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The Fever Code by James Dashner
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bookshelves: science-fiction-sagacity
Read 2 times. Last read October 28, 2018.

First Read: September 2017, Rating: 4 Stars
Second Read: October 2018, Rating: 4 Stars


For an ardent dystopian fan such as myself, ‘The Maze Runner’ series is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only are there three books in the original trilogy, but two full-length prequel novels.

This takes place directly before the events that occur in The Maze Runner, yet should be read last, as per Dashner’s specific instructions. The book chronicles the conception of the WICKED organisation, as well as how Thomas, Teresa, Newt, and the rest of the beloved gang, came to be affiliated with it.

As in the other books, the reader is invited into this near future vision of our world through the eyes of Thomas. His astute observations give us an honest insight into events but his young age, and the plethora of information that his kept for him means the truth of the situations are unfurled slowly for both the reader and himself.

With the suspense at an all-time high, and the reader already aware of the traumatic events that are to follow, this is possibly the most poignant and emotional franchise instalment. The young cast of characters are depicted as innocent bystanders helplessly caught up in an organisation that has no regard for them as humans. The moment they stepped through the compound doors, however unwillingly, they became WICKED test subjects and nothing more. Whilst this fact has always been known, The Fever Code confronts the reader with the reality of this utterly heartbreaking scenario and disallows any of our sorrow to be spared.

Despite the brutality of the organisation and the loneliness and confusion experienced by the children imprisoned there, this isn’t a book without its joyous moments. And knowing how hard each smile was fought for made every fleeting moment of happiness that much more precious for both reader and characters alike.

By this alignment of emotion, it meant that as the novel progressed, the action increased, and the suspense rose in intensity, the reader was already placed firmly on one of the two opposing sides. With differing opinions on what was deemed an acceptable action to save the world, this also posed a multitude of philosophical questions that added some levity to the previous action-dominated plot-lines of this series.
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Reading Progress

March 2, 2016 – Shelved
March 2, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
September 10, 2017 – Started Reading
September 10, 2017 –
page 72
21.43% "I've been pretty unmotivated to read, over the past week. After picking up and discarding about one million books, this seems like the one to cure me of my slump."
September 12, 2017 – Shelved as: science-fiction-sagacity
September 12, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 28, 2018 – Started Reading
October 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Susanne  Strong Nice review Danni Elle!


Dannii Elle Susanne wrote: "Nice review Danni Elle!"

Thank you so much, Susanne :)


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Kat Valentine Awesome review!💖😉


Dannii Elle Kat wrote: "Awesome review!💖😉"

Thanks so much, Kat!


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