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The Kill Order

(The Maze Runner #0.4)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  203,798 ratings  ·  10,782 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Minke I recommend reading this book after books 1, 2 and 3. It contains spoilers that can ruin the other books for you.
Sasha If you found book 2 atrocious, book 3 won't be any better. I thought 0.5 a bit too spoiler-y if you are going to read it before 3. The new characters …moreIf you found book 2 atrocious, book 3 won't be any better. I thought 0.5 a bit too spoiler-y if you are going to read it before 3. The new characters are not any more imaginative than the ones we already have and you can draw clear parallels between them and the ones from books 1-3 (especially the main characters Mark and Trina -> Thomas and Teresa). If I hadn't purchased book 3 and 0.5 together with book 2, I definitely would've stopped.

When you read the prequel it just shows again that the world of the Maze Runner just sort of spiraled out of proportion, like the author was trying to find a reason behind everything that happened in first book. It just didn't add up, made no sense whatsoever and well...I did not like it. It's not to say that there weren't good parts to it: It's fast paced and creepy and has you reading the whole thing in no time, but my problem was really the reason behind it all and the characters that just had no depth whatsoever.

My comment comes a bit late so maybe you have already had the chance to read it and make up your mind. Either way, I hope if you did get to read it, that your disappointment wasn't as big as mine.

-Sasha (less)
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Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I demand a sequel to the prequel
I can describe this book to you in a single word: disappointment. With a big capital D. See, the thing is, The Maze Runner was one of my favorite series ever… until the last book, which I hated. So the only reason I picked this book up was in hope that it would redeem the series for me and answer my bajillion questions. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The Kill Order just failed to live up to The Maze Runner.

I think the thing that bothered me the most about this book was that it was not about
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
[Conversation in the editing room]

Remember all of the semi-likeable characters from the original series? Get rid of them

How about all the plot-holes from the first three books? Double them

Should we give it a decent ending? *ominous silence*

Annnnd....that's about it

We are set far before the first novel - in the heart of the initial Sun Flares and virus outbreak. We get front-row seats to the start of the apocalypse.

There's a whole new expendable cast that provides quite convenient
Stephen Mcintosh
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I would just like to say: How on earth can you rate this without even reading it?

It seems that I got an unexpected amount of 'likes' for this so-called review but I still don't get why people rate books without reading them. What are they thinking?

Anyway, I don't think I'll be making a real review because I'm terrible at writing (as evidenced by my mistake before this edit: using the word anyways instead of anyway).
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first ever 1 star review. Well done 'The Kill Order', you deserve it.

Before Reading it
-Oh I hope this is good!

During and After reading it

So here's what I didn't like about this book (basically everything)
-I couldn't get myself to read more than 50 pages per day.
-I thought about giving up constantly.
-The characters were boring, bland and flat
-forced, vague and unnecessary relationships
-stiff and unnatural dialogue
-people dying before I could care, or remember who the
Feb 02, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
The Maze Runner, book 4: More a prelude than a prequel; this is the story of teens, and neighbours, Mark and Trina who are together on the subway when the flares that created the dystopian world of The Maze Runner struck. This is not only the story of their survival, the people that they befriend or fight to survive, but how they get caught up in a post apocalyptic conspiracy. Did I say conspiracy, I meant to say intended genocide!

The book works very well as a prelude in that I didn't have to kn
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

There are the books that either have too little action and you're bored to tears reading said book, or book that have too much action, and too little of everything else. The Kill Order tends to fall in the latter category of books, and I'll bet that was where Dashner was intending The Kill Order to fall.

The plot for The Kill Order is simple - it's the end of the world, sun flares are destroying the Earth, and a group of teenagers (are they teenagers?) are trying their be
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Now I enjoyed this book. It's before the maze runner, I think it said 13 years.

Anyway, it was a pretty dark book. I felt bad for this group and what was happening to them. And holy crow, what those evil people did to Lana. I mean they did evil things to a lot of people but this was one of the group and these freaks were off their nut!

Also at the very end we get to read about Thomas as a young boy before all hell broke loose in his world. It was just a page or so. Either way I enjoyed it =)
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well. First let me start off my saying that I am extremely disappointed about the fact that the series is now done.

I started this book yesterday afternoon, and now, at 2 in the morning, I've finished it. And let me just say HOLY CRAP. THIS BOOK. I CAN'T.
I thought all the other three were good, but this book made me so overwhelmingly....I don't even know. So many feelings. Can I just vent? I'm going to vent, OK?

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Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

This was a good addition to the series. It was quite action packed, with a whole new host of characters.
We meet Mark, Trina, Alec and Lana, part of the human population who have survived the sun flares, but now face a new terror. They fight for their lives as an awful disease ravages the human race. No one knows where it came from, or why.
Despite the constant action and violence, at times I felt it was almost too much. It relied heavily on the drama and excitement rather than actual plot.
Natalie Monroe
DNF at 47%

"Mark jumped to his feet, pulling Alec's arm. The entire area around them shook as it rose, and it took all of Mark's effort not to fall again. He knew that what was happening had to be impossible, and it made him wonder about his mental state."

I know that scene is supposed to have me at the edge of my seat, but the only thing I can think of right now is the lack of cheese sticks in my house, and that makes me wonder about my mental state.

After the fuckfest of The Death Cure, I wa
 Imani ♥ ☮
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Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit, ya-dystopian
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
So disappointing. I liked the prologue and the epilogue, I felt the rest of the book was completely pointless except for the character Deedee and the explanation of the origins of The Flare. Which a whole book was not needed for those things. It was a ton of action which got really boring, and I just don't see the point of the story. It was fairly entertaining at times, but compared to the rest of the series it was pretty crappy. ...more
***3 stars***

Weeeell, as I suspected.. I did not like this book 👀 But I'm still giving it three stars though, because it was fast paced and non stop action, both things I appreciate in a story.

Right from the beginning, we're told that the story takes place 13 years before the Maze. Except for the prologue and epilogue, where we learn new things about the characters from the original storyline, here we get to know a bunch of new characters. They're all survivors of the sun-flares and they're liv
Rachel Reads Ravenously
First DNF of the year. I got to about 75 pages in and realized: I DON'T GIVE A SHIT WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE PEOPLE

Really that's it. I loved the Maze Runner books, devoured them back when they were released but I think this book is a perfect example of reading tastes changing over time.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Uninteresting. Disjointed. It could be easily confused with a fanfic.
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2 no-no STARS ★★✩✩✩
This book is for you if… not a single thing in this world has more allure to you than reading this absolutely lame, inconsequential and mediocre prequel to The Maze Runner.

Full disclosure: I did not pay attention. Like, almost at all. I've got a good chunk of beginning, middle and end and that tells me everything I need to know about this book. Seriously, who gives a flying fig about this book? I tell you who doesn't: ME.

FYI: The only reason I'm not rating t
Had to DNF this at about 150 pages. I'm just not interested in the "Maze Runner" world anymore and the story didn't grip me at all. Meh. ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia, ya, series, hate-it
Before reading the book:

Wow, this sounds interesting!

After reading the book:

Well, that was disappointing...

I'm gonna warn you guys, and you should take it seriously as a fair warning:

Do NOT read this book and/or review if you haven't read the ENTIRE Maze Runner Trilogy.

Just don't if you're planning on reading the trilogy. At least not if you don't want to get spoilers for the whole three books.

Now that it's set i will start off by ment
The Kill Order is the much anticipated prequel to The Maze Runner series by the incredible James Dashner.
I can't even begin to express how badly I wanted this book. Dashner is one of my all time favorite authors. He's the reason I found my love for post-apocalyptic/dystopic books which provoked me to want to read more in this genre.

This installment takes place thirteen years prior to the initial time setting of the series, which was before Thomas and the Glade, and even before WICKED was create
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopian, dnf
Also posted here: http://wintrywords.blogspot.com/2012/...

I feel like curling into a little ball and punching a Crank in the face after reading only half of The Kill Order. There’s not much else I can do anymore, feeling like my life is a lie.

I am a huge fan of The Maze Runner series so when I found out there was going to be a prequel I about had a heart-attack. When I somehow manage to land an ARC, I am pretty sure I did indeed die of a heart-attack. My zombie is typing up this review now. The
Dannii Elle
First Read: January 2015, Rating: 4 Stars
Second Read: October 2018, Rating: 4 Stars

This is the first of two prequel novels to The Maze Runner trilogy. Unlike all the other series instalments, this follows a different group of characters and deals with events separate to the WICKED experiments.

The novel opens after the sun flares have ravaged the earth. Those that survived have grouped together in a semblance of a community and an attempt to continue their existence for however and as long as the
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
✫✬⭐️ 3/5 STARS ⭐️✭✫

Genre: Young Adult>Science Fiction > Dystopia
WOW: How the world came to an end. And the ending of the book.
EW: The Plot.. really..
POV: 3rd-person > Boy
DO I SHIP IT: Kinda.
READ: 2 times.


Okay.. there's a thing about this book. This book tells us how the world came as it is in the maze runner. And it was interesting, and really messed up. That i did like. It also really sets up the maze runner. There's one character in book that we know f
Ethan the Bibliophile
May 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, read-2022
After like a month of holding off this review, I'm finally ready...

Okay, admittedly, for a Maze Runner book/backstory, this book means nothing. It's pathetic, probably a two star rating.

However, if you're looking for (deep inhale): an epic virus novel that causes complete and genuine fear 😷, an adventure dystopian (cause apparently those exist?) that's really well paced , awesome action sequences with a really dope gun 🔫, again, because I can't stress it enough, a HORRIFYING virus that does horr
catherine ♡
I had read the Maze Runner series a while back, but had never gotten to this book because I hadn't thought that a prequel would be as enjoyable as the main series.

Honestly, I do feel that my prediction was right. I flew through this book - I'm not sure why but it didn't draw me in the way The Maze Runner did.

Could live with or without it.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Geez, guys, that ending killed me. My book has this extra bit called
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Subject: Teresa"
So, lemme just look into Miss Teresa's (*cough* Deedee) brain here and then I'll get back to you.

Review to come.


Wow, sorry it took me so long to write this! I wish I could say it was because I needed time to process it or something deep like that, but really, I just didn't feel like it.

Sorry, it's the truth.



Imma give this 'un here 4.5 flibber flabbin' st
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2015
That was a nice ride. actual rating: 3.5 stars

Mark always loved Trina, even before the world ended. One thing that the sun flares brought together: Mark, Trina. And Mark will do anything to protect her. After their village was attacked and a deadly virus is turning people batshit crazy when it is not killing them is free, the relatively calm life they were living comes to and end and a small group of survivors find themselves on the run again.
Surprisingly, the greatest character by far is Mark's
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted so much more from this book. I wanted to know things about the characters that we had been introduced to in the first three books. Instead we are introduced to all new people 13 years prior to the events that take place in books 1-3. All this did was give us a history of what happened, how the world ended, how the virus came to be and how they found out about people being immune.

Through the first three books there are references to Thomas and Theresa's involvement in setting up
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