The Fever Code

The Fever Code

Book - 2016 | First edition
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All your questions are answered in the fifth book in James Dashner's #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. The story that fans all over the world have been waiting for -- the story of how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze -- is finally here. You do not want to miss it.

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.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming. Before there was the Maze, there was The Fever Code .
Don't miss The Maze Runner , Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials , and Maze Runner: The Death Cure all now major motion pictures from Twentieth Century Fox, starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, and Aidan Gillen. And look for James Dashner's new bestselling series the Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds , The Rule of Thoughts , and The Game of Lives .

Praise for the Maze Runner series:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick

"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost. "-- EW

"Wonderful action writing-- fast-paced ...but smart and well observed."-- Newsday

"[A ] nail-biting must-read."-- Seventeen

"Breathless, cinematic action. "-- Publishers Weekly

" Heart pounding to the very last moment."-- Kirkus Reviews

" Exclamation-worthy. "-- Romantic Times

" Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-- Deseret News
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553513097
Branch Call Number: Y DAS
Characteristics: 347 pages ; 22 cm


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really good prequel to book one, but could've been better in some parts.

Feb 03, 2021

The Fever Code is a young adult dystopian novel written by James Dashner as the second prequel to the Maze Runner Trilogy of books. Again, Thomas takes a central role in the story, and the book is told through his point of view, similar to the rest of the Maze Runner series. The Fever Code provides much needed backstory and world building for the dystopian world of the Maze Runner series while also fleshing out more of the characters involved in the series before the Maze trials began. Unfortunately, some questions from the original series are not explained well or even mentioned at all. The events of The Fever Code lead up directly into the start of the Maze Runner novels.

Rating: 3/5
Age Rating: 10+

Dec 14, 2020

The Fever Code, part of the Maze Runner Series, focuses on how the maze was built. In learning the background behind the maze, it is discovered that in the outside world, there is an infection called the Flare, and the kids that are in the maze are all put in there for their safety. The main character, Thomas, is actually largely in control of the maze and he sees some of his closest friends being a part of the hostile maze. Thomas makes the decision to go into the maze, even with the knowledge of his memory will be erased. This book provides amazing insight on how the maze was built and functioned throughout the first books of the series.
The insightful view into the previous books, a part of the Maze Runner Series, was extremely interesting to read as it fully answers all questions that may have risen throughout the other books. This book had the perfect combination between happiness and sadness, and drama and information. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has read the previous Maze Runner books, but if you haven’t, this book may be confusing.
Age Rating: 12+

Aug 04, 2020

I'm unsure how to rate this book, as it's much better than the previous two (The Kill Order and The Death Cure) but still not as good as it could have been. I like it because we finally get answers to a lot of our questions about how the maze was built, who was behind it all, and what the kids were like before being inserted into the maze, not to mention a little bit of their backstories. I love books that lift the curtain, but at the same time, I'm a little disappointed at what I see there. The whole mapping-the-brain-to-find-a-cure thing still makes zero sense, and Thomas keeps trusting everyone when he really, really shouldn't. There's not enough of the nitty-gritty build that I wanted to see- the building of the glade, the planting of the trees, the placing of the walls, Thomas overseeing the patterns in the maze walls, even watching the plaque being added from the first book would have been a nice touch. Not only that, we don't see a whole lot of the boys after they are inserted into the maze- just a few key scenes here and there- and we don't see ANY of the girl's group. What does their maze look like? How are they dealing with the maze and the glade and the grievers? He never even shows it. There's a twist at the end which is slightly predictable, but still decent, and really kind of changes the whole series and how you view a certain character. All in all, it was entertaining and better than some other entries in The Maze Runner series, but compared to other dystopians, it was still a 'meh'.

lgmosher Sep 07, 2019

The best prequel to the Maze Runner book itself. This one is a must read LAST in the entire series... otherwise it will spoil everything.

I had a feeling that Teressa wasn't all she was cracked out to be, and this book proves just what all happened. You truly understand why Thomas went back and forth with whether he should trust her or not.

All I have to say is if you haven't read these books, you should!... just not if you're easily frightened. Why they aren't horror books, the Cranks and such can get a little creepy.

But, they are perfect books to read if you're looking for something after: The hunger games, Harry Potter, or the Divergent series!

Dec 02, 2018

This is an amazing book. I mean, I don’t really know what to say. I’m so satisfied after reading the whole series.

Jul 16, 2018

This book is the second prequel to one of my favourite series, The Maze Runner. It had a lot of plot twists, especially at the end. I loved this book so much, and I definitely recommend reading The Maze Runner series because this is the last book.

Jul 16, 2018

I was into this book the second I flipped the first page. Everything that happened in the other four books of the "Maze Runner" series makes a lot more sense. With "The Fever Code," you can also see that WICKED has never changed their cruel and lying ways. There were a few changes from the other four books here and there, but overall, I enjoyed this book until the very last page.

Jul 06, 2018

I found this and The Death Cure extremely boring after reading the Maze runner series.
One of the good things about these two books though is that they clear up pretty much any confusion left over from the first three books. I would only recommend them if you wanted to know about The Flare and WICKED. As i said they're quite boring, but it's up to you...

This a book about how the maze, that you see in the other books, was first built and the role that Thomas and Theresa played in it's creation.

I really liked this book because it explained the purpose of the maze which gave insight to the rest of the story. I recommend that you read this book and hope that you will fall in love with the series like I did.

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