Quicklet on The Maze Runner by James Dashner [NOOK Book]

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The trials that the children in The Maze Runner face aren't based on the author's personal experiences. However, author James Dashner has worked through his own set of trials. The characters in The Maze Runneralmost mirror Dashner's own never-say-quit attitude.

Dashner's well-regarded book series, The Thirteenth Reality, was an example of...
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Quicklet on The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Overview

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The trials that the children in The Maze Runner face aren't based on the author's personal experiences. However, author James Dashner has worked through his own set of trials. The characters in The Maze Runneralmost mirror Dashner's own never-say-quit attitude.

Dashner's well-regarded book series, The Thirteenth Reality, was an example of his personal trials. He submitted a book to a publisher in his early days as an author. The publisher liked his writing style, but wanted a different type of book. Dashner had one week to come up with a completely different proposal.

He had been thinking about another book idea, so he took the week to develop it. After his hard work, the publisher liked the idea. Dashner's first book was now in the works, and his success as an author was launched with The Thirteenth Reality. The three books in The Thirteenth Reality series include: The Journal of Curious Letters, The Hunt for Dark Infinity, and The Blade of Shattered Hope.

If you've ever wondered how rats in a maze feel, then you may be able to understand how James Dashner came up with the idea for The Maze Runner. Dashner says he had the idea for the book while lying in bed one night. His idea involved kids who were part of a futuristic experiment. He says the combination of thinking about rats in a maze and kids in an experiment led him to the idea of placing kids in a maze experiment in the book.

Dashner says he jumped out of bed and wrote the basic outline that night. He planned it as a trilogy from the start. As he began writing, he says music from the rock band Staind has influenced it.

Two years after its release, The Maze Runner still ranked 77th on Amazon.com's rankings for the best science fiction books for teens.

BOOK EXCERPT

From the introduction by Kyle Schurman:

The Enjoyable Twists And Turns Of The Maze Runner

James Dashner's The Maze Runner is a novel built on a single idea carried out through two different fronts. The idea of persevering through all obstacles is the primary idea behind the book. Those obstacles force the characters to take many personal twists and turns to solve them … and not just because they're trapped in a maze!

The characters must persevere first against the Maze. They must work to solve the puzzle, trying to escape their prison. Throughout the book, the characters strive to inspire, saying they never can give up their struggles against the Maze.

Secondly, the characters must persevere against their own doubts. Once the main character, Thomas, arrives, the other characters aren't sure whether he should be trusted. He frightens them by some of the turns his decisions cause.

Then, in a final twist, the characters realize that Maze was not solvable, at least not in the way they expected. As a final act of perseverance, they must push aside that disappointing news. They must continue to push ahead to escape.

...To be continued!

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CHAPTER OUTLINE
Introduction
The Enjoyable Twists and Turns of The Maze Runner
James Dashner: Working Through Life’s Trials
About The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Overall Summary for The Maze Runner by James Dashner
...and much more

Chapter Summaries
The Maze Runner Summary, Chapters 1-15
The Maze Runner Summary, Chapters 16-30
The Maze Runner Summary, Chapters 31-45
The Maze Runner Summary, Chapters 46-Epilogue

Additional Reading
Reviews for The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Interviews with James Dashner
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013716506
  • Publisher: Hyperink
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,421,108
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kyle has been a published writer, focusing on technology, since the mid-1990s. He has written for a variety of consumer magazines and Web sites throughout his career. As digital cameras began appearing in the consumer marketplace, Kyle began writing about the various technologies and components that go into the cameras. He soon began writing digital camera reviews and buying guides for magazines and web sites. Watching the maturation of the digital camera marketplace over the past decade and a half has been an interesting journey.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    .......

    Why would you write that you like pie?

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Hi

    Hi I am a person who likes pie and James Patterson's books.

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    I loved james 4 series of the maze runner

    I am reading his books to my nephew over the phone to him to encourage him to read more. Waiting for more books for james to publish so i can read tjrm..
    Good job james

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Stop Talking about random things in reviews

    The Real series is amazing! This however i' m confused on it. The description was not helpful. Just buy the real book.Everything you want to know that this book has are in James Dashner's intetviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Meh

    Not quite sure why this is a book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Pie.

    Chocolate is waaaaaayyy better

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 26, 2012

    Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    CAKE IS BEST!

    Pie isnt chocalatey! Cake is better!

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    I like pie to...

    Okay bye

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    Posted March 2, 2012

    I hate this literature thingies!

    What i said above

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    Posted October 14, 2014

    To below

    Lol why u telling this to everyone

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    Posted January 6, 2013

    Cake

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    Posted August 19, 2012

    Icecream

    Is better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Vgjc

    Pie cake chaclate and ice cream are all good nut the best of them all is vannilla puddin. So yeah.

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    Posted July 7, 2012

    U guyz r stupid

    Ice cream is way better than pie and cake.

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