Book Review: The Fever Code by James Dashner

344 pages

Summary: This book covers the time period between The Kill Order and The Maze Runner. It’s a story about the creation of the maze and implementation of the maze trials. Thomas and Teresa grow up in the WICKED complex. In the beginning they are both isolated from everyone, even each other. Finally, they meet, but they are still isolated from the rest of the “subjects,” until one night when Newt, Minho, and Alby take them out for a walk and a chat. From this point, everything changes. Thomas starts to feel like he’s a part of something, which makes it so much harder when the boys are sent into the maze–a large group to begin with and then one a month. Watching his friends go through hell makes him question a lot about what they are doing with the maze trials, and then he makes a choice to go into the maze himself.

First Sentence: It snowed the day they killed the boy’s parents.


My Rating: 3/3

I read a few reviews from people who said that there was no need of this book. That it was just something to cash in on the success of the series and the movies. I was a little worried that the story might not be as good as the previous four books, but I always like to keep an open mind and trust my gut. So glad that I did. I loved this book, and I didn’t realize how much I needed it to bridge the gap between The Kill Order and The Maze Runner.

First off, the book starts with Newt’s pre-Wicked story. We see him with his family right before he loses them. Newt has been one of my favorite characters, right up there with Minho and Thomas, and I was glad that we got to learn more about his life before the Maze. Actually, my favorite part of this book was seeing the Gladers before the Glade. I loved seeing the similarities of their personalities before and after the memory swipe. Newt has the same nickname for Thomas before and after. Minho creates his own cuss words before and after. Chuck is super chatty and helps Thomas deal with a lot of things before and after. And Thomas has trouble dealing with what he’s asked to do before and after. He really just wants to be with his friends, keep the gang together. And he feels this crushing sense of guilt and responsibility when anything happens to anyone.

I have had a very complicated relationship with Teresa. Reading The Kill Order changed my perspective a little bit because we see her surviving as a small child during the release of the Flare virus. Obviously living through something like that is going to color your personality. It’s traumatizing and can empower someone to do whatever it takes to change the world. The Fever Code re-complicated my feelings about her, which could be frustrating, but I like to think of it more like this is how I should see her. On one hand, her cause is noble. She wants to save the world from the Flare virus. On the other hand, she believes the ends justify the means, which is how the Flare virus was released in the first place. And here she is working for the people that released the Flare virus and basically destroyed her life. Mostly, it’s hard to trust her because her underlying goal is always to cure the Flare, and she will do anything necessary to do this. This is especially apparent in her relationship with Thomas, which I won’t say too much about because there are some bombshells that I don’t want to spoil for anyone else.

In general, this book is a little about the story but mostly about the characters, as you can probably tell from this review so far, which is very different from the other books which were mostly about the stories. Probably because we already know where the story will lead. I feel like most books start off at one point and then spend the entire book answering a question, like how they can escape or if there’s really a cure. The questions this book asks are basically about who Thomas and Teresa are and how the maze came about. And I think the answer we get is very complete.

As you can tell from my rating, this is definitely a series that I would re-read. And I think it would be interesting to re-read it chronologically rather than in release date order.  Would this change my perspective on the story and where the original trilogy ends? I’ll let you know one day when I re-read this series.

 

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