The Maze Runner
“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner is the first in a young adult dystopian science fiction trilogy. The book was published October 2009. It is currently in the process of becoming a movie, set to be released September 19, 2014. The book takes place in the Glade, a mini society built by teenage boys who are brought there with no memory of their past life. When Thomas arrives, strange events start happening. Thomas feels like he holds the secret to finding the way out of the Glade, but must discover how to get his memories back in order to save the Gladers.
About the Author
James Dashner grew up in Georgia, but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and four kids. He got his Bachelors degree in accounting, and worked in finance. After the release of the first book in “The Maze Runner” trilogy, he quit accounting and works full time as a writer.
Dashner says that most of the ideas for the trilogy came at the very beginning. He always knew that there would be three books, and had a good idea on how the books would be divided. As an avid reader, much of his inspiration comes from the books he has read. James says The Maze Runner was influenced by The Enders Game by Orson Scott Card and also Lord of the Flies by William Golding. He say...
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