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The Maze Runner 4. The Kill Order [Paperback]

James Dashner
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Aug 2012
SPOILER ALERT: Read after The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure When sun flares hit the Earth, intense heat, toxic radiation and flooding followed, wiping out much of the human race. Those who survived live in basic communities in the mountains, hunting for food. For Mark and his friends, surviving is difficult, and then an enemy arrives, infecting people with a highly contagious virus. Thousands die, and the virus is spreading. Worse, it's mutating, and people are going crazy. It's up to Mark and his friends to find the enemy - and a cure - before the Flare infects them all ...
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc. (Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449816257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449816257
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading if your a Maze Runner Fan 22 Aug 2012
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OK, So the Maze Runner was a really great book. Then came The Scorch Trials which was a Really Really great book. Then we had The Death Cure which was quite a good book. So what do we have here? Well the links to the Maze runner are few and far between. If you are expecting answers to your unanswered questions then you will not find them here. Dashner takes us back 13 years before the events of the Maze Runner with a whole new cast of people. This book describes survival during and just after the Flare, the onset of the Virus and the set up of the organisations that presumably became WICKED.
I have to say that although this is a good book, it did not enthrall me as much as the Maze Runner Trilogy. I felt that the protagonists stumbled from one fight scene to the next, and in quite a few cases escaped for no logical reason (ie the crowd simply stop fighting because a girl tells them to stop.)
In another scene, our survivors are weaponless and just happen to stumble on some serious firepower when they need it.
Be warned, there is quite a lot of graphical description of blood and gore, but hey, we are dealing with the end of the world as we know it.

So in conclusion, Yes I enjoyed this book. Will I continue reading Mr. Dashners stories? Most definitely. Was this book as good as the Maze Runner Trilogy? Not in my humble opinion, but read it for yourself and see what you think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others 8 Feb 2013
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I was surprised to see that there was another book to add to this series.since i quite enjoyed the trilody i thought that it wouldn't be right not to read this one; and yeah this was a good book, but i prefered the second book: scorch trials. this book however was fine.

Set before the events of the Maze Runner, it shows how a group of people survive the effects of the sun flares hitting the planet and takes them through a perilous journey to find out answers about the people in charge.
I like the character Mark, put across in a very human way, shows his emotions, but doesn't let it stop him from doing what needs to be done. James Dashner has done well with this book, but it doesn't answer all the questions that arise from the trilodgy. you definately need to read the first three books aswell as this one to get the full gist of the story but the order shouldn't matter. if you only read the first three then it wouldn't matter to much about this one, but its an added bonus.

i would reccomend this yes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kill Order 9 Mar 2013
By Ellen
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Although Dashner claims that a prequel was always in the pipe line from the offset, it felt to me like a very pointless book which was just a way to milk it out one last time. To readers of the main series I would advise to stay away from this one, unless of course like me, curiosity gets the better of you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars James Dashners MAZE RUNNER: Kill Order 3 Feb 2013
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I thought the Maze Runner Trilogy was great & was disappointed that there wasnt a book 4, so when l saw that Kill Order was being released l was really pleased. Unfortunately what l have just finished reading has been very disappointing, where l would read each of the other 3 books in a day, l put Kill Order to one side after only reading the 1st half & didnt go back to it for a couple of weeks. just couldnt get into it, felt like James Dashner couldnt either. To me it felt it was just written for the sake of it, not to enhance the story. I am afraid to say l was bored.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, insightful prequel! 5 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though this is a prequel, I suggest reading The Maze Runner series before reading this because there are some spoilers for The Maze Runner.

I was pretty skeptical about reading this book because a lot of people have been saying that they didn't enjoy it. But I was curious about how WICKED started and what happened before The Maze Runner that led to all of that happening.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. There was a lot of mystery and it was pretty exciting seeing how everything started.

The first chapter is told from Teresa's POV. It's when Thomas is being sedated and his memories are being removed so that he can be sent into The Glade. And then after that the story has nothing to do with Teresa or Thomas because it's set 13 years before The Maze Runner.
It follows our characters Mark and Trina in the year after the solar flares hit the Earth. They're living in a community in the woods with their other friends when they are attacked. A berg appears in the sky and they start shooting everyone in the community. Mark and Alec manage to get onto the berg and what they discover isn't pleasant.

I really liked all of the characters in this book. Mark was great character. He was curious and determined to find out what happened. Alec was strong and tough and knew what he had to do. Trina may have seemed naive, but she was a strong and resourceful character. They all stuck together and knew what they had to do. They came across a young girl named DeeDee who they find out is immune to the virus and was abandoned by her community because they thought she was a bad sign.

The whole storyline was interesting. I was very very intrigued by the virus and finding out where it originated. What I found out was horrible.
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I loved the other books in this series so decided to give the prequel a try. It is interesting to find out how the flare came to be but I found myself skim reading at parts. Its as if the author felt the story needed padding so included loads of fight scenes, all of which are pretty much the same and they get a bit boring after a while. If you loved the other books then give it a go but be warned it is not as good as the other three.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Final maze runner
I have read all of the maze runner books and loved them all, yet unfortunately this wasn't as good. I feel it just didn't live up to its expectations and at points it was too... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by John linn
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool nice ending
A great background story for Teresa I would like a book about Thomas as well. 3 words. Awesome BRILLIANT Beast
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Interesting start that I wasn't expecting, can't wait to see and follow the movies, when they arrive in the cinema.
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Published 27 days ago by Luke Manton
3.0 out of 5 stars Read as a standalone.
The prequel to the Maze Runner feels like a bit of a let down after the trilogy. It's harder to get into than the other books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle
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It was exactly what I expected!! Great job! I just loved the book! The book was received in really great conditions!
Published 3 months ago by Dandara
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a chore to read...
Absolutely LOVED the first three books, they were fantastic reading and certainly didn't disappoint at any point. And then there's this..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kazzyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as great as the others
Intense is the best way to describe these books.
From start to finish.
Although the characters change, the different perspective is awesome but it's hard to like the new... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wiggs
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight
I read The Kill Order a few months after racing through the Maze Runner trilogy. I'm glad I read it, though feel this didn't particularly answer any of the questions I had from the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bethany K Apedaile
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