The prequel to the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2012 James Dashner (P)2012 Listening Library
I loved this series and so the Pre-quel was a "must listen" for me. I don't regret listening at all and it was entertaining. But, I found the other books more interesting and more rich. Perhaps knowing where it is all going takes away the punch though. Overall, I do recommend this to fans, but don't listen to it first. Maybe its for "fans only".
He could have linked it better to the maze runner trilogy, giving some insight, some new facts about the political background.
The main characters are badly chosen in general. To make the prequel interesting to read, the story should be about the politicians giving the kill order, rather than the victims who only get a few glimpses of what is happening.
I absolutely loved the maze runner trilogy and was looking forward to finally getting a load of answers in the prequel. However the author chose not to reveal anything that you didn't already know at the end of the trilogy. About 70% of this novel consists of close combat fights that are described in detail. I was utterly bored by it, and totally unsatisfied with the lack of a story.
I hope that the next book in the series, "The Fever Code" will be the real prequel we've all been waiting for.
Yes but I hate the idea of prequels. The only reason I read this one is because I read it before the others.
The Hunger Games but way darker so far.
It made me sad. Actually really sad. But no tears. I liked several of the characters and got attached.
I just finished this and I'm glad I read it first because I think had I read the trilogy first it would have ruined it for me. Not because the story isn't great but because knowing ultimately where it all ends up would have spoiled it. It would have taken away the suspense and hope I had while reading it.
There are no answers. Nothing is ever fully explained. It was like being on a treadmill going full speed that never slows down. Everything became numb after a while. It was like listening to the same story over and over and over again.
Don't waste your time. Seriously you don't learn anything new and there are no cool or interesting stories or facts that relate the rest of the series that make it worth the read.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I read a review that said, "Read this first!" You do NOT have to do that. I read all 3 in the original series first then read this one. I can't say reading this book first will do you any good really, in reference to understanding anything prior to reading it in order of release date. I liked this book and I felt at peace w/how the plague/illness started. I would have liked to have learned more about what Thomas and the others did while in the care of WICKED. It wouldn't have made a difference to the story, it's just what I was curious about. No big.
This will show you how the world breaks down more so than Book 2 & 3. Very interesting and well worth the read. I gave the 4 stars on "story" only because I wanted to hear more about Thomas during his stay w/WICKED. That's all.
This story was action packed and very suspenseful. It was cool to see the origins of the flare from the perspective of a lay person trying to survive. To witness the path of the sickness and how it changes people was gripping. I can honestly say I liked this book more than the original three. This book is a little darker and has way more action
As far as a tag line I don't really know. But after watching the Maze Runner movie that just came out I would say that they should have started with this book because it would have drawn way more fans.
My only negative comment is how many times can a guy be put in a choke hold in one book. When the book even addresses the fact by staying a statement like "for what seemed like the forth time today Mark was being choked out" (not a direct quote but basically) it becomes a little excessive.
I'd put this toward the top of my list.... Full of action and character development. A great addition to the Thomas and Theresa saga.
Mark and Alec were so different yet still easy to identify with for different reasons... Great prequel characters.
Great ability to define the characters vocally.
I enjoyed learning how it all started. I liked the new characters too.
It was a little more violent than the other books but well worth the read.
Yes, a bit boring at the start but it gets better as you move forward.
Story was exciting, filled of action.
The change of voices, and the way his voice would express the situation. I love it.
The end. (can't say why....)
I thoroughly enjoyed the maze runner, and though this would be no exception. Unfortunately what I realized was that as these books move along their quality diminishes substantially. First book was great, second was alright, third was bearable, and this last one is a mess!
I could easily summarize this 68 chapter book in under 2 chapters without leaving out any important detail. The story drags and drags, and we are still left with substantially large plot holes at the end.
I was also disappointed in the story choice. I thought we'd get to hear more about WICKED, but instead we follow a bunch of teens after the sun flares. Which is alright, but I think dashner missed so many opportunities to make the story he created really stand out
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