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James Dashner

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Sources: The Hub,, Los Angeles Times, Penguin Random House Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Thomas, The Death Cure, Chapter 22 don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore. Morality WICKED runs a variety of human experiments, raising the question of whether sacrificing one group of people to save another is moral. Friendship As characters are faced with the fear of constant death, friendship creates new bonds and loyalty. Bravery Heroism abounds as love, fear, and the quest for power motivate characters to perform extraordinary feats. Themes Dashner is best known for his page-turning, action-packed, young adult series, including the Jimmy Fincher series and The Maze Runner series. Inspired by movies and Stephen King’s novels, Dashner always wanted to be a writer and pursued a writing career after being an accountant. JAMES DASHNERBORN 1972 Author The Maze Runnerby the Numbers Amount grossed by The Maze Runner film in its first weekend in 2014 $32.5M Pages of the rejected original manuscript of The Maze Runner that Dashner completely rewrote to secure a publisher 50 Books Dashner cited as inspiration for The Maze Runner series: Lord of the Flies, Ender’s Game, and Holes 3 Thomas’s age when WICKED forcibly relocates him to its headquarters ~5 Alec Grizzled, heroic war veteran Mark Sun Flares survivor; rescues Deedee OTHERS Newt British Glader not immune to the Flare Brenda Double agent working with WICKED and the Gladers WICKED Government agency interested in population control and human experimentation Minho Aggressive, loyal Keeper of the Runners Teresa Formerly named Deedee; telepath loyal to WICKED Thomas WICKED’s prime candidate to save humanity; hero of the series GLADERS Main Characters In a postapocalyptic world, the government organization WICKED searches for a cure to stop a zombie-creating virus called the Flare. WICKED kidnaps children and uses them in human experiments. Emerging as a leader, teenage Thomas helps other test subjects fight back against WICKED in pursuit of freedom. Hope in a Dystopian World OVERVIEW After Sun Flares destroy Earth and a virus annihilates the population, two heroes try to save humanity. The Kill Order WICKED kidnaps children immune to the Flare and uses them in experiments to find a cure for the virus. The Fever Code The Maze Runner Thomas and the Gladers fight their way through WICKED’s maze to recover their memories and freedom. The Scorch Trials The Gladers must survive a trek through the wasteland to reach a government safe zone. The Maze Runner Files Confidential WICKED files, recovered correspondence, and suppressed memories are revealed. The Death Cure After traveling to Denver, Thomas must fight off WICKED’s murderous clutches one final time. English Original Language 2009–16 Years Published James Dashner Author The Maze Runner Series Dystopian

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