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Titled “The Fever Code,” the novel will explore the creation of the Maze, and how the Gladers all got there. After all, Thomas, Teresa and their fellow Glade-dwellers didn’t choose to jump into that freight elevator and forget their pasts. Or did they?
“From the very beginning, I’ve always wanted to write a prequel about Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Alby and all the Gladers that leads up to the very moment Thomas enters the Box,” Dashner said in a release that will hit wide later today. “There are so many things hinted at that will be fun to reveal in depth. For years, fans have made it abundantly and enthusiastically clear that they want the same thing, so now seems like the perfect time to give readers the story of how the Maze began.”

Fans are getting new information concerning the plot of the Maze Runner prequel The Fever Code thanks to new comments by author James Dashner.

In his latest interview with Beaks and Geeks, Dashner drops his first major tease about the premise of his new Maze Runner novel The Fever Code.

He starts off by saying that, “Thomas alludes to something called The Purge in the third book and that’ll be a main event in the prequel that is going to be just nuts.”

Although this alone provides little insight into what we should expect, a few more details can be found within the text of The Death Cure. Here is an excerpt of the book to take a closer look:

“He [Thomas] knew enough about the Purge, about its being the shift from the original Creators to their replacements. He and Teresa had had to exterminate the entire staff after an outbreak— they’d had no choice, were the only ones left who were immune. He swore to never think about it again.”

The extermination of an entire staff of people? If this excerpt is anything to base expectations on, it looks as if the tone of The Fever Code will be just as heavy and fearsome as the larger Maze Runner series.

You can listen to the full interview with Beaks and Geeks below:

Dashner also shared within the interview that the prequel is something he has been ruminating over for a very long time.

“I have a very good editor that really wanted to make sure I had the background story in my mind. So early on she made me write this really comprehensive timeline of everything since the disasters in the world to, throughout my books,” he said. “It’s pretty in depth – and I’ve used that to throw little hints throughout the books. And actually some bonus material I wrote for various reasons. So it’s been in my head for a very long time.”

What’s it like writing the prequel The Fever Code and returning to characters lost along the way?

“I am busy writing the first draft. I have it all outlined and everything. It’s really fun to be writing some of these scenes that I’ve been alluding to and have known in my head for years and years. I’m having a good time writing it.

"I’ve resurrected some characters. Since we’ve gone back in time a little bit, they’re all alive and well. I don’t know about well – but they’re alive.”

And the prologue will be written from Newt’s perspective?

“A prologue can feel separate from the main storyline, so I thought I could get away with it being from a different point of view. People love Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) so much. But then we go back to Thomas’s (Dylan O'Brien) point of view to stay consistent with the rest of the series. Readers will definitely see all the characters they love in detail throughout the book.”

Will their personalities be similar to those we’ve seen in the maze?

“That’s going to be one the most intriguing and powerful aspects of this prequel. They will have some differences, because that’s one of the things that fascinated me; the change of these characters from the time they’re taken by WCKD to the very end. Some of their roles are reversed. I’m also trying to really show that even though their memories are taken away, in the long run their true selves do come out at some point during the trilogy. It’s actually a real challenge for me to know exactly how to portray all of the characters in this prequel, but it’s a fun challenge.”

Is there a lot more pressure now?

“Absolutely. It’s such a different experience writing this prequel, now this series is so huge around the world, and I’ve seen so much feedback about how much they love some of these characters. I feel a lot of pressure, I think more pressure than any other book I’ve written. But I think I’m up to the task, I’m having a good time with it.”

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226.03.09 | 8:12 p.m.

Even though Thomas’s and Teresa’s doors had remained unlocked, Thomas knew they were being observed, and that they were still feeling the aftermath of their trip outside. They’d tried to sneak out to meet their friends a few times since that night, but the moment they left their rooms a guard would appear and kindly but firmly tell them to “Please go back. It’s for your own good.” Always, everything was for their own good.

And even though they didn’t have the best gourmet chef in the world, food was one of the few things Thomas looked forward to in life. At the very least, WICKED considered quantity more important than quality, and that was just fine with Thomas. Growing like crazy, he was always hungry.

But maybe he’d have more than food to get excited about very soon.

Teresa, learning more and more about computers and information systems — their studies track had been diverging lately, becoming more specialized — had been told that the physical construction of the mazes was almost complete and WICKED would soon be ready for their help with things like programming the false sky and testing the optical-illusion systems. Aris and Rachel, two people they still hadn’t met, were also on the work schedule.

Teresa had a knack for the computer systems side of things, so that was where most of her training took place. And she was much, much better at it than they knew.

Much better.

We can do it, she said one morning, waking him up from a dead sleep.

Thomas rubbed his eyes groggily, not bothering to ask her what she meant. She’d tell him soon enough. She always did.

I know the security camera system like the back of my hand now. I’ve cued up all the recordings we need to loop for the night, then backtracked and erased my movements. It’s all set up.

Thomas was totally awake in an instant. His excitement made him almost laugh with happiness, but he was also scared to death. Their punishment the last time they were caught out of their rooms — the Crank pits — still haunted him, but after so long without his friends, he was desperate to try anything.

Are you sure we won’t get caught? he asked.

Very sure. I know where the guards are stationed. Everyone else will be asleep. And the lighting at night is so low that it will be really hard for someone to notice the loops. We’ll be okay.

One hundred percent okay?


Good enough for me.

Then we go exploring tonight.

Open your door in twenty seconds, she told him just after midnight. I want to be in your room as fast as possible.

Thomas did exactly as she instructed, and less than half a minute later she joined him inside his quarters. It was the first time someone other than a WICKED employee had gone past his door. He surprised her — and himself — by pulling her into a fierce hug, squeezing her like she’d disappear if he let go. Thankfully, she returned the effort just as strongly.

Man, it’s good to see you, he said, still speaking with his mind, he’d grown so used to it.

She responded by hugging him even tighter.

Eventually, sadly, they let go. He sat on the bed and she sat at his desk.

“Let’s give it a few minutes, make sure the first loop is working,” Teresa said to him, smiling with anticipation. He’d never seen her so full of energy and excitement.

“What will we do if they catch us?” Thomas asked, relieved to use his real voice with her again. “This might set us back. I mean, we’ll be working more on the mazes and stuff. Are we sure we want to risk it? What if they take it away?”

He didn’t know why he bothered. Teresa answered only by rolling her eyes. They were going to explore and that was that.

After a few minutes of silence, Teresa spoke into his mind.

Let’s go, she said. And let’s stick to the telepathy just in case. The video will work great, but who knows who might hear us if we’re talking out loud. We can only speak if we run into our friends, and then only whisper. Sound good?

Sounds like a plan, he replied.

They opened the door to his room, looked both ways, then went for it.

I’ve got it all timed, Teresa said. When I say we have to leave for the next area, no arguing. Or else someone is going to catch us when the loops run out.

Thomas merely nodded, and then they were running, his chest on fire.

A few turns, a trip through the elevator, a few more turns, always pausing to peek around corners, make sure no one was wandering the halls.

Their first stop was the sector of Group B. The goal was to meet Aris and Rachel — they had placards on their doors just like Thomas’s and Teresa’s. But when Teresa knocked on Aris’s door, there was no answer. They tried Rachel’s. Again, no response.

Teresa spoke with their special ability. These guys are either heavy sleepers, extremely obedient, or they’re out breaking the rules just like us.

Thomas nodded. Oh well. Should we go say hi to Newt and them now?

Teresa nodded and he took the lead, winding through the halls and stairways, glad for the dimmed lighting. Teresa communicated the pattern she’d set up with the camera loops to figure out the best route, and where to stop and wait. Finally they turned the last corner before the Group A sector and stopped dead. Thomas sucked in a breath. There was a young boy in the hall; he had to be only seven or eight years old, and was a little on the pudgy side. He sat with his back against the wall, arms wrapped around his knees. Tears covered his face. When he saw Thomas and Teresa, he went as pale as the moon and jumped to his feet.

“I’m s-s-sorry,” he stuttered. “P-p-please don’t tell on me.”

Thomas slowly crossed the distance between them and put a hand on the boy’s shoulder, trying to reassure him. “It’s okay, man, we’re just like you. Nothing to worry about.”

“What’s your name?” Teresa asked. Their whole plan was now in jeopardy, but the kid seemed so young, so innocent, so scared.

The boy burst into another round of tears, then answered through one of his sobs.

“They’re making me call myself Charles.”

Thomas shook his head. “Well, that’s lame. We’re going to call you Chuck.”

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Carter Ward I wish that it wasn't another prequel but yeah, i was expecting them to get out of the paradise and find a cure

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