The Fever Code (Maze Runner Prequel) | James Dashner
Kindle Edition | 329 pages | Released 27 September 2016
All will be revealed in the fifth book in James Dashner’s #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. This is the story that fans all over the world have been waiting for—the story of how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze. You will not want to miss it.
Once there was a world’s end. The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled. Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy. The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze. Now there are secrets. There are lies. And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down. All will be revealed.
A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming. Before there was the Maze, there was The Fever Code. – GOODREADS
The Fever Code is the story of how it all began. It gives us great insight into the back story of the Maze Runner characters we have grown to love. Knowing what I know now has unlocked pieces of the puzzle that I had either forgotten, or never worked out.
James Dashner has explored outstanding questions, building on the series’ foundations to provide us with some answers and reveal new perspectives. The focus in The Fever Code was less on the action, escape, and survival, and more around the growth and learning of the main characters. It was about how they came to be in the maze and how they were involved in its creation and its ultimate purpose.
To stay true to the journey we’ve taken through the original books, I think this one should be read in the order it was written. Read the original series first, then go back to ‘before’ the beginning with this one. I think it’s preferrable to not know what happened before the original Maze Runner books started.
If there was anything that niggles at the back of my mind, it was a minor thought that could be said for any book with large man-made settings. How did something so big get built in the aftermath of a worldwide tragedy. As with any such apocalyptic event, I’d assume that all the companies that design vast complexes, and the factories that create the building materials for them would have been desolate because all of their workers would have died. So, how did all the design, materials (cement, steel, etc.) get made, delivered, and built?
Yes, there is mention in the book of building the maze, but the scale of how many people would be needed to make it happen wasn’t really explored in any great detail. I know that wasn’t the main focus, Thomas was. I know I’m over thinking this, but that’s just my natural inclination to find logic in things. If I put that need for logic aside, I can definitely say that I really did enjoy this book.
This is another great addition to the Maze Runner series. Knowing what is revealed in this book, I recommend it be read in the order it was written. Meaning, read the original books of the series first, then read this one. That way you can experience all of the questions, twists, and uncertainty along the way.
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