Posts Tagged ‘The Kill Order’

When I reviewed James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy a while back, I praised it for doing several things that I think the best YA dystopias (and quality YA SF in general) tend to do well.  Foremost among these were limited exposition of the story-world and keeping a steady pace of events or episodes.

While I stand by those original points about the trilogy, upon finishing the recently-published prequel to the trilogy, The Kill Order, I’m a bit disappointed in how those very same things were handled in this particular book.  While the prequel isn’t awful (it’s certainly a decent adventure story that kept me reading), it falters on several levels and one can’t help but wonder if Dashner either rushed this one out or simply ran out of ideas for the series.

[Plot spoilers follow]