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The kill order
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2012
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  Booklist Review

Though Dashner wrapped up his best-selling Maze Runner trilogy with 2011's The Death Cure, he returns to the well with this prequel, telling the backstory of how the world's population came to be infected with the psychotic lunacy disease that would lead scientists to put teens through a series of sadistic tests in the name of finding a cure. We meet Mark and Trina soon after ravenous sun flares wipe out a good swath of humanity, living tooth and nail in a small settlement until a gang of hazmat-suited folks drop from the sky and shoot everyone up with virus-laden darts. The quest to find answers and save their band of friends takes them straight into a bleak heart of darkness. The story's burdened by thin characters, plot contrivances, and generally tortured logic, but the series' many readers aren't in it for the craft. The draw is the gobs of gruesome violence and raving lunacy in the back-to-back, extended action sequences. And there's plenty such fare here, even if it all feels like the stakes are lowered a bit by knowing the inevitable outcome.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

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)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p> Book four in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! <br> <br> Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.<br> Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage.<br> 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.<br> The end is only the beginning. <br> <br> The Maze Runner, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure are all 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.<br> <br> Also look for James Dashner's edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series! <br> <br> Praise for the Maze Runner series: <br> A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series <br> A USA Today Bestseller <br> A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year <br> An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book <br> An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick <br> <br> "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies , The Hunger Games , and Lost . " --EW.com<br> <br> "Wonderful action writing --fast-paced ...but smart and well observed." -- Newsday <br> <br> "[A] nail-biting must-read." -- Seventeen.com<br> <br> "Breathless, cinematic action. " -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> " Heart pounding to the very last moment." -- Kirkus Reviews <br> <br> " Exclamation-worthy. " -- Romantic Times <br> <br> "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<br> <br> " Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book." -- Deseret News </p>
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