The Kill Order (Book Review)


The Kill Order by James Dashner (The Maze Runner Prequel)

4.5/5 stars

(Disclaimer: I wrote this review a few minutes after finishing the book. I usually do that. I’m sorry if it seems a bit scatter brained, but I like to get everything out while it’s still fresh. Maybe one day I’ll take my time and write and edit a real review, but for now have some scattered opinions. Enjoy!)

Holy. Shit.

Ok so this book is literally non stop from about page 100 until the end. Literally. Non. Stop. No breaths to catch up and understand until about the second to last chapter and then THE END. I just can not even think straight. I really wanted to have a well thought out intelligent review but I just can’t give that right now. The last 50 or so pages are soul-crushing and revealing and I feel like I was just punched in the gut. It fits so perfectly with the series and my brain is just buzzing out of control right now.

Let’s try to make some sense of this review. Now that I’ve blabbered. So the ending basically killed me emotionally, but it worked so. well. with the rest of the novels. What got me with this book and the entire series really is the way it made me think constantly and critically even when I wasn’t reading it or focusing on it. My brain has been consumed with those too-deep topics that we hate bringing to the front of our consciousness because it makes us too dizzy and self-consumed. I’ve been wracking myself with thoughts of humanity and the future and the ideals of existence and holy crap on a cracker I don’t even know how to end this damn review.

Just read the series. Then read this prequel. Just do it. It’s a great read and it really makes you walk away with a sparked sense of being that we all have but needs to be ignited every once and a while.

I have read other reviews about this saying it was mindless action with no plot. But it is COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE. Just like those who didn’t like the 2nd book in this series, The Scorch Trials, they are looking too much into the side details that were meant to be just that, side details. The cult and sacrificial references were not meant to be so strictly criticized. They were more there for the pure fact that humans go a bit dark side when their brains are rattling inside their sick, bruised, and bloody skulls. 

Anyway, I say stop worrying too much about the details and focus on the big picture that Dashner was trying to draw out. Let your mind wander and freak out a little bit on you. I promise it won’t hurt as much as the Flare does.


Here are some of the other books that I am going to read next and hopefully review. I’ve already started The Power of Six, which is the sequel to I Am Number Four, and it is already really good.

What are you reading right now?

xoxo Gigi.



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