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James Dashner's Reading List

TheFeverCode200James Dashner's Maze Runner series is one of my favorites because of it's unique setting, intense action, and powerful relationships. The first two books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials,  have been made into feature films, and a third (The Death Cure) is set for release in 2018.  Tomorrow marks the release of The Fever Code, the fifth book in the series, and in it we'll get the full story of how the Maze was built and the truth about a whole lot of secrets and twisted loyalties.  Can't wait!

So what does a best-selling author of young adult fiction read during his free hours?  Here are five of Dashner's recent favorites and why they made his list (we loved these too, nearly every one was a Best of the Month pick when it released):


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  1. End of Watch by Stephen King. The conclusion to his fantastic trilogy about Bill Hodges, a retired detective who gets sucked into the crimes of a madman serial killer. I ate up each book in this series. There's such a great mix of humor, suspense, intrigue, and horror, with characters you'll never forget.


  1. The Fireman by Joe Hill. I wish Hill would write faster. He's only published a handful of novels over the last decade or so, and each one of them is a great read. This book is a unique take on an apocalyptic world, driven by suspense but remembered for the characters. It's a very long book, but I didn't want it to end.


  1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. The second book in a series that everyone should read. In a world that has the feel of ancient Rome or Greece, there are all kinds of interesting plots threaded throughout, with great characters and excellent world-building. Check out the first book, An Ember in the Ashes.


  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I was a little late to the party on this one, but I'm sure glad I picked it up. The depth of the world she's created, the unique traits of each and every character, and the genius plot that drives them all make this a really great book for anyone who likes fantasy or wants to give fantasy a first shot.


  1. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. McMahon is one of my new favorite authors, having devoured this book and The Winter People right before that. She has a great way of mixing mystery with creepy thrills, and I love how she builds the intrigue by jumping between time periods within the same location.



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