Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 2


Attention Dashner Army!  It is November 26 today, which means it’s James’ birthday today!

Happy Birthday James!

You can tweet him your birthday greeting at @jamesdashner, but before you do that, you can read part 2 of the exclusive interview we had with him about his latest book, The Eye of Minds.  We’ve waited to post it to give you readers time to actually read the book, because this part of the interview contains **spoilers**!

With that said, if you haven’t read The Eye of Minds yet, then you might want to skip out on this interview until you have.

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James Dashner Tells Us Where He’d Rather Live

So, would James Dashner rather live in the world of The Maze Runner or in the world of The Eye of Minds?  Here’s his answer:

Frankly, as much as I love The Maze Runner series, I don’t think I’d want to live there either!


James Dashner talks Maze Runner in last Thursday’s #dashnerchat


Last October 31, James Dashner (@jamesdashner) was open on Twitter for questions about The Maze Runner and The Eye of Minds. A few of his answers are the following:

“My hopes and expectations for the TMR movie are SKY HIGH. And reasonable.”

“It makes James very happy (yes, I’m tweeting in 3rd person) to hear that people are loving TEOM. Thank you.”

“TMR was inspired by the TV show LOST, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game.”

“It was bittersweet to leave TMR behind, but really really fun to do something brand new.”

“You guys are going to be blown away by Dylan O’Brien’s performance as Thomas. Seriously.”

He also said you can still talk to him through mention when he’s online. You can ask him for anything, even force him to write an epilogue. (I tried.)

James Dashner’s Essay on THE EYE OF MINDS


Read more about what inspired author James Dashner to write his new book, The Eye of Minds, book one of The Mortality Doctrine.

It’s easy for me to pinpoint the very first glimmer of inspiration I had for The Eye of Minds. I love movies, and there are two movies that easily fall into my Top Ten Movies of All Time list, which is more of a concept than an actual list. (I think it currently has about 20 movies on it and it isn’t written down anywhere other than in my mind.)  Those two movies are Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, and The Matrix, directed by the Wachowskis.  These are what I call “event” movies—films that blew me away and stayed with me, still to this day. Some of the concepts presented in those films stuck in my mind, and definitely inspired my thought process as I came up with the story for The Eye of Minds.

To read the rest of the essay, click here.

Now Available: THE EYE OF MINDS


James Dashner’s newest book, THE EYE OF MINDS, is on store shelves now! You can pick up your copy wherever books are sold, including your favorite e-book dealer. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

If you would like a side of special features with your amazing story, copies purchased at Barnes and Noble have a exclusive chapter annotated by James Dashner himself.

Happy reading, Dashner Army!

Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 1


Hello Dashner fans!

I got a chance to read an ARC of James Dashner‘s new book, The Eye of Minds, and posed several questions for him to answer about it.  No worries, there are no spoilers for this part of the interview.

1) Describe The Eye of Minds in 3 words

James Dashner:  Twisty. Fast. Fear.

2) There were some pretty interesting riddles in the story.  Was it difficult to come up with the riddles?

JD:  I’ve always been fascinated with riddles. In fact, every series I’ve ever written has had some type of riddle embedded within it. The funny thing is, I grew up so impressed with authors who did that and it was something about which I had very little confidence in myself. But I keep trying, and it seems to keep working.


3) You said this book was inspired by certain movies.  Were there any video games that also inspired the story?

JD:  The first video game that truly struck me and stayed with me was The Legend of Zelda. That sense of going on a mission and meeting different challenges definitely inspired The Path in my book.

4) You gave almost all your characters from The Maze Runner a first name only.  And it seems you’re keeping that trend for this book as well.  Any reason for that?

JD:  I usually don’t find much point in telling you what someone’s last name is. They rarely come up in casual conversation, especially amongst friends. It just seems info-dumpy. Plus, it makes the character a little more open to your interpretation the less you know specifically.

5) What was the most challenging part about writing this novel?

JD:  Crafting it to build to the end I wanted. I’ve never planned and crafted this much.

6) You have three major characters in this first book of the series, one of them being female.  Will there be any romantic development between any of them, minor or major?

JD:  I’m not a big romance guy, as my readers can attest. If something develops naturally, it will, but it will never be a main aspect of my works.

7) What are your favorite video games to play?

JD:  Skyrim is awesome. But, honestly, I like physical gaming more than video gaming. Everything from Magic to Ticket to Ride!

The Eye of Minds comes out Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  Check out my short, non-spoiler review of The Eye of Minds.

Signed Copies of “The Eye of Minds” as Target’s Daily Deal


Have you preordered your copy of James Dashner’s new book The Eye of Minds yet? If not, Target is having a great deal today only!

If you preorder the signed hardcover version of The Eye of Minds on Target.com today, you will not only get it for only $10 (47% off list price), but you will also get free shipping. You can redeem this great deal here, but make sure you do so before 11:59 PM EST tonight!