The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel)

The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel)

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by James Dashner

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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 and second books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will

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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 and second books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are now major motion pictures 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 #1 New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller 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."—   “Wonderful action writing—fast-paced...but smart and well observed.”Newsday   “[A] nail-biting must-read.”   “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 "Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News

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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.

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Random House Children's Books
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Maze Runner Series
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HL810L (what's this?)
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4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


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The Kill Order 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 382 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mrsvaljones More than 1 year ago
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.
starofthebunch More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Carrigan More than 1 year ago
The is a great prequel to the Maze Runner Trilogy. It answers a great number of questions I've had from the first page of the Maze Runner. I enjoy James Dashner's writing style, even as a "not-so-young-adult" reader. The story line keeps the reader engaged from the first page until the last and leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes it does tie up some loose ends from maze runner trilogy but i could be a completely different series. It did not connect to the gladers from the trilogy. And it had very little down time, they finish one task and bam another problem presents itself. But besides that it was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had an amazing story through out and very vivid in detail. Right away the book was great. It was exciting when the book was being set up; most book are boring when being set up. It is definetly one of my favorite books! Make sure to also read the maze runner seriese.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason i give this book four stars instead of five is because the ending dosent tell you anything that happed to the main charactrs. You should defanatly read this book and after your done read the third book in the series again it makes the book even more awesome XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this prequel. I loved the Maze Runner series so I pre-ordered this book months ago. The writing was subpar and quite repetitive. The character development was lacking, to say the least, and entirely unbelievable. Such an amazing story deserved more of an effort from the writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was insane! I was hesitant to read it at first because the story takes place with completely different characters, but I'm glad I did. The story starts before the Maze (obviously), and right as the flares begin. James Dashner is incredibly talented, twisting this book so that it all comes together with the rest of the series. The end of it all blew me away! This is an absolute must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.i havent read death cure yet but i cant wait. 5 stars.if u dont want to purchase it then get it from a library but ur realy missing out on this action packed,sad,happy,slow,fast,and creative story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not give away to my expectations!!!!! It was just so wonderful!! Although it was a bit cunfusing at first lol. XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it
Dakota_Boyens More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is the prequel to "The Maze Runner", and tells the story of a small group of friends that survive the sun flares. They are living in a small settlement when a ship comes and shoots most of them with darts. These darts cause everyone to get sick, and this group of friends decide to investigate. This decision takes them all on an adventure that may cost them their lives. I found this book very interesting. There is a good dose of violence throughout the book, and being a teenage boy, I really appreciated it. You should really read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time finishing this book. I don't if it's because it was too predictable, any literary mind could have know most of the events and themes in this book by simply reading the series, or if I've just had other things on my mind (like 20 new books to read). I devoured the Series in a matter of days but it took me weeks to finish The Kill Order. I easily found excuses as to other things I could spend my time doing, and once I picked it up I was easily bored and distracted. While I do not suggest this book, I do however suggest The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!!!!! This book is so well written it makes it seem as if i could hav really been there
Eaglejack1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Maze Runner. But this book did not compare. Very dull with nothing but fighting. Don't waste your time. Very difficult to even finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I did not love it as much as a loved the original series it's still a really great book that gives some interesting background on the series:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. I have read the trilogy. The kill order felt much more hopeless than the other books. But, i guess the prequel to the end of the civilized world should be pretty bleak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kill Order ties the Maze Runner series back to the beginning. As always, James Dashner's skilled use of suspense and detail kept me anxious and I never wanted to put this book down. Loved it and didn't want the series to end!