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The Kill Order

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Action-packed prequel to popular Maze Runner trilogy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Don't buy it!

Action so predictible! Nothing spectacular! Maze runner it was good, this is a waste of time!
age 11+

This was just a little disapointing

Once I found out that this wasn't mainly about Thomas I just decided to quit. I don't know if they ever pop into the book but The death cure was good and so was the first two books.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (28 ):

The action makes the book a fast read and a great choice for reluctant readers, who will flinch along the way at some of the extreme material, like when Mark admits enjoying crushing a man to death. The characters in THE KILL ORDER may be a bit stereotypical -- Mark's entourage includes Alec, a grizzled old man with a heart of gold, and feisty, popular Trina, who only became Mark's girlfriend after "pretty much everyone else she'd ever known had died" -- but teens will certainly race their way through Mark's endless battles.

Teens may lose sight of some of the bigger issues while they're reading this prequel, but when they finish, they'll be ready to discuss lots of thought-provoking questions, from the speculative (if you were in a life-or-death situation, what would you do to survive?) to the philosophical (is it ever right for a government to decide who gets a share of limited resources or who gets to survive?). Parents and teachers should consider reading along so they can launch these compelling and important conversations.

Book Details

  • Author: James Dashner
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Topics: Great Boy Role Models
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: August 14, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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