The Fever Code by James Dashner
The Fever Code by James Dashner is a second prequel to the Maze Runner Series (the fifth installment overall). This book takes place chronologically after The Kill Order, and right before The Maze Runner.
It could be read chronologically, but I read it in the order it was published (after the trilogy), and found it interesting, as it answered questions that I had while reading the series. It is also nice to find backstories to some of the other characters in the trilogy, in particular Newt.
The book chronicles the events of how Thomas and a few of his friends eventually end up in the Maze. After the solar flares hit earth, a large part of the human population is wiped out. Others are left with “the Flare”, a disease that slowly drives them to madness and death. Other survivors, mostly children, and those that are immune (munies) to the Flare, are rounded up and taken to a research facility in Alaska known as WICKED (World In Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department), where they will be studied and put through tests, with the object being to find a cure.
Thomas is five when he arrives, and this is where he meets Teresa, who becomes his closest friend. The two of them will become major players at WICKED, and help to design the MAZE.
However, Thomas always has reservations regarding WICKED and their methods, and their lies. Teresa seems to feel that everything WICKED does is fine, and promotes finding a cure. Thomas is not so sure.
On a side note, I did not like Teresa throughout the series, and this book did nothing to change my mind.
I like Dashner’s writing style. The story-line moves along well, and the characters have depth. You can really feel the emotions that Thomas goes through, the anger, the confusion, the fear, the sadness. I just wish Dashner had given him a little more back-bone.
I may have to re-read the trilogy now…..
Read: May 2017
Favorite Quotes from The Fever Code:
“ ‘One must know the problem better than the solution, or the solution becomes the problem.’ ” He was pretty sure it meant absolutely nothing.”
“What’s there to be scared about?” Thomas asked. “A postapocalyptic city with no government or security, surrounded by a desert and swarming with Cranks. I mean, come on. Don’t be a sissy.”
About the Author: James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, as well as the Mortality Doctrine Series. He was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. I wish he would update his website.