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 horrifying things to people 🤒➡🤢➡👿, a super fun cast of characters 🕴🏋🕺🏃💃👫, a devastating ending 🤧, or intriguing but thrilling scenes (another deep inhale) 😨, then do yourself a favor and read this book (of course, you should read the original trilogy first, and THEN admire the beautiful masterpiece that is this book).
At the time that I read this (it was a little while before I'm sitting my fat butt down and writing a review), I hadn't given a 5-star to a book in MONTHS! But I promise you this: if there was ONE book that I could have SWORN would not get that first 5 star in a while, it would have been this one. Heck, last year, I even DNFd it after the first chapter. And then I tried it again, determined to finish it, and whaddya know, it was magnificent.
This teaches ya a lesson, kiddos: NEVER (most of the time), EVER (most of the time) judge a book by what you've heard about it. Always, always, always (most of the time) give the book a try. I had heard so much crap about this, and that helped me DNF it after one chapter. Another lesson kiddos: NEVER (I mean NEVER), EVER (I still mean NEVER) judge a book by its first chapter. That's just............ stoopid.
So anyways, blah blah blah, stop yapping about this book being *.+sO gOoD*.+, and get to the WHY WAS THIS BOOK SO GOOD!?
Simply put: it was really scary. The flare was 10/10,, 20/20,, 100/100 the BEST and most horrifying thing, disease, and excuse for a zombie apocalypse that I have ever witnessed. In this book alone, it showed what the flare did to the infected, how it changed them, and how they slowly got crazy as the book progresses. And then there were just THOSE SCENES, where the suspense was IMMENSE. Like, the "jump scares" in the original trilogy felt like a cheap jump scare that you see in, like, an action movie. They were average; not predictable, but also not original, which to me, can be equally annoying in certain areas.
Also the characters. Mark was such a delight to read as, and his *.+.*+.*GIRLFRIEND*.+*.+.* was... actually tolerable... UNLIKE TERESA, THAT STUPID LITTLE RAT!!!!! Okay, so here me out: I'm notoriously awful with remembering book characters' names, so I'll refer to them as follows: the old guy (was it Al?) was a BOSS, and I would LOVE NOTHING MORE than for him to lead me through the apocalypse. The older girl (Lani?????) was not very memorable except for one scene... unfortunately, if you know, you know. And Deedee: adorable. Kids in books, when they're not snobs, are actually amazing. Deedee was no exception.
I think that that's it: scary virus, suspenseful scenes with said virus, awesome characterizing, and fun action sequences with cool guns..... very cool guns...
If you made it this far, thank ya very much 😁 and I hope that you have a very good day. Stay tuned for more reviews by yours truly, because surely you want your brain to feel mushed and numb after every review by me you read.