Study Guide

The Kill Order Memory and the Past

By James Dashner

Memory and the Past

Just like how Thomas has memory-dreams in the first three books of the Maze Runner trilogy, Mark has memory-dreams in The Kill Order… except Mark remembers everything. Every detail, every feeling he felt, and every face he saw. Oh, and he can connect the dots (unlike Thomas).

For Mark, his memory of the past is a pretty negative characteristic. While many characters use their past to fuel them for the future, Mark tends to use his past to wake up sweating and screaming in the middle of the night.

Nightmares, they'll get you every time. Especially when they're about real events.

Questions About Memory and the Past

  1. Do Mark's memory-dreams fuel his drive to help, or just inhibit him from living in the present?
  2. This whole book is basically Teresa's past; what does this tell us about the Maze experiment? About WICKED? About the PFC?
  3. How do Mark's memory-dreams relate to Thomas's?

Chew on This

Deedee changes her name when she gets to WICKED to forget her past.

Mark's memories of burning people and dying people don't help desensitize him at all. The horror he sees is always fresh and disturbing.

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