OMG, Gladers — a Fifth Maze Runner Book is On Its Way!

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James Dashner loves us, Gladers. Like, really loves us. Hot off the success of his book-turned-movie, The Maze Runner, the author of the series announced that he’s penned a SECOND prequel novel, the fifth installment in the overall franchise, called The Fever Code, and it’s tapped for release in 2016!

The Fever Code is said to “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?”

In a statement (via MTV), James says, “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. 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.”

The Maze Runner series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and the first prequel, The Kill Order) has sold over 6.5 million copies since the OG’s release back in October 2007, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon.

The film’s sequel, The Scorch Trials, is set to hit theaters on September 18, 2015.

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