The Kill Order
By: Sam Slate
Information on the Kill Order
- Format Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions 128 x 196 x 24mm | 260g
- Publication date 01 Jul 2013
- Publisher Chicken House Ltd
- Publication City/Country Somerset, United Kingdom
- Language English
- ISBN10 1908435593
- ISBN13 9781908435590
- Sales rank 512
Originally published: August 14, 2012
Page count: 327
Genres: Young-adult fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction
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.“—EW.com
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com
“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
Surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of madness and murder spread across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. The worse part is its 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.
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.
A prequel to the series that began with The Maze Runner (2009) takes readers back to the moment when the sun flares devastate the Earth and tells the story of the birth of the killer virus that followed.
Mark and Trina were riding the New York City subtrans system when the flares originally struck. Glad to have each other, they were very lucky to meet up with Alec and Lana, both ex-military and equipped with plenty of survival skills. It has taken them a year to get to relative safety in the Appalachian Mountains and to establish a settlement with other survivors. Life is beginning to resemble “normal,” when they are once again attacked from the sky, this time by soldiers. The situation worsens when survivors begin to sicken and die, but not before going mad. The small group makes its way back out into the forest, hunting for their attackers and looking for answers. It’s only a matter of time before one of them, infected, goes insane….Blending past, present and future, this is a gritty and unnerving look at a post-apocalyptic world that both recalls early classics of the genre and looks forward to Dashner's already-established trilogy.
The kill order has the characters of the teenager Mark, Trina, their friends Toad, Misty, and Darnell, together with army veterans Alec and Lana. They are camped in the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, living in a village of huts. For the first time in a year, things seem settled. One day, Mark and Alec are shocked to discover that a Berg, an airship, comes to the village, and men in hazardous material suits begin shooting the villagers with darts. Mark and Alec break into the Berg, only to find out the darts are full of a dangerous virus, which comes to be known as the Flare. It drives people insane, later killing them.
Mark and Alec return to the village. Darnell has come down with the virus. Eventually, he dies. Misty later contracts the virus and dies, as does Toad. Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana decide to head to the Berg's headquarters, seeking a cure. They go through the woods, finding a little girl named Deedee who is unaffected by the virus. Mark and Alec are separated from Lana, Trina, and Deedee by a fire caused by the crazy people. They are captured by people at the Berg's headquarters. Mark and Alec infiltrate the base to rescue them, and they discover three things. First, the city of Asheville has turned its back on the Berg base; second, the virus is being spread deliberately to wipe out half the world's population to conserve materials; and third, Asheville has a Flat Trans, a transportation device linked to Alaska, where the PFC, the Post-Flare Coalition international government, is based. Orders have been issued to unleash the virus. Mark and Alec rescue Trina, and Deedee. Alec puts Lana, who is near death, out of her misery.
Then, they fly a stolen Berg to Asheville, where Mark sends Deedee through the Flat Trans with a note saying she is immune to the virus, and she is somehow the cure as well. Meanwhile, the Berg base's operatives storm Asheville with an army of the infected, crazy people. Mark, Alec, and Trina have all come down with the virus. As Trina and Mark embrace, Alec crashes the Berg into the PFC building that houses the Flat Trans.
The Maze Runner
This book is actually the future from the Kill Order
The Scorch Trials
This book is The Future to all of the books.
The Death Cure
This book falls in between the future of The Kill Order and the past of The Maze Runner
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