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Dashner, James

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1972-    ) US author whose work has been restricted to three Young Adult series, the first of which, The Jimmy Fincher Saga, beginning with A Door in the Woods (2003), is fantasy. The 13th Reality sequence, beginning with The Journal of Curious Letters (2008), sets its young protagonist the sf-coloured task of protecting the vast number of Alternate Worlds created whenever a significant decision generates a Jonbar Point; his foes are, however, creatures of fantasy, whose visions of imposing Utopia are consequently garish. Dashner has come to wider notice with the Maze Runner sequence, comprising The Maze Runner (2009), The Scorch Trials (2010) and The Death Cure (2011), in which children are deposited, by an organization known only as WICKED, into a savagely taxing Labyrinth, where their behaviour may give cues to the salvation of humanity; the young protagonist, who suffers from Amnesia, may be the key to curing the Ruined Earth world outside of Zombies. The series is prequelled by The Kill Order (2012). Dashner does little to alleviate expectations that his young hero may ultimately come to resemble the protagonist of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (1985). [JC]

James Dashner

born Georgia: 26 November 1972



The Jimmy Fincher Saga

  • A Door in the Woods (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bonneville Books, 2003) [Jimmy Fincher Saga: pb/]
  • A Gift of Ice (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bonneville Books, 2004) [Jimmy Fincher Saga: pb/]
  • The Tower of Air (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bonneville Books, 2004) [Jimmy Fincher Saga: pb/]
  • War of the Black Curtain (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, Inc, 2005) [Jimmy Fincher Saga: pb/Michael Phipps]

The 13th Reality

Maze Runner

Maze Runner Prequels

  • The Kill Order (New York: Delacorte Press, 2012) [Maze Runner Prequels: hb/Philip Straub]
  • The Fever Code (New York: Delacorte Press, 2016) [Maze Runner Prequels: hb/Philip Straub]

Mortality Doctrine

  • The Eyes of Minds (New York: Delacorte Press, 2013) [Mortality Doctrine: hb/Kekai Kotaki]
  • The Rule of Thoughts (New York: Delacorte Press, 2014) [Mortality Doctrine: hb/Kekai Kotaki]
  • The Game of Lives (New York: Delacorte Press, 2015) [Mortality Doctrine: hb/Kekai Kotaki]


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