The Kill Order by James Dashner Review

James Dashner

Publication Date:
August 14, 2012

Random House Children’s Publishing

Hardcover, 336 pages

CAD $20.99

A copy was provided by Random House Canada for review




The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

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.

About The Author

JAMES DASHNER was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is also the author of The 13th Reality.


There’s jut something about James Dashner’s writing that sucks you in and doesn’t let up until that last page is read. The Kill Order was no different. There’s a lot of fast-paced action with a similar purpose as The Maze Runner, survival. Before the Gladers ever came to be, there was Mark. He was there when the sun flares dropped from the sky burning everything in sight, including human flesh. As gruesome as that sounds, there were a lot of scenes which were too horrible to picture. I don’t want to spoil it, but once you read these parts, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Apart from the gruesome scenes, the plot moves fast. Mark tries to find out the truth behind the people who shot his villag with a virus, rescuing his best friend, and most importantly, trying to stay sane when the virus starts to claim him. His battle between his normal conscious self, to the violent crazy self was intense. You can tell it takes a toll on him but he’s strong enough to fight it.

The description says a lot about Trina, his best friend, but she was hardly in the story to begin with. The romance was cute, not too cheesy and too winded. There was a lot going on so I’m glad it wasn’t the main focus.

The viewpoints change from the past to the present. It bothered me a tiny bit, just because there was such a break in the story. I would rather have liked it better if it was one continuous storyline. It would have flowed better in my opinion.

James Dashner has done it again, and I can’t wait what else he has in store for us.

Rating 4/5


“This book would be so much better if I didn’t have some creepy guy stalking me while I tried to read it.”—Trina

The Kill Order by James Dashner book trailer