Title: The Fever Code
Author: James Dashner
Paperback: 304 pages
Published: 27 September 2016
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
This review will contain spoilers. Continue at your own risk!
I found it really hard to put a rating on this book. It could easily jump up to 4 or slide right down to 2.5 for different things, so I’ll go somewhere in the middle.
We’ll start off with the good: This book made me actually like the main character. Throughout The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, I didn’t really care much for Thomas, and by the end of The Death Cure I actually didn’t like him. But this book somehow managed to change all of that around, so there’s that.
The best thing this book has going for it is the characters. Thomas was likeable, Teresa was as unpredictable as ever (I wanted to punch her after reading the epilogue) and Newt, Minho and Alby were all around. Also Chuck! It was so nice to see Chuck in this book, I was slightly afraid he’d be skipped over a bit.
We were also introduced to Dr Paige properly, who seems to be morally grey. She desperately wants to find a cure, yes – but she dupes her ‘favourite’ test subject to do it. Hmm.
She also infects and ensures the death of anyone standing in her way of becoming Chancellor of WICKED, which isn’t the actions of a person with morals.
Unfortunately, there was very little storyline. Don’t get me wrong, it answered questions and bridged the gap between The Kill Order and The Maze Runner but that was about it. If you’re planning on reading this book, you would have to read the others to get some sort of understanding of it.
Also, there are some pretty heavy scenes in this books. Within a few pages, Thomas is being tortured at the age of 5 to take his new name, so WICKED must be pretty messed up from the start.
Then, when they are about 10, it’s Minho’s turn, and let me tell you, that scene is horrifying. It’s implied that the poor kid has to go through what we are shown through Thomas’s eyes four times. No wonder he’s pretty much broken after that.
It’s also implied that Thomas suffers some kind of depression on and off throughout the book, which is possibly one of the most realistic things about it. He’s pretty much kept in solitary confinement as a kid, and as he gets older he’s forced to go behind his friends backs. Not the best lifestyle to give someone who is still growing up, but that’s kind of the point of the book, I guess.
There’s a suicide attempt within the book too, but it is one we knew about from The Death Cure anyway. Just something to bear in mind if the reader is particularly triggered.
It’s hard to pin ages on the kids as they grow up – at the beginning they’re about 5-6 and at the end they’re about 15-16, which means they were 13-14 when they were put in the maze.
In all, it’s a decent filler book, and I did enjoy it because of the characters – however I still have questions. (Granted, they’re mostly things like What’s Newt’s real name? But still.)
Anyone else read this and want to share their thoughts?