The Kill Order: Book Four; Origin (The Maze Runner Series)

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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.791996

Book four in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don’t miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.
Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage.
They’re convinced that there’s a way to save those who are left—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.
The end is only the beginning.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.

Also look for James Dashner’s edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series!

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

“[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.” —

“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.” Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”

“Breathless, cinematic action.” —Publishers Weekly

Heart pounding to the very last moment.” —Kirkus Reviews

Exclamation-worthy.” —Romantic Times

“James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.” —Deseret News

From the Hardcover edition.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published on January 7, 2014 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385742894
ISBN-13: 9780385742894
12 Book Reviews
  • thebookgeek
    thebookgeekabout 2 years55 stars
    Some people say that this book isn't as good as the others in the series, and I disagree with that. This book has many surprise twists and is a very cool look at during and right after the sun flares as opposed to 10+ years in the future. You also get the backstory of a character in Maze Runner, and how the virus (the flare) spread. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Maze Runner trilogy. 5/5!
    • septembergirl
      septembergirlover 4 years33 stars
      I always read fiction and thats ok because I find so many books that I love. I didn't like this one as much as I liked the other ones It just wasn't as good.
      • bearpawzeus66
        bearpawzeus66about 5 years11 star
        I agree with gtaylor505. This book was terrible on so many levels and was my least favorite in the series. It had barely any character development and it didn't get deep into developing the character before the character died off. I wouldn't recommend this book.
        • gtaylor505
          gtaylor505over 5 years11 star
          This book was a disappointment in many ways. It's a prequel to the Maze Runner series, and I didn't think it was very good. Even worse than the rest of the series, this book had little if any character development or real emotion in it. I wouldn't recommend you read this book.
          • POOKAover 5 years
            i want trina and alec to be together they are my otp!!!!!! :D
            • parkmantheboss
              parkmanthebossover 6 years
              It is great. It is very scary and gory, but the story is wonderful and for die hard fans it is amazing.
              • jray
                jrayalmost 8 years55 stars
                This one is even better.😇😮
                • bigmelo
                  bigmeloalmost 8 years55 stars
                  Ooh, a prequel... I love the plot in most story prequels - I don't think this one can possibly be an exception. :)
                  • bobsayshi
                    bobsayshialmost 8 years55 stars
                    Awesome book.
                    • ok_just_talk
                      ok_just_talkabout 8 years55 stars
                      you should really check it out