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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

Hardcover, 329 pages
Published on August 14, 2012 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385742886
ISBN-13: 9780385742887
30 Book Reviews
  • lovetoread26
    lovetoread26Friday, June 19, 2020 at 7:39 am55 stars
    This was a really cool book! Sometimes prequels to amazing series are not so great, but that was not the case with The Kill Order. It tells the story of Mark, Trina, Alec, Deedee, and Lana. It takes place 13 years before Thomas goes into the Maze. Make sure that A. You have read the whole series before you read this. B. You read the Teresa files at the end of the book for a shocking and surprising secret-it made my heart stop momentarily! Now for a quick summary: Mark and the crew live in a shack community in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Then the virus comes. Mark, Alec, Trina, Deedee, and Lana go on a mission to find out more about the virus and what is happening in the world. The mission goes awry, and Mark and Alec end up having to save Lana, Trina, and Deedee from the Cranks. Anyways, I hope that you enjoy this book!
    • georgiagirl
      georgiagirlSaturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:18 am
      I think this book gives u a good base on what happened before wicked.
      • Mister. DudeFriday, May 19, 2017 at 9:47 am
        This book was horrible. I loved the first 3 but this one was absolute garbage I didn't even finish it.
        • 42mineturtles
          42mineturtlesFriday, February 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm55 stars
          I loved this series. Though I prefer the other 3 books. this one was still amazing though and was really interesting.
          • seanw
            seanwThursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:26 am44 stars
            I think this book is not bad but comparing to the 3 other 3 books I don't think it is as good. I think the story line was not as strong and as interesting as the 3 other book maybe because there is less pages to tell the story. I think the fighting things and the detail in the story is not bad. I think they can make the story better by add more information about the back ground which will make the story line stronger.
            • megank
              megankThursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:25 am55 stars
              Kill Order is the 4th book in the Maze Runner series of what happened 13 years before the Maze and I love it! The story starts with New York City being attacked by solar flares, where Mark, Trina, Alec and Lana form an alliance. Together, along with a little girl named Deedee, they try to figure out what is happening to Earth and whether they can save the day. One of my favourite scenes in this book is when Mark and Trina send Deedee into WCKD headquarters. They also put a small note in her pocket saying that she's immune and asks them to take good use of her, I think it's really touching because it shows that Mark and Trina truly care about her and the world. Overall, this is an amazing book and if you love the Maze Runner Series and want to find out about more, definitely read this!
              • oliverc
                olivercSunday, December 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm55 stars
                This book is about the survivors trying to find a safe place that has no infected people for them to live. “The Flare” is a virus that is spread by sun flares, and it will mess with people’s mind, and make people crazy. The main characters are Mark, Alec, Trina, and Deedee. Alec is a soldier before the Flare, starts killing people. Mark, Trina, and Deedee are the people that live in small towns before the Flare. My favorite character is Alec because he knows how to fight, and he shows bravery when fighting. In contrast, I felt very frustrated when Mark is hiding like a little wimp during a fight. I really like this book because the parts where Mark and Alec are facing their enemies are very intense. Therefore, I will recommend this book to my friends because I want them to read the fighting parts in the story.
                • may_c
                  may_cThursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:13 am
                  I didn't like this book as much as other 3 books. It was interesting to know the life of Thomas and Teresa before the maze and how they met. This book included a lot of killings which I don't like a lot, even though I like books with some violence and conflict, but reading this book feels like the whole book is just they killing a lot of peoples. But I still like how they introduce the character and explain their background. I can't wait till 2016 for the 2 prequel is out, even though I'm don't like this book that much, but I still want to know more about what they did before they went to the maze. I suggest people who is interested in how Thomas and Teresa met and who they really are before going to the maze to read this book.
                  • milkshake378Monday, November 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
                    I CANT WAIT TILL THE MOVIE
                    • milkshake378Monday, November 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
             book I have ever read...THANK YOU JAMES DASHER!!!