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James Dashner Chats About THE MAZE RUNNER Books, Movie, and More!

James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He has four kids, which some might think is too many but he thinks is just right. Once upon a time, James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years. (He doesn’t miss numbers. At all.)

In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and (good) TV shows, snow ski, and read. (Reading was mentioned twice on purpose.) Most of all, he’s thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.

I was lucky enough to interview James about the Maze Runner book series, the (huge!!) new movie based on it, and much more!


Kristin Centorcelli: I’m very, very excited for The Maze Runner movie, and really enjoy the books as well! What inspired you to write the series?

James Dashner: Lots of different things, accumulated over the years. I think the first spark came when I watched The Shining as a kid. I was scarred for life by the scene at the end where Jack chases his kid through the garden maze with an axe. Books like Lord of the Flies and Ender’s Game. The TV show Lost. I think you can see all those influences.
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[Trailer Park] X-Men: Days of Future Past / The Giver / The Maze Runner

Summer film season is just around the corner and there’s lots of reasons to get excited. Here are some of them.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

REVIEW SUMMARY: Fantastic read for teens, especially boys. Adults may find the protagonist a little too emo.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Thomas enters “the glade” as all the boys do, in an elevator and with no memories. The boys are trying to solve the monster inhabited maze surrounding the glade to find their way home when a second monthly tribute arrives. And it’s a girl.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Realistic teen male characters; positive reactions from teens under pressure.
CONS: Frustrating plot; inconstant protagonist.
BOTTOM LINE: Great for teen readers, hit-and-miss for adults.
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