Teen in Pandemic & 'Crank Palace' Novella for Maze Runner Series

By 4/29/2021 02:26:00 PM

Ironically, my tween son is growing up in a time when the world is dealing with a global viral pandemic. So the story-line of the Maze Runner Series became more real to him.


Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

While my son doesn't have to run the maze or help find a cure for the Maze Runner Series fictional virus, The Flare, I'm sure he has similar feelings like the film's characters.

So when I received an offer to review the newest book for the series "Crank Palace" by author James Dashner, it was a good way to have my son read something he can relate to and encourage a conversation about "living" in a pandemic world.


The Crank Palace Novella & COVID-19


Innovative publisher Riverdale Avenue Books is excited to be publishing James Dashner’s first new work from his best-selling series.

At the request of his fans, author James Dashner began working on the story of what happened to Newt, one of the initial Maze Runner characters who was not immune to the fictional virus, The Flare.

However, once the world was plunged into a real-life viral pandemic with the outbreak of COVID-19, Newt’s story really came to life as Crank Palace.

“A large chunk of Crank Palace was written after the latest coronavirus began its mad spread across continents, seemingly sparing no corner of the Earth, no matter how far. That was an odd experience;” Dashner explained. “It added depth, a level of personal, relatable fear that might’ve been missing in earlier books.”

Dashner has pledged to donate all proceeds from the publication of the book to various charities designed to help those affected by the pandemic and cultural upheaval of the past year.


The Crank Palace Novella Storyline


Taking place during the latter events of The Death Cure, Crank Palace tells the story of Newt like never before, from inside his own mind, as he searches for meaning in a life gone horribly wrong. He will try to fulfill a new-found destiny before his path leads to its inevitable conclusion—and one last meeting with his best friend.

Leaving only a note, Newt departs the Berg before the Gladers return from their mission into Denver, Colorado. From there, he experiences the gritty nightmare of life on the streets, running from the infected and those hunting them, until he ends up in the Crank Palace, the last dumping ground of those without hope.

Although Newt thought he was running away from his friends to save them from himself, along the way he meets a young mother named Keisha and her son, Dante, who end up saving Newt in a way he could never have imagined.

The book is available on Amazon.com as a trade paperback and hardcover, and available on audio from Tantor Books.

To learn more, visit - www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com

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