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The Fever Code by James Dashner Review

Title: The Fever Code

Author: James Dashner

First published September 27, 2016

347 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780553513097 (ISBN10: 0553513095)

Rating: 4.05


In James Dashner’s The Fever Code, the world has already ended. The forests are burned, the oceans have swelled, and a deadly plague has ravaged the planet.

But WICKED is determined to find a cure. They search for the perfect subject, and they find him in a boy named Thomas.

From there, Thomas builds a maze that only he can navigate. But as secrets and lies come to light, loyalties are tested and history is rewritten.

The Fever Code is the gripping tale of Thomas and his mission to tear down the maze he built. Prepare to have all of your questions answered.

About the Author

James wrote both THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. Additionally, he released a series a while back that started with A DOOR IN THE WOODS, published by a smaller company.

Nowadays, he resides in the Rocky Mountains where he continues to write.

Editoral Review

The Fever Code by James Dashner is a highly anticipated prequel to the best-selling Maze Runner series, exploring the origins of the post-apocalyptic world and the infamous WCKD organization. Dashner, known for his gripping and intense storytelling, has once again captivated readers with his latest installment in the Maze Runner universe.

Set before the events of The Maze Runner, The Fever Code follows the story of Thomas, the leader of the Gladers, and his journey through the Flare virus outbreak. The novel begins with Thomas being rescued by WCKD and brought to their facility, where he gradually discovers his role in their experiments to find a cure for the virus.

Dashner’s writing style is both clear and engaging, immersing readers in the world-building of the story. He sets the tone for the novel with a sense of urgency and impending doom, creating an ominous mood that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

The plot is intricately woven, with exhilarating action sequences and moments of deep emotion. One of the greatest strengths of The Fever Code is its character development.

Dashner provides insight into the background stories of beloved characters, such as Aris and Newt, and also introduces new, compelling characters such as Dr. Ava Paige. The characters feel like real people, with relatable emotions and motivations.

However, the novel does have some flaws. The pacing can be slow at times, which may leave readers feeling impatient.

Additionally, the ending may feel rushed and unsatisfying to some readers. Despite its flaws, The Fever Code is a thrilling and satisfying addition to the Maze Runner series.

Dashner masterfully weaves together themes of sacrifice, loyalty, and the ethics of scientific experimentation. The novel is a commentary on current events, with its portrayal of a world grappling with the consequences of a deadly virus and the pursuit of a cure.

Overall, this book will appeal to fans of dystopian YA novels and those who have been eagerly following the Maze Runner series. It is an enthralling read that provides answers to long-standing questions about the origins of the Maze and the trials that the Gladers faced.

I would highly recommend this book to all readers. On a scale of 1 to 5, The Fever Code gets a solid 4.5 from me.