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Feb 20 2017

The fever code by James Dashner

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Maze runner bk 5. Chicken House, 2016. ISBN 9781911077169
(Age: Year 7-9) Utopian fiction. Lies and deceit. Science fiction. Special abilities. Science experiments. Relationships. If you are a Maze runner junkie, then you will enjoy this next instalment. Following on with the theme of the end of the world, children are snatched from their families and tested on their abilities to solve complex problems. Then they are asked to build or run through an impenetrable maze.
The hero of the story, Thomas (aka Stephen), is taken from his family when he was four. He is conditioned to use a new name to go with the identity he has within Wicked, this newest adult organisation. During the story Thomas matures and begins to recognise that the clean and calm world in which he lives is not all that it seems. He meets a girl, Teresa, whose bravery leads Thomas on a journey of discovery. He uncovers a master plan to help save the world but in the process he finds that the work he is undertaking is destroying young lives. As he grows up he is asked to do more and more complex tasks and his relationship with Teresa and Dr Leavitt changes with dire consequences.
Wendy Rutten

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