Study Guide

The Kill Order Madness

By James Dashner

Madness

Ugh, why all the madness? Why all the crazy people? Well, it's because of the Flare. The Flare is everywhere—we're poets and we know it.

In The Maze Runner series, we get to see pretty close-up what a Crank looks like and what a Crank does. We've seen everything from a slightly cranky Crank (like Newt) to a full-blown Crank (Mr. Nose). But we've never actually seen what it feels like to be a Crank. But don't you worry, The Kill Order has just what you need: our main character is a Crank in the making, and we get to follow the quick-and-easy steps of becoming mad with the Flare.

Questions About Madness

  1. What kind of madness do we see with people infected with the Flare? How does it change them?
  2. Was it inevitable for Mark and the others to catch the Flare, or do you think they could've avoided it?
  3. Are the people who chant and praise the demons "bad guys"?

Chew on This

Trina was faking being sick the whole time to pretend she was one of the Cranks.

The PFC knew what would happen when they released the Flare.

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