Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.
Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage.
They’re convinced that there’s a way to save those who are left—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some you’re worth more dead than alive.
The end is only the beginning.
It doesn't feel quite as connected with the first three books as I would like, but as an origin of the Flare virus it's fine. I think Dashner could have made a couple stronger ties with the other novels to make the story more compelling.