‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Switches Gears, Writes True Crime Thriller

‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Switches Gears, Writes True Crime Thriller

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The world of young adult fiction is pretty hot for dystopian storylines right now, and author James Dashner has definitely found a comfortable niche in that world. With shades of The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Maze Runner series features an adolescent cast of boys fighting for survival after the world has been destroyed by solar flares. There’s danger, violence, and just a little cannibalism, but the series is still decidedly geared towards young adults. His other series, The Mortality Doctrine, inspired by Dashner’s favorite movies The Matrix and Inception, is also aimed at teenaged readers.  Kaya Scoldelario and Dylan O’Brien in Maze …

Puerto Rico Receives Love and Lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda

Puerto Rico Receives Love and Lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Four weeks ago, if you’d played a word association game with ‘Maria’ and ‘Puerto Rico,’ your mind might have conjured up the image of a dark-haired girl in 1950s New York City, leaning over a balcony and wishing goodnight to the boy she’d just met at a dance in a gym. It is a beautiful yet heart-wrenching image of youthful passion that has appeared on stages across the world since West Side Story premiered on Broadway in 1957.   But Mother Nature has changed that image.    Now the image is one of homes ripped apart as if they’d been nothing …