Welcome to Booked!, a feature where we ask an author to share their favorite books with our readers. Today’s guest is James Dashner, whose latest novel, The Death Cure, was released on October 11.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card had a profound effect on both my writing career and my entertainment consumption choices for the rest of my life. That sounds really brainy and philosophical, but it’s not. Basically I just thought it was really, really awesome. It stuck with me for years and years and influenced the kinds of things I wanted to watch and read. And, ultimately, the kinds of books I wanted to write.
Anyone who reads The Maze Runner trilogy will see elements from Ender’s Game. A boy sent to a strange place. With other boys. Learning the ropes. Surviving in tough conditions. Becoming extremely important – way beyond what he would’ve ever thought. I think that shows how much that story stuck with me through the years. I’d have to say it’s my favorite single book of all time.