When sun flares hit the Earth, it nearly obliterates the human race. Survivors live in basic communities. Then an enemy arrives, infecting people with a highly contagious virus. It's up to Mark and his friends to find a cure before the Flare infects them all.
This prequel to Dashner's dystopian Maze Runner trilogy, set 13 years before those books,focuses on a new character Mark who lives through the "sun flares" that decimate Earth. He creates a new family with other survivors, including Alec, a tough old soldier, and Trina, his love interest. But then strangers arrive on an airship and infect villagers with a mysterious virus, which quickly spreads and mutates. Maze Runner fans may be surprised by the new protagonist, but they will be swept up in the breathless, cinematic action. Whether Mark is flashing back to his escape from the sun flares, stealing an airship with Alec, or battling hordes of virus-infected maniacs, Dashner's adventure is filled with near-constant melees and peril (some readers might want to trade some fight scenes for more narrative and character development). Even so, Dashner has crafted a clever prequel that will appeal to fans anxious to see where The Maze Runner came from, while enticing those unfamiliar with the later books. Ages 12 up.
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Bit disappointed about the characters at the start, but the ending was awesome. Such a sweet thing.
And the epilogue! That was amazing! Just a small bit of information - so effective. Loved it.
Poor, bad prequel
This book was a bit vague towards what the problem was. It didn't really make sense and I didn't enjoy reading it!
OH NO YOU DIDNT DASHNER
Dashner has just made what might be my favourite book of all time. If I had to choose between the goodness of the trilogy put together and the prequel, I'd go for the prequel. This was all the answers I wanted. I hardly EVER give anything 5 stars. 4 and a half at the most. Which makes this book pretty special. The only teency weency problem I had was the ending.
Ending. I guess theres the epilougue, but still... There coulve been more. Great job though, Dashner. You are worthy.