This is a series I had originally thought I had finished until I went to goodreads and saw that this book had been released. Finally I got around to reading it and can finally say I have finished this series for the first time, anyway it is time for a review.
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
Taken from Goodreads
I tried to read this book twice before, each time I got to about the 50 page mark and I got bored and gave up for the time being. Now that I have finished it, it still took me well over a week to finish it, this is because I kept finding things that I wanted to do more which included university work which just doesn’t seem right. However the main problem is that this book isn’t bad it is good but that is about as far as I can go with the praise.
This is a book you should read before the rest of the series and I personally think it is stupid when authors release prequals of a series after the series has came out. You get invested with the characters over the course of the series but with prequals you basically start again in the same universe but just in a different time period and a lot of the time with different characters. This is what I found to be the problem with this book, I didn’t like any of the characters at first I just found them all to be so generic. The only character I could actually relate to what Darnell but even then he wasn’t around for a lot of the book.
When I got passed the 100 page mark I started to get into the book as we were finding out more about what happened to mark and how he managed to meet up with the rest of the people in his group, I found this to be really interesting and think the author did a great job with including stuff like this in the book.
The overall descprition of everything was spot on everything was easy to imagine what it looked like, this included the general area and the characters themselves. Of course a lot more could have been said to make the image a lot more clear and give the reader an easier time.
Overall if you are thinking of starting the Maze Runner series then please start with this book, it will just make your overall experience with the series that much better. The book is good, I just wished it was the official first part of the series instead of a 0.5 version.
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