October 5, 2009

Behind The Book: The Maze Runner

So, first of all I want to let people know I'm not going to do this feature with books I haven't read. And second, it will only be done for books I have really enjoyed (as in 5 star reviews)
In this case, I am obsessed with this book. James Dashner is the author and this is the first book of a trilogy.

How did you come up with the story?

~ The book is heavily influenced by Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies. I love those two books, and I wanted to write something with a similar feel and tone. Most of the initial plot came to me very late one night - I was a zombie the next day!

How long did the book take to write?

~ The first draft - 4 months. But then I worked on it off and on for 3 years until it found a home.

How has the book changed your life so far?

~ Well, it's already getting a lot of attention, but I won't know the true effect until it's released on Oct. 6. But one obvious thing: the advance allowed me to become a full time writer and quit my old job of accounting. Bleck!

Why do you write YA?

~ There's just something magical about it. That's when I fell in love with reading, and writing those types of stories helps me feel that magic again.

What are your favorite books?

~ Too many! I love Dean Koontz and Stephen King, the Harry Potter books... and about a billion others!

3 YA books that are a must read

~ Speak, Ender's Game, Octavian Nothing. Thank you Sabrina!

Thank YOU James! This book is released TOMORROW! (Oct 6). I know it's in some stores already, so what are you waiting for? Its AMAZING! Read my 5 Star review here.

James is touring right now! See the schedule here



  1. Okay, influenced by Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies? I have to read this!

  2. I agree that Octavian Nothing is a must read.

  3. @Lauren: you are right. Being influenced by Ender's Game and Lord of the Flies, then The Maze Runner seems interesting.

  4. This looks excellent. I look forward to reading it. It always amazes me how long it takes to get a book published. Good for him!

    I'll have to check out Octavian Nothing. Haven't read it.


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