The Fever Code by James Dashner


I first fell in love with Thomas, Theresa, Newt, Alby, Minho and the gang in 2009. Since then I have read “The Maze Runner” series aloud to countless students, recommending the entire trilogy and prequel to anyone who is willing to listen to my book suggestions!

The Fever Code was satisfying for this die hard Maze Runner fan, as I was always curious about the maze’s conception and Thomas and Theresa’s role in it. The Fever Code does not disappoint in providing answers. It felt good to be back with Thomas, where it all started–WICKED headquarters. I loved watching his friendships with Minho, Newt, Alby and Chuck blossom. His relationship with Chuck brought back the feelings of deep sadness experienced during the heart-wrenching finale of The Maze Runner.

While Thomas and company’s growing friendships were fun to watch unfold, it was his relationship with Theresa that took centerstage in this novel. I recall not being particularly fond of Theresa throughout the series, and this novel solidified my distaste for her character. Her manipulation of Thomas throughout the book–especially knowing how the series ends–makes the end of this book a jaw dropper for sure!

Lots of answers are contained in this book, but the action is fairly limited (how much action does a controlled research facility allow, after all?). I would highly recommend this book to all Dashner fans, and cannot wait to talk about The Fever Code with students when I return to school after break!



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