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REVIEW: The Fever Code by James Dashner

‘The Fever Code’ reveals new concepts to this fan-loved series!
 

Through The Fever Code, James Dashner’s brilliant writing manages to reveal new elements to this fun series!

The blurb:

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.

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Prequels tend to be a bit repetitive and I usually don’t enjoy them. Immediately The Fever Code finds a way to share new information though which left me happily surprised!

All of our favorite characters are back! Personally, my favorite character in this series has always been Thomas. He’s still the intelligent, brave, and selfless boy we all know and love. Newt, Teresa, Minho, Alby, and even Chuck are all there also. All of them are just as great as they were in the rest of the series by bringing something unique to the book. James Dashner always embraces the voices of his characters in order to deliver great dialogue. All of those funny moments between them made me fall easily back into this world.

Along with the humor, there were a few heartbreaking moments as we learn more about all of their pasts. In addition to learning how most of them came to be at WICKED, we see the process they endure to forget who they once were. Everything they experienced before entering the maze showed a more vulnerable side to them. Gally even shows up, and now I understand how he became who he was in the Glade. The Fever Code somehow provides more growth to all the characters we already know so well.

The Maze Runner series felt exciting thanks to the constant plot twists woven into each book. I had low expectations going into this one because I didn’t expect anything huge to be revealed while reading it. The plot twists proved me wrong! They all helped piece together things we already know while revealing something completely new.

James Dashner is a fantastic writer. I love this world he has created and all of the characters in it. I appreciate the way he decided to share more information with his readers, too. It felt as if he wrote this book for all the passionate fans of this series, and I love that.

The ending was mind-blowing! The epilogue reveals a huge twist for the series! I plan to go back and reread it knowing what I do now. The Fever Code was everything I never knew I needed and answered a lot of my questions. Of course, there are still questions I still have. I hope I’m not alone when I secretly hope we’ll get something after The Death Cure ending!

If you’re a fan of this series then I think you will appreciate this prequel. I’m happy it was released after the series ended because I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the many twists revealed if I read this beforehand. So, if you’re new to this series then my recommendation is to read this one after finishing the first 4 books.

REVIEW: The Fever Code by James Dashner
  • Plot
  • Writing
  • Characters
  • Theme
4.5

Overall Thoughts

While I enjoyed the many plot twists woven into The Fever Code, I still felt as if it were missing that spark that makes this series so fun to read. James Dashner’s writing is still brilliant though, and I love these characters that he’s created. All of our favorites are back and continue to grow throughout the story. As we learn more about their past and WICKED, we continue to see the struggle of balancing their true identity, manipulation, and their purpose behind everything they’re doing.