The way I felt about this book is similar to the way I have felt about the other books In The Maze Runner series. The action is well paced and engaging, reminiscent of the maddened zombie-esque crowds of the Resident Evil series. However, the dialogue can be awkward, and it’s hard to connect to the characters because the prose constantly tells rather than shows (I could not react viscerally to what was happening, and therefore had trouble sympathizing with anyone). Even when showing, the style can force you out of suspended belief—Mark’s heart “tears” several times throughout the story. Deedee is frequently referred to as “precious child” and “sweet little girl” which sounds sort of creepy. Scenes sometimes end with prose that sounds very awkward, “The noise shook the air like thunder, and the people were no more,” (308).
The Kill Order is filled with great ideas, but the fact that the plot falls back on tired tropes and storylines just makes it hard to read unless you can ignore the sexism and plot holes.
Under the cut, I’ll simply be pointing out my problems with the treatment of the female characters, and a possible alternative to the character storylines that could have made The Kill Order less formulaic, and less sexist, than it was.
Dr. Cyrus Mills has decided to take over his late father’s Veterinary Clinic—but with corporate competition threatening to drive him away, animals suffering from mysterious diagnoses, confusing love interests, and an unexpected pet, reviving Bedside Manor might be more difficult than Cyrus first thought.
We make a lot of young adult book lists at STACKED, and I know how useful they are for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes. They’re useful enough for me when I write them or read the ones Kimberly’s written. So I thought I’d make a list of some of our book lists, for those who are interested in digging deep into the various genres and themes within YA fiction.
I’ll add to this periodically as we update our book lists so that finding them all in one place is easy, useful, and convenient.
Get Genrefied Series
All of these lists focus on specific genres or subgenres within YA fiction. They each talk about the defining characteristics of the genre (or format!), followed by a big book list, and other websites and blogs to explore that delve even further into the specified genre.
- Graphic Novels
- Historical fiction
- Verse Novels
- Mysteries and Thrillers
- High Fantasy
- Science Fiction
- Short Stories
- Urban Fiction
- Fairy Tale Retellings
- Realistic YA Novels Made Into Teen Movies
Other Thematic Book Lists
We’re fans of book lists, period, and we’ve made a number of thematic and trend-style book lists.
Contemporary Realistic Fiction:
- Stories featuring dynamic or interesting families
- Mental Illness
- Multiple Points of View or Alternative Formats
- Diverse and Multicultural Stories
- Memorable Settings
- Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: Edgy Stuff
- Grief and Loss
- Series Books
Beyond the Bestsellers
At Book Riot, I run a series called “Beyond the Bestsellers,” where I offer suggestions of lesser-known titles to read after you’ve read a well-known, bestselling YA book or author.
- So you’ve read Divergent
- So you’ve read Ellen Hopkins
- So you’ve read Sarah Dessen
- So you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s “The Lunar Chronicles” (Cinder, Cress, Scarlet)
- So you’ve read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- So you’ve read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Other YA Book Lists:
- Horror (from School Library Journal)
- Teens in Witness Protection Programs
- Microtrends in YA Fiction: Reality TV, Missing Mothers, Kleptomaniacs, and More
- Ampersand Titles
- Set in the Summer Between the End of High School and Start of College
- Co-written YA Books
- Microtrend: Amnesia
- Secret Historical Societies of Teen Girls
- Complicated/”Unlikable” Female Characters
- Sex, Sexual Assault, and Rape: Discussion Guide and Reading List
- A Little Heart on the Cover
- Titles By Number
- Books That Happen in a Single Day — or Less
- Teen Girl Sleuths
- Juvenile Delinquent Stories
- Reality TV featuring teens
I’ve updated my mega list of young adult book lists! This is the sharable version, but there’s also a permanent page on my Tumblr. If you’re looking for a YA read or need to make some YA recs, hopefully you can find something here. I regularly update the post and the permanent page with new lists.