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The Kill Order Review

Before the maze, there was the kill order...


Rating: 3/5

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Going back into The Maze Runner series was interesting. Although I don’t remember all the details, I remembered the major events that happened within the first three books, it didn’t affect this book. This one occurs way before the events in The Maze Runner and the two book following. In The Kill Order, it explains how it all started. I initially thought that meant the creation of the maze itself. That’s actually the next one, The Fever Code. I’m looking forward to picking up that one soon.


But no, this one explains what happened at the very beginning. All the way back to when the sun flares occurred and all the gruesome details that went along with it. I thought this was an interesting book. It definitely answered a lot of unanswered questions I had from the first three books. But also created quite a bit more. Though I don’t think those will be answered in the next book.


This one explains what happened at the very beginning. All the way back to when the sun flares occurred and all the gruesome details that went along with it.

I can’t help but be a little mad at the ending, it’s just so sad! It also reminded me of the ending in The Running Man by Stephen King, which is another dystopian novel. Both ending were very powerful, while also sad.


When it comes to the idea of this virus, The Flare, I felt it rand very true to the events going on in 2020. Not the type of virus itself, but the speculation of its origin. And in The Kill Order, We learn the truth about the virus. As long as I remember right, the origin has still not been specified until now.


Overall, this was an entertaining read. Although it’s the fourth book in The Maze Runner series, I wouldn’t think anything of it if someone wanted to read this one first. I mean technically it’s the prequel to The Maze Runner. So if you haven’t already, but love young adult, sci-fi or dystopian novels pick this one up and follow it up with the rest of The Maze Runner series!

Warning! Spoilers :)


Going back to the virus and relating to 2020, in the book, I initially believed the virus was initially caused by the events of the sun flares. This books shows us it wasn’t the case at all, it was in fact man-made. Now I’m sure we’ve all heard the speculation of the coronavirus on whether it too was man-made and not from a bat. I hadn’t thought about these speculations for a while, but reading this book brought up the concept forward again.