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{REVIEW} The Kill Order by James Dashner

by James Dasnher


Genre: Young Adult, Scifi – Post-Apoc
Pub Date: Aug 14, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books FYR
Spoilers: MARKED
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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.

thoughtsI hate Everyone
No. Seriously. This book was literally a conglomeration of all the people who never should’ve logically survived an apocalypse being forced to face yet another struggle. The events they face make it so strikingly clear just how inept they are. Ever single thing they face where a smart person would say: “Hmm. Apocalyptic circumstances dictate I should do X,” they just gallivant off and do the OPPOSITE! Complete idiots. Ugh.

Did we forget a plot?
Why yes! Yes, we did! Oops! But such is the problem with a prequel that exists solely to explain how the world got to the point it is at the actual beginning of the series. Honestly, this book is just one action scene after another (most of which wouldn’t have happened if the characters had half a brain.) The only time ANY semblance of a plot comes into existence is the end. Like… the very end. -.-

So… you know how people generally interact with each other? And based upon this interaction they formulate whether or not they like each other and to what degree they like each other? Yeah. That’s just thrown out the window here because none of the characters have ANY basis for liking each other. Granted, none of the characters have legitimate, fully-developed personalities, so how could they possibly have real relationships? I don’t know! But it’s sure attempted in this book. It’s for this reason that I couldn’t stand ANY of the dialogue in this book. Awful. Confusing. And illogical.

Let’s talk for a moment about character motivations. I get that these characters were acting illogically, irrationally, and what not, but on top of that, these characters due some of the dumbest things for some of the dumbest reasons. No doubt this is tied back to their lack of actual personalities and therefore their undeveloped relationships because the illogical relationships is the reason they do all the things they do. None of it makes sense and I just can’t! GAH!


Why am I writing this?
Honestly, I’m not even sure why I’m adding this, but that ending was literally the only interesting part. Why? BECAUSE THEY ALL DIE! THANK GOD!!! They sacrifice themselves for the world, except that… none of that fits their personalities minus maybe solider-man. So… about that.

finish the series

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8 thoughts on “{REVIEW} The Kill Order by James Dashner”

  1. Haha yeahhh I skipped this one.
    I read the trilogy a few years back when my friend was fanboying all over them haha. I liked the first book but my interest kept going down a bit with each book. (Ugh I’m still dissatisfied with the ending though. I was just like…um wait what??) I dunno, I’ll re-read the first book sometimes but I skip the others (lol this tends to happen with me for series though).
    Great review!

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