James Dashner to Write a Prequel to The Maze Runner Trilogy
The Maze Runner film adaptation is officially a box office success, an adaptation of the sequel, The Scorch Trials, has already been scheduled for a 2015 release, and James Dashner's post-apocalyptic trilogy is poised to join The Hunger Games and Divergent as a major dystopian YA franchise. So naturally, Dashner is expanding that franchise by writing a prequel, entitled The Fever Code.
The Maze Runner series, a hybrid between The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, follows a teenage boy named Thomas who finds himself in the center of a mysterious maze with several dozen other boys and no memory of how he got there. It is ultimately revealed that (spoiler!) the world has been ravaged by a devastating plague, called the Flare, and all the boys in the maze were part of an elaborate experiment meant to test their unusual resistance to the disease.
The prequel, which will be published by Delacorte Press, "delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created." Here's hoping that it includes enough material to fill an entirely trilogy, since, if Lord of the Rings is any indication, it will needlessly be split into three movies at the slightest hint of financial success.
The Scorch Trials film adaptation, which is already in pre-production, will be released on September 18, 2015. The Fever Code will be published sometime in 2016.