2014 Teens’ Top Ten: An Extra Helping of James Dashner

Thousands of teen readers cast their votes for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten, and The Hub is celebrating their choices! Today we feature James Dashner, whose book The Eye of Minds is #10 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

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James Dashner‘s star is rising fast, and shows no signs of slowing. If you missed Julie Bartel’s recent One Thing Leads to Another Interview with him, do yourself a favor and check it out. You’ll find out how he went from a “dork among dorks” in high school (with school photos included for good measure), to the well-known writer he is today. His big breakout was The Maze Runner (The Hub reviewed the movie adaptation, and the sequel, The Scorch Trials, is currently being shot).

Dashner’s followup series, The Mortality Doctrine, kicks off with The Eye of Minds, which has brought him the latest feather in his cap: a spot on the Teens’ Top Ten list. Haven’t read it yet? Take a peek at the book trailer:

In the book, the gaming world and real world are too similar to tell apart — a problem
that is quite creepy and prompted plenty of fans to wonder: Could the plot of The Eye of Minds really happen? Enough people asked that James gives his two cents in this “Dashner Download”:

I’ll admit that I haven’t read the book yet myself, but I checked out some of the Twitter
mentions about it (you can follow James Dashner too!), and now I am really intrigued.

Congratulations, James Dashner!

–Becky O’Neil, currently reading A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki