The Kill Order- James Dashner (TMR Prequel)

Background:

It takes place when the sun flare hits earth. Then most of the people are dead and there are survivors and the main characters are Mark, Trina and Alec and a little girl named Deedee.

The story moves back and forth where while sleeping Mark dreams and it tells us the story of how the world went upside down. How they were trapped in a  tunnel. and how they came out. The book in present day tells how the virus darts were thrown at the people with intention of holocaust. So deedee is the immune one. The virus as expected works but there is a problem that it mutates and through blood it transfers and those who are directly hit die soon. Those who catch the virus die slowly. People not knowing what is happening are struggling. Then Mark and Alec as they are trying to find their friends Lana, Trina and deedee find that all of what is happening is due to government. Since the flare starts and the population is at extreme and lack of resources led to government forming a group and letting them take action (spread the virus to wipe out the population). In the end they are successful in sending Deedee through flat trans and Trina, Mark and Alec have virus in their head.

My VIEW:

Why! sucha a good trilogy with bad start? There was nothing new in this book. All of the government’s “accident” spread of Virus and not Sun flares we knew about it in from the trilogy books. This is just a rough sketch. Just added a story with Flares, Virus, Immune’s and those who have virus in their head.

Good thing is it tells about Thomas being taken away from his mother and how he was chosen to be a part of a better future. I hope the two men and a women who come to pick Thomas are Mark, Alec and Trina. While they come to get the boy the bulb in Thomas’s mom’s home flickers. So that is how Thomas got his name. The women in spaceship kind of suit looks at the bulb and names the kid Thomas like Thomas Eddison.

Hardlya  2 star book.

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The Death Cure- James Dashner

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STORY:

Tom wakes up in a room alone and no one is there to answer him. It has been 3 weeks and all he can think of is eat, exercise and sleep. On the 20thday the door opens and he is angry over Teresa. Tom question Rat man and he relies by saying that the end result will justify their doings. He explains that Tom’s behavior is the blueprint of antivirus. There is a term used for people like Tom who are immune to flare they are called Munies. He asks Tom to clean up and meet his friends and Killzone is their brains. He does mention there are only few who are immune to flare but does not disclose their names.

Then he meets his friends. Teresa is happy to see him so she holds his hands and he discards it as he is angry over her but his friends take the action as embarrassment leading to not holding her hand. Rat man enters telling them they are willing to give all of their memories back. There are only three people who disagree in getting their memories back namely Minho, Newt and Thomas. Thomas is glad that the telepathy will end. It is only a small surgery that is required to get their memories back. Then rat man says there are two groups among the survivors those who have flares and munies. Through the listing they come to know that Newt is not immune and Thomas is shocked. Then when all agree except these three they decide the first chance they get they will run escape from this place.

All of them enter and there are only 6 remaining and 3 who said no. Then Tom sees Brenda in green doctor’s gown. She comes to him hugs him says not to trust anyone except her and Dr. Paige. While both are happy to see each other she is ordered back to operate. Although Teresa starts questioning Brenda Tom is happy to see her. The three who refused are put in a room for tomorrow. They refused and they are taken as hostage. Tom tells Minho and Newt what Brenda said and then they eat and sleep.

Tom dreams about mom. He is eating cereal and his mom is telling him that he is smart and immune and he will not have to go through what his dad went through. Then next morning 5 guards and Rat Man comes and he says it does not matter if they want it or not all of them are receiving their memory back. Realizing this is their only chance they try to escape but are over powered and Thomas is the first one to enter into surgery and he sees Brenda is the doctor for his surgery.

Thomas gets the hint that Brenda is with him. She tells him to trust her and what she did was her job and she is also immune like him. Brenda acts like she tripped and sedates a guard. Then attacking a female guard they escape and Rat man is electrocuted. They take female guard as hostage and while leaving they count to 3 and suddenly lights go out and siren blares. They are in weapon room and Newt leaves for a while and comes back with envelope and letter asking Tom to read it when the time is right.

They reach the Berg room to see Jorge already hit by Teresa and group who have escaped. While climbing Tom and Brenda get hit. Tom wakes up to Brenda on his side where she mentions that all of the things that happened in tunnel is true. Her father was indeed killed by WICKED and she joined WICKED. She met Jorge in Immune meetings and he is the guardian figure to her. She consoles him saying may be Teresa is not so wrong and kisses his cheeks.

They reach Denver and are in a mall and some guy from right arm slips a paper with address to them. It is a note from Gally. Brenda and all are looking for Hans who worked for WICKED and is retired now who can remove the chip from their brains. They meet Gally where he mentions he was being controlled and he acted crazy so that they would set him free. The group comes to know Teresa informed Gally that they are coming and there is a bounty in Hans name. He also mentions that those who are immune have reduced to half in past six months and is not a coincidence. They have vanished into thin air.

They meet Hans and before removing the chip Tom attacks however they are able to remove the chip and Tom has lost telepathy. While they are drinking coffee they are attacked. Tom is taken by people who want money instead of him. Van is attacked by rat man and they escape and when they reach Berg they realize Newt is gone. Tom reads the letter of Newt “KILL ME IF I WAS EVER YOUR FRIEND”. Next day they are attacked and they run in a van. Right Arm saves them and come to know that Right Arm is planning to destroy wicked by demolishing their building. Tom is going to plant in WICKED and Brenda is staying back they part by saying “be careful” “don’t kill yourself”.

To finds where Newt is that is with other infected by flare and Newt is mad because Tom did not do one thing he asked for. Newt attacks and Tom shoots him on the head.

Tom is captured in the WICKED building. The last part of the cure is to remove his brain tissue and analyze them. HE wakes up to see Ava Paige and she tells him about the letter and a map to exit from here. He leaves and meets with Gally, right arm people, Teresa, Aris and Brenda and all. They plan on saving all they go to the maze. While rescuing they get attacked by grievers and they hear WICKED being blasted and the buildings falling down. He reaches the maintenance room as per the map and sends people through flat trans. Then Tom is attacked by Jenson (rat man). They fight a lot and he is so consumed in bloodlust he keeps on hitting the dead Jenson. Just in a flash Teresa gets smashed into a falling ceiling killing her instantly. Lastly, Tom, Brenda, Minho enter flat trans and close the gate.

The place they enter is a paradise. There is Natural River, ocean, hills and many more. He goes to hill top to observe sunset. Brenda joins him saying it is better for the future generations. He does not question her but holds her hand. In return she kisses his cheeks then lips and hugs him. He promises in his mind that he will not tell anyone about killing Newt. HE pulls Brenda closer to him.

Epilogue:

Ava Paige emails all saying how to control the population they leaked the virus and how new test subjects a trials was unnecessary. It was a brutal method. The remaining immune people are precious for future and should not be wasted. WICKED was established for better future and she is glad two immune people helped her achieve the goal. She is happy about the new beginning and WICKED is good.

MY VIEW:

I loved the whole concept how the virus being spread to control population (somehow I can imagine that this may happen in the future). Sad about Newt being dead and happy about Teresa dying. Very happy about Tom and Brenda. A new beginning is a good start.

The Scorch Trials – James Dashner

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The Summary:

After arriving to a room Thomas and Teresa are separated and communicating telepathically they fall asleep only, to wake up where Teresa nowhere to be found. Thomas dreams that he is a little kid and his dad is already crazy from flare and his mom is telling him that he is special and he should not forget that.

When Tom wakes up he has lost the telepathic communication and there are people screaming on window who have flares and they are screaming to die. They search a way out and when they turn the kitchen lights on they see bodies hanging. They find a guy name Airs instead of Teresa. Aris explains how he was in a “Maze” full of girls. Then they see the name tag on the door where it is written Teresa Agnes the betrayer. Hearing his story he is the Teresa on the other maze. Thomas realizes that he can telepathically communicate with Aris and they keep this a secret. He comes to know that they killed his best friend. So Thomas realizes that instead of Chuck he was supposed to die the same manner in another maze.

Everyone has tattoo on their neck as group A or B and their role inscribed. Minho is the leader; Newt is the glue and Thomas as property of group A and to be killed by group B. When they return to the kitchen they see that it is clean like bodies never hung there. There are no screaming flare infected people anymore. They sleep and when Thomas tries to communicate with Teresa she shuts him off like she does not remember anymore.

The next day people are starving and they get package and they see that a man in white is on the other side. They call him the rat man. Rat man mentions they are group A and the first trial is over. He mentions how they can control them and the people hanging was just illusion and they can control their minds. There might be things that is there and cannot be seen and there might be things there but not visible to them. He explains them their second trial also known as “Scorch trials”. They will leave the next day through portal in between 6-6:05 am and after travelling for two weeks they will reach Safe Haven. The cure to flare is there. There is no rule no guidelines and all they have to do is complete the task.

The next day through flat trans (Flat transport) Minho leading the group and Thomas at last they travel. They are travelling in a tunnel and they hear “go back you won’t be sliced and diced” then there is a thud. Thomas gets hold of metal ball covered in blood and one of the 20 boys is dead (headless). Separating into groups they run and another kid gets killed. They climb stairs and see an opening but it is too bright. They get burns so they plan on leaving at night. A silver metal thing melts and burns Winston. As they remove the thing from Winston they decide they should leave now. The gladers move as far as they can and see two figures approaching them. One male and another female they mention that the gladers will either catch the flare or be killed by another group and they leave. They see a black thing ahead. Tome goes and meets Teresa there. They reunite but Tom can see that she is clean and looks like Gally she is being controlled by someone. Teresa advices Tom to come and join her and leave all the other boys but he refuses saying he will find her later. Upon returning he tells Minho everything.

Thomas dreams of him and Teresa when they were kids and being experimented. Teresa can communicate telepathically but Thomas can’t. Then after sometime he can and they smile.

When they reach place with buildings there is a storm and lightning. Many die (11 left) and Minho gets struck. Thomas helps Minho and they enter the building. Then it starts to rain. Jorge is there as leader with group of people. Minho and Jorge fight and Minho gets kicked on his face. Thomas demands 10 minutes from Jorge to explain and he gets the chance. Then Thomas comes t know that all of the people there have flares and they are surviving. Thomas talks about two options 1st to go and get cure from them and 2nd to kill all. Jorge agrees with option 1 but with a clause that Minho dies.

Then Jorge mentions that Brenda will also go with them. Brenda seems to like Thomas and she kisses him on his cheeks and nicks Minho. They eat and leave. Brenda explains how before scientist could warn people the flare was spread. Suddenly, a building collapses dividing them into two groups. Although Thomas feels that Brenda is hiding something he promises her about the cure. Then when they return they find the other gladers not there and blubs are cracking and a man with burn patches and no nose come to them and says I suppose he took my nose. They run and hide in a compartment and each and every moment he feels that he is cheating on Teresa. When they come out the attacker is still there and he grabs Thomas and Brenda attacks him and Thomas ends up killing the crank. Brenda tells her story. She was taken by WICKED and when her dad protested he was killed. Thomas squeezes her hand in support and she sleeps knowing that flare is taking over her. Thomas dreams about him being kid with Teresa and they hear someone talking about maze, variables and ending. That person also says too bad they won’t be alive to see the ending and future generation will thank them.

They see posters all over the place saying Thomas is the leader. Then three people come and take Thomas and Brenda to a party. Then as the gate opens someone greets them saying Thomas we have been waiting for you. They get trapped and when tom explains about flat trans the people refuse to believe saying only rich people can afford that. Then Minho comes to the rescue. While escaping Thomas gets shot. Jorge removes the bullet and he sees Brenda who says sorry to him. He faints and wakes up to hospital where a man and women are talking. They talk about sending Thomas to where he was because that is what he would want them to do.

He hears Teresa and she warns him the next day is going to be rough and he should trust her. Next day women group attacks and takes Tom as hostage. When Tom wakes up Teresa is not there and two girls interrogate him before Teresa comes back. He explains all. They tell him that Teresa does not like you and the kiss was just to manipulate him.

Teresa and Tom get separated and they meet Aris on the road. She explains how she is with Aris kisses him and tells tom that being his best friend was just an act. Although Teresa explains how with Aris all was act and Tom realizes he does not feel right when Teresa kisses him then. Both the groups meet and join forces. Brenda and Teresa meet and Brenda does not trust Teresa. They are attacked by creatures that come from flat trans out of nowhere. Brenda is pulled up and they climb the Berg. The Berg is controlled by rat man. He is angry and says he has to kill one Jorge or Brenda. He mentions Brenda to play reverse psychology. He expected rat man to target Jorge instead but he pulls trigger to Brenda and Thomas attacks with full might. Although Teresa is talking to him telepathically he sleeps.

Thomas hears voice saying things will be hard for him in coming days and he realizes that it is Brenda who is talking to him. He is in a room it has been a week that has passed. The flare hit him. Lastly, he is told he should not contact Teresa and ends by saying WICKED is good.

Epilogue: Ava Paige emails saying there is no cure. The candidates are not decided and they have no idea who is immune to the flare.

My View: I liked the  book. I loved Brenda Character and I wish she ends up with Thomas because Teresa character is fishy. I want the ending to be different. I love the trio “Minho, Thomas and Newt.”

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Thomas enters the maze with only one thing he remembers his name. He can recall the streets and events but not the faces. He is pulled up from box by throwing a rope and people call him with various names such as Greenie, Shuck, Slooper. He comes to know the leader is Alby and Newt is second in command. Thomas is very curious and wants to know more. But Alby says he will be toured tomorrow and right now they are waiting for the package. There is a shrieking noise and Newt leaves Thomas saying to find Chuck for sleeping arrangement. Chuck is a young chubby boy. Chuck was the new kid before Thomas. Thomas notices Beetle blade. He comes to know Ben has been stung by grievers and is screaming. From the beginning Gally and Thomas dislike each other. Gally mentions he has seen him before. Although Chuck tells Thomas not to due to curiosity he goes up where Ben is kept and sees that his skin is pale and the veins are green black and has bruises all over. Alby gets angry and mentions that he will be thrown off the wall. Thomas realizes Chuck is his only friend there. Thomas being punished is in the shade and sees runners return just before the glade door closes. Chuck mentions to Thomas how during his changing he has seen Thomas and he will figure it out. Thomas somehow knows the place and decides that he wants to be a runner.

Next day early morning Newt shows Thomas how a griever looks like and he is scared. Alby gives him the tour gardens, Blood House, Homestead and Deadheads. There is a sound and everyone gathers in the field and the door opens. All of them are scared as the door opened twice in two days when it opens only once a month. There is a girl in the box. She has a note in her hand that says “this is the last one. Ever.” She is not conscious and medjocks look after her. Thomas feels like he knows her somehow. He explores by himself to know that beetle blades are everywhere and they have WICKED written on their back. HE follows one of them and ends up in the graveyard and gets attacked by Ben. Then Thomas is saved by Alby and Newt. Minho (runner) comes and tells them that he found a dead griever. There is a council held who decide that Ben should be banished as he attacked a glader.

Next day Newt mentions how he was a runner and he stopped due to bad leg. He mentions how order is maintained in the maze. Minho and Alby go inside the maze to examine the griever. Time is near when the glade door is going to close but they don’t return. Due to order and rule no one enters to find them. Minho comes with stung Alby and as the door is closing Thomas enters the maze. They are attacked by grivers and Thomas ties Alby in the vines. Thomas sees that even the grievers have WICKED marked on their back. Thomas is helped by Minho who trick grievers to fall into the wall. They survive and return and Thomas comes to know that one serum comes every week. They have a council and few demand punishment. Gally mentions how it is not a coincidence that since he came to the maze things started to change. He also mentions if situation comes then he will be first one to kill Thomas. Alby wants to see Thomas. Alby mentions he knows about Flare, Thomas and the girl. When the world is such a mess why would they want to escape maze? He starts having seizure and Thomas realizes someone else is controlling him. Newt questions Thomas about what else he knows. Thomas then hears the girls voice saying they are the last ones and all of this is their doing and now everything will change. He is a runner and is shown the Map and weapons room. He hears Teresa again where she says she triggered the ending. In the maze Thomas find a vacuum. Back in the Maze Teresa wakes up and Alby is worried as the galde doors is not closing. They survive the night and next day Gally turns up saying he remembers everything and does not want to go back to the world. He also says that they all will die one per day. He hits Thomas in the jaw and is taken away by the grievers. Teresa has written WICKED is good and says that maze itself is a code. They are attacked and map room is burned and yet the copy of them is somewhere. They figure out that code is alphabets. They use baking paper to trace alphabets. The papers read FLOAT, CATCH, BLEED, DEATH, STIFF, PUSH.

Thomas to know more intentionally gets himself stung and comes with memories. He tells all how they were picked as child and how their names are derived from famous people Issac Newton (Newt), Albert Einstein (Alby). Then they know that WICKED wants to see the survival of the fittest. Around 21 gladers agree to fight the grievers and leave the glade. While some lose their lives in fighting Chuck and Teresa go to insert the code. Ably is dead and they open the gates. Reach to a room destroyed and Gally is there being controlled by someone attacks Thomas but Chuck jumps in and saves Thomas and dies in his arms. Tom kills Gally by attacking him. All of the survivors are taken by people dressed in black. In the vehicle they are told how sun flares attack killed people hitting their brains. Within days millions were dead. WICKED works to serve humanity and they reach their destination. They change freshen up eat and sleep. Teresa sleeps in a separate room.

Book ends with AVA PAIGE emailing all saying how WICKED is to serve and preserve humanity. They did not so many survivors and the leader has not been decided yet. When they wake up Phase II will begin. She also mentions she got results from group B. Formulating data she will give them results.

There are many differences and changes from the book but the story theme and base is the same. I loved the concept.