The Kill Order (maze Runner, Book Four; Origin)

The Kill Order (maze Runner, Book Four; Origin)

by James Dashner

Random House Children's Books | January 7, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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The Kill Order (maze Runner, Book Four; Origin) is rated 3.33333333333333 out of 5 by 6.

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."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writing—fast-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

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News




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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385742894

ISBN - 13: 9780385742894

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good The story was pretty good. I wasn't expecting the moon, but I was surprised about how great the story was.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eh Very interesting but at the same time boring and confusing. Instead of having all the gladers before the flare virus, they have Mark, Trina, Lana and Alec. Totally new characters. Which was extremely confusing at the beginning but it ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL made sense at the end. It had a very good ending AND answered quite a few questions. Not necessarily about the gladers but defiantly about the new characters in this book. I recommend this book but be prepared for a suprise and quite a few sad moments.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slight disappointment The book was not how I expected it to be, it has completely different characters than the books prior. It took me a bit to get into it because I was confused about the flip but once I got into it I have to say I did enjoy it.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from *sighs* This one isn't getting a full review because I am angry that I spent my time, energy, and money on this. I thought for SURE there would be some ANSWERS about why The Maze Runner happened and maybe a bit of the formation of WICKED and how they decided to do what they did, but NOTHING. Some of my world building questions were answered but not enough of them because I was left with even more questions. Explains the very beginnings of the situation but doesn't get close enough to the start of where the series starts to make it really connect to it. And because we are introduced to EVEN MORE CHARACTERS, I am left with EVEN MORE FREAKING QUESTIONS. I still think Dashner had no idea what to do after The Maze Runner and wrote the rest of the books as he went along to try and make a full story. Then he realized "oh shit I don't have all my plot holes covered, better write a prequel that will confuse the readers even more!" Overall: 3/5 stars. A good read if you want to know more about the world, but not necessary for the series imo.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely love it This is the book before it all went down even before Thomas got tricked into helping wicked recommend it!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally NOT what I expected it should be If you are expecting to read about how WICKED was established, how Thomas & Theresa helped built the Maze, like me, then you can forget about reading this book. Not only none of the above was mentioned in the entire book, it is merely yet another journey about a group of people struggling to survive after the sun flare happened, you will get glimpse of it through Mark’s dreams though, and its not much, take my word on that one. How they were trying to figure out why somebody is going around shooting darts at people, how some die soon after, how some became what you know as “Cranks” if you have read the other 3 books. I really thought when I was reading this that Mark & Trina were the predecessors of WICKED, and how I was totally disappointed. Like the 1st book, The Maze Runner, it was extremely boring and slow for the first half of the book, when I got to the middle, things started to pick up, just to find that I have to pull myself to turn the pages. I almost gave up on the last couple chapters, almost but I just told myself just a few more to go, might as well finish it. Honestly, Dashner only took 5 pages to sum up how the government decided and launched the Kill Order, and it’s like in the last 6 chapters of the book (each chapter is merely 4-5 pages long) And he made it as correspondences between two people, what an easy way out of it! And don’t even expect you will get details of it, it’s just a memorandum to “justify” their decision, reasoning, no action, no emotion, no plot, nothing. As for Thomas & Theresa, they were NEVER mentioned anywhere in the story, they were placed as a different part of the book, after the Epilogue, not part of. Not only that, its only 3-4 pages long, about how Thomas was “recruited” (which you already know from all the memories Thomas got in the last 3 books) I did had a little assumption which was confirmed true when I was reading the last chapter of the book when I was reading about Thomas & Theresa. So you can see there isn’t really any surprises there. If you only want to find out who Theresa is, you can just go into the store and spend about 5 minutes to read the very last section of the book on the profile on Theresa. She is a village girl that Mark saved when his group was making their way to a place they believed are responsible for the killings of their villagers. Having said all that, if you are looking for background information on WICKED, on Thomas & Theresa, on the predecessors of WICKED, how the Maze was built, you will find none of them in this book. So my recommendation is: You can stay away from this Prequel, no need to read as it does not tie to the Maze Runner series. Just read the other 3 books.
Date published: 2014-07-03

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The Kill Order (maze Runner, Book Four; Origin)

The Kill Order (maze Runner, Book Four; Origin)

by James Dashner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385742894

ISBN - 13: 9780385742894

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Chapter 1Mark shivered with cold, something he hadn't done in a long time.He'd just woken up, the first traces of dawn leaking through the cracks of the stacked logs that made up the wall of his small hut. He almost never used his blanket. He was proud of it--it was made from the hide of a giant elk he'd killed himself just two months prior--but when he did use it, it was for the comfort of the blanket itself, not so much for warmth. They lived in a world ravaged by heat, after all. But maybe this was a sign of change; he actually felt a little chilled by the morning air seeping through those same cracks as the light. He pulled the furry hide up to his chin and turned to lie on his back, belting out a yawn for the ages.Alec was still asleep in the cot on the other side of the hut--all of four feet away--and snoring up a storm. The older man was gruff, a hardened former soldier who rarely smiled. And when he did, it usually had something to do with rumbling gas pains in his stomach. But Alec had a heart of gold. After more than a year together, fighting for survival along with Lana and Trina and the rest of them, Mark wasn't intimidated by the old bear anymore. Just to prove it, he leaned over and grabbed a shoe off the floor, then chucked it at the man. It hit him in the shoulder.Alec roared and sat up straight, years of military training snapping him instantly awake. "What the--" the soldier yelled, but Mark cut him off by throwing his other shoe at him, this time smacking h
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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."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writing—fast-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

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News




From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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




From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

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."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writing—fast-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

"Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News


From the Hardcover edition.