Today I have a guest review of “The Kill Order” from a fellow blogger, Tanmay Jain.
Tanmay Jain is a blogger, book reviewer, writer and bibliophile from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been reading books since he was a child and hasn’t stopped since. He started his first blog in 2016 and since that, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing a successful blog, he landed on his current and most successful blog, Scion of Society. Tanmay dabbles mostly in fiction writing but sometimes wanders off to poetry, book reviewing and writing tips. He is an editor for his school magazine, X-rays. He’s a teenage writer, aspiring author, and a budding blogger.
About the Author
James Smith Dashner is an American writer of speculative fiction, primarily series for children or young adults, such as The Maze Runner series and the young adult fantasy series the 13th Reality. His 2008 novel The Journal of Curious Letters, first in the series, was one of the annual Borders Original Voices picks.
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.
After reading the Maze Runner which was full of confusion till the end, this book was quite appreciated. The Kill Order takes you to a time before the Maze, after the Flares struck. It depicts the spread of the Flare ( not the Flares , the disease ). The story follows Mark , the teen protagonist you find in every YA fiction, a teen boy who did not want to be here. Along with him, is Trina, the unbelievably different female protagonists, Alec, the hardened soldier, and Lana, who … well.. was there.
The book was a quick read, jumping straight in. The double sided story-line showed the past and the present simultaneously, the suspense of both like a double-sided blade in you gut. The story was short and simple, mainly focusing on the reasons of the disease, it’s moral implications and the PFC’s heartless actions. We don’t get much time to get attached to the characters.
The writing was fast and deliciously easy, much simple as compared to the Maze Runner. The futuristic world showed a bit in the flashbacks along with the forest adventure in the present symbolized the decay of humanity quite craft-fully. The chapters were short and nearly all ended with a cliffhanger. Makes me wonder if it wouldn’t be better off as a weekly TV show.
Writing – 8/10
Story – 7/10
Cover & Title – 9/10
Total – 8/10
Have you read the book? What did you think about it?
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Until next time..Demetra xx