The Kill Order by James Dashner

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The following review contains spoilers for the Maze Runner series.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian

The Kill Order is the fourth book in the Maze Runner series and a prequel to The Maze Runner itself. It could be read without reading the other books but I think there are slights spoilers just in the prologue.

The Kill Order takes place 13 years before The Maze Runner began. It tells the story of Mark, a teenage boy living through the aftermath of the sun flares (a phenomenon we found out about in The Scorch Trials, the second books in the series) which ravaged the earth.  When Mark and his friends are attacked by people wielding the darts laced with The Flare (a virus we also learned about in The Scorch Trials), they begin a quest to confront those who are behind the attacks. The story also tells in flashback about Mark’s experience surviving the flares. Continue reading »

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Genre: Fantasy

I recently reread Graceling in preparation for reading its sequel, Bitterblue. It’s still one of my favorite young adult books.

Graceling takes place in a fictional kingdom in which certain individuals have “graces” – a grace being a special ability of some sort. Heroine Katsa has such a grace – she is graced with a talent for killing. Forced to act as a tool for her uncle, the king, Katsa acts out behind his back as part of a council she has formed to bring justice to the kingdom – and those kingdoms around her – with the help of friends and allies. Continue reading »

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