The Fever Code by James Dashner
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.
The Fever Code is a prequel to the Maze Runner series. The synopsis claims that “all will be revealed,” but I felt the story didn’t reach back far enough. The novel starts with the children being taken and the plague had already rampant. Years pass as Thomas and the other children grow up at WICKED – which drags a bit. And it’s never really fleshed out why Thomas was so special.
Once Thomas meets the other kids, events start happening a bit faster and Thomas uncovers more about the organization he works for. It’s all pretty predictable, with no real big revelations as promised. But while I was a bit disappointed with the plot, enough time has passed since I read Maze Runner that I enjoyed getting back into the story and characters. I actually wouldn’t mind reading the first novel again. It’s a fantastic and inspired world with engaging characters.