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The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel | [James Dashner]

The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Nick MACON, MO, United States 08-15-14
    Nick MACON, MO, United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Read it first"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but I hate the idea of prequels. The only reason I read this one is because I read it before the others.


    What other book might you compare The Kill Order to and why?

    The Hunger Games but way darker so far.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad. Actually really sad. But no tears. I liked several of the characters and got attached.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Yosemite, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Holly Yosemite, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    hollyclimber

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    "Worth it, but the weakest in the series"

    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".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Madalyne LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK, United States 03-16-14
    Madalyne LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Waste of time"
    What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 10-22-14
    Alex 10-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Prequel better than the original"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stefany 05-27-14
    Stefany 05-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Intriguing, definitely a great ending for the"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a bit boring at the start but it gets better as you move forward.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was exciting, filled of action.


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The change of voices, and the way his voice would express the situation. I love it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end. (can't say why....)


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toni PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-12-12
    Toni PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-12-12
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    "Love this series!"
    Where does The Kill Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark and Alec were so different yet still easy to identify with for different reasons... Great prequel characters.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Great ability to define the characters vocally.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-05-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Watch out for the flares!"
    Where does The Kill Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alec - Tough guy


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    Alec


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't lose your trans-vice


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the complete series of books. I am glad they made the prequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh 12-11-12
    Leigh 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen! Even more riveting than Maze Runner!"
    What did you love best about The Kill Order?

    I enjoyed learning how it all started. I liked the new characters too.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little more violent than the other books but well worth the read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 09-01-12
    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2007

    I love true crime. YA books and I didn'tuse too but seriese. Vampire, harry potter, especailly dystopian novels.

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    "Where it began."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kill Order to be better than the print version?

    Yes I love the different voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kill Order?

    Too many.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Not that I know of,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I've read the whole series and I needed to know the begining.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    gatetraveler CA 07-28-14
    gatetraveler CA 07-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "It killed ME!"
    What disappointed you about The Kill Order?

    the whole plot story. This book was not for me at all. I was hoping that it would be interesting enough for the following book. There is nothing that held my attention in this book. Therefore, I can't say anything positive about it.


    What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

    Nothing stands out. I really tried to back up and re-listen to certain points, but his story was not interested to me. This book was not for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better plot. I don't even recall what the plot is really about, Headaches?


    What character would you cut from The Kill Order?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I believe I said enough about this book-----next!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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