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The Kill Order

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William Terral

on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of The Kill Order

Theme The theme of this book is desperation. This theme applies to Mark and his friends. In the book, when actions will decide between life or death, they have to act quickly. They do things that they would have never done if this would have been a normal situation. But this is no normal situation, and anyone will kill them for a bag of chips or a bottle of water. "Blocking their paths. 'Let's see if they have any food!' someone shouts. Alec rears back and punches the man in front of him. The guy's head snaps back and blood sprays from his nose; he collapses to the ground." (Dashner 105) This applies to Mark and Trina as well. They will confront people to obtain food and possibly stay alive. It's all because they are desperate, and they have no other choice if they want to survive. When desperation seeps in, people start to act crazy. Characters There are three main characters that the book focuses on: Mark, Trina, and Alec. Mark is the main character. He is handsome, athletic and quick to react . However, he is not the leader, and in many instances steps down to let Alec lead. Trina is secretly in love with Mark and follows him everywhere. Although she is timid, she is quick on her feet, and when desperation sinks in she isn't afraid to knock someone's head off. Alec is the last main character. He is a veteran, and he has kept that training with him. He leads most of the time and usually makes smart decisions for the group, and Mark and Trina trust him. "It only takes Mark ten minutes or so to realize that Alec is the person he wants to be close to until they are back safe and sound in their homes." (Dashner 97) Conflict The Kill Order Elements of literature ... small This book depicts an alternate Earth where solar flares have greatly increased the world temperature and have devastated the crops of the world. All electricity has been lost and so has communication with the rest of the world, including radio. The main character, Mark, is surviving this epidemic and trying to make his survival bearable. He is enduring all of this with his best friend Trina and a military veteran Alec. Mark and Trina met Alec right after the flares hit. The solar flares have also affected people's brains and have turned them into zombie-like people. "People are limping about, arms outstretched, their clothes on fire and their faces half melted like wax. Blood everywhere." (Dashner 46) This "disease" has been spreading and people are struggling to survive. The main conflict in the book is between Mark and his friends versus survival. They struggle at winning this conflict in some parts of the book, and in others they seem like they have survival under control. However, sometimes when they seem to have it under control, they have crossed the line of decency to obtain that thought. Another conflict in the book is the group versus the government. They several times beg for help from the government to no avail. Mark finally gets so frustrated that he and his friends raid a government compound. "'Maybe, it's now or never.' 'Cameras and guards? It's a big risk' 'But they have our friend' Alec nodded slowly. 'Said like a true soldier.' 'Let's go then.'" (Dashner 154) This attempt is successful, and they take a helicopter on their way out. setting ... small vdfv Tone The author writes the book in a gloomy tone with a dramatic effect. Every sentence leaves the reader on the edge of his or her seat and makes them imagine themselves in the situation, which creates an empathetic link to the characters. "'...We can do what it takes to live through one more challenge.' He glanced up the path towards the village. 'Let's hope our friends are okay.' 'Let's hope,' Mark repeated." (Dashner 55) ... small
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