and loved his family, which makes him a more relatable character than memory-challenged Thomas. The action is nonstop, although a little unrealistic at times, and Mark seems wise beyond his years. This novel works well as a stand-alone.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
Publishers Weekly
This prequel to Dashner's dystopian Maze Runner trilogy, set 13 years before those books,focuses on a new character—Mark—who lives through the "sun flares" that decimate Earth. He creates a new family with other survivors, including Alec, a tough old soldier, and Trina, his love interest. But then strangers arrive on an airship and infect villagers with a mysterious virus, which quickly spreads and mutates. Maze Runner fans may be surprised by the new protagonist, but they will be swept up in the breathless, cinematic action. Whether Mark is flashing back to his escape from the sun flares, stealing an airship with Alec, or battling hordes of virus-infected maniacs, Dashner's adventure is filled with near-constant melees and peril (some readers might want to trade some fight scenes for more narrative and character development). Even so, Dashner has crafted a clever prequel that will appeal to fans anxious to see where The Maze Runner came from, while enticing those unfamiliar with the later books. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Aug.)
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Praise for the Maze Runner series:

A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
An Indie Next List Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com
 
“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times
 

• “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred
 
“Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.”—Deseret News

VOYA - Mark Flowers
Thirteen years before the events of The Maze Runner (Delacorte, 2009/Voya December 2009) and only a year after sun flares have caused a global environmental catastrophe, a small group of survivors, led by an ex-soldier named Alec and a teenager named Mark, is just beginning to put their lives back together when they are attacked by a strangely well-equipped force calling themselves the PFC, and shot with a mysterious serum. In their attempt to discover the reason for the attack, Mark and Alec soon learn that their friends have been injected with a deadly virus dubbed “The Flare.” Meanwhile, two members of Mark and Alec’s group, and a young girl who appears to be immune to The Flare, are kidnapped by the PFC. Most of the novel is taken up by countless action sequences (set off by cringe-inducing dialogue) as Mark and Alec fight off the PFC, save their friends, and learn the reason The Flare has been released, a reason as incoherent as it is obvious even to readers who have not read The Death Cure (Delacorte, 2011/Voya December 2011). What makes this novel so infuriating is that interwoven within this main plot are far-too-brief flashbacks to the much more interesting story of the first days of the sun flares. This plot by itself would have made a far more promising novel. Instead we are left with a prequel that only die-hard fans of the Maze Runner trilogy will love. Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
A prequel to the series that began with The Maze Runner (2009) takes readers back to the moment when the sun flares devastate the Earth and tells the story of the birth of the killer virus that followed. Mark and Trina were riding the New York City subtrans system when the flares originally struck. Glad to have each other, they were very lucky to meet up with Alec and Lana, both ex-military and equipped with plenty of survival skills. It has taken them a year to get to relative safety in the Appalachian Mountains and to establish a settlement with other survivors. Life is beginning to resemble "normal," when they are once again attacked from the sky, this time by soldiers. The situation worsens when survivors begin to sicken and die, but not before going mad. The small group makes its way back out into the forest, hunting for their attackers and looking for answers. It's only a matter of time before one of them, infected, goes insane….Blending past, present and future, this is a gritty and unnerving look at a post-apocalyptic world that both recalls early classics of the genre and looks forward to Dashner's already-established trilogy. For fans of the original books and of the genre as a whole, a must read. (Science fiction/thriller 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307979117
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Maze Runner Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 219
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Scales of 1 to 10

    James Dashner has done it again! In this prequel to The Maze Runner, friendship, love, and humanity are put to the test.

    Scales (1 to 10)

    Characters - 6
    The characters in this book aren't as likeable as those in The Maze Runner. The just don't have the same pizazz as Thomas and his friends in the maze.

    Writing - 7
    Dashner definity improved his writing tecniques since The Maze Runner trilogy. However, sometimes I felt as though the author was only writing certain selections for the sole purpose of appealing to young people through unecassary violence and romance.

    Violence - 9
    The book is packed full of action seens. Although it's not as violent as The Maze Runner or even The Hunger Games. The gore is kept to a minimum although parents and teahers should be wary.

    Sexuality/Sensuality - 4
    The main character, Mark, has a girlfriend. The do hug and kiss on some occasions. Towards the begining of the book, his girlfriend makes a joke about the two of them having sex and later in the book, they spend the night togeather but the book goes into no further details.

    Drugs/Alchol - 2
    There are a few minor alchol references in the book, but nothing extreme.

    Swearing - 4
    Mild inapropriate language is used. Words such as "damn," "hell," and "bastard".

    Sexism/Prejuicism/Racism - 3
    There are practically no strong female characters in the book.

    Recomended minimum age of reader: 12

    81 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    This book

    Man this series has been so goodneven though there was a little bit of language but other than that if i could i would give this series a 1,000,000,000 from a scale of 1-10!!!!!!!!!!


    44 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Loved it

    I loved the series in the first place- sooooooooooo sad it had to end, i wish these books would never end- but wanted to know what happened before this all. Savin up my money to buy it!!!!!

    26 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    Not what I was expecting.

    I was really looking forward to this prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy because I thoroughly enjoyed those books. (Team Minho FTW) However, this wasn't what I was expecting. There's a prologue and epilogue that focus on the characters of the Glade but other than that, this is a completely different story with new characters. It's still interesting and action packed with characters as intense as the ones we've come to know but for fans looking for more information on Thomas, Teresa, or Brenda, they might be disappointed. I was hoping for more background on the Gladers themselves. For those readers who are just beginning the series, I would say to this is a good place to start.

    25 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Cant wait!

    Ive read the first three books and i cant wait to know about things before the glade and before thomas had to assist WICKED in making the maze

    25 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Waiting and waiting

    Realizing that the devastating flare was a man made disease really shook me so i hope this gives a logical explanation.

    21 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Must read if you've read the other three books.

    I loved the Maze Runner trilogy. The first book was awesome, the other two were alright. The end of the third book left many questions and curiosities unanswered, but The Kill Order helped to answer most of them. I love that we were able to see what it was like when the sun flares first hit Earth and the mass chaos that ensued after.

    I was put off at first because the book focuses on different characters than the ones in the trilogy, but soon warmed up to them and wanted to know their story. A little more violence than I cared for, however, I think it was a necessary evil, considering the nature of the book.

    I would definitely recommend reading the other three books before reading this one. It says it's a prequel, but things will either not make sense or ruin some of the magic from the other three if read first.

    Didn't give it five stars for a few reasons: 1. Some parts of the book move slowly. 2. Some parts are unrealistic (yes, I know, the whole thing is unrealistic, but you'll know what I mean when you read it). 3. I still want more. Questions still unanswered. Maybe that was the author's intention though - leave it up to the reader's imagination.

    In sum, read it. It's entertaining, interesting, and will make you think what life could be like in post apocalyptic America.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Can't wait!!

    I can't wait to read this book!!! The series has been great! I wonder hiw this will turn out...

    13 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Amazing

    Its the greatest book ive never read!

    12 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    If i could give it 6 stars i would.

    12 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Best book ever

    The maze runner series was amazing but hopefully this answers some of the questions from the last one, cant wait until aug. 14 2012

    11 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Um... Guys

    Guys if you haven't noticed this book is going to be released August 14, 2012... So... ya but btw Y CANT THEY PUT THE 13TH REALITY ON HERE?!?!?! James Dashner that book is PURE AMAZINGNESS!!!!!!!

    10 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    I love this series

    I lovve this series and hope this is as good

    8 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Yay!

    Can't wait!

    7 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Got sneak peek got the first half of the book

    Best book ever

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    A unique prequel to the Maze Runner series

    In a prequel to the Maze Runner series, we start just after the sun flares began and wreaked havoc upon earth. Mark and Trina were in New York when it happened. Lucky to escape with their lives, they pair up with Alec, Lana, and a few other survivors and head to the mountains, where settlements of survivors are rumored to exist.
    The group manages the trip, and attempt to survive in the horrible heat and nearly desolte planet. Over a year after the initial sun flares, a new disease surfaced, a deadly virus that causes it victims to go crazy and die violently. But there is something suspicious about this new disease, and the rapid way it spreads, killing everyone in its path.
    After the disease ravages their settlement, and they realize that it is mutating, the group seeks a cure and the truth about where the disease really came from. The truth; however, might be more devastating than the disease itself. With humanity on the line, Mark and Trina are in a race against time and death.
    Told from the point of view of Mark, and intertwined with flashbacks to the beginning of the sun flares, The Kill Order is an action packed and emotionally intense novel. Each of the characters has their flaws, but their human qualities and friendship among one another leave the reader turning the pages waiting for the conclusion and paving the way for the story of WICKED, the Glade, and Thomas’s quest in the Maze.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Cant wait!!

    I cant wait to read this book! I hope its going to be as good as the other books in this series!

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Very disappointing read

    I am a huge fan of the Maze Runner series, so when I heard that a "prequel" had been published I was very excited to read it. However, it ended up being hugely disappointing.

    While the book answered some questions as to where the Flare came from and gave some good background to the later books, it was not at all as exciting as the later books in the series. It felt as if the same "action" was happening over and over again- halfway through, I could already predict what would probably be happening next. There were very few surprises and I didn't feel any sort of attachment or connection with these characters the way I did in the later books. It almost felt like a pointless story to me, and I think Mr. Dashner could have come up with a much better story than this one.

    That being said- if you're a fan of the Maze Runner series, it is worth reading only because of some explaination as to the Flare. That's about it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book! Loved the whole series and this wa

    I absolutely loved this book! Loved the whole series and this was like an amazing bonus :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Hi

    Hello if it works this was wat i was talking about

    4 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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