James Dashner, author of the Jimmy Fincher series, the 13th Reality series, and The Maze Runner, picks these five books as those most important or influential to him:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Stand by Stephen King
Strangers by Dean Koontz
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
For more on James Dashner, be sure to check it his fun blog, The Dashner Dude, where he keeps readers very up to date on what's happening in his life. His books also have some really amazing websites devoted just for them. Learn more about The 13th Reality here, and his book that is coming out this very day, The Maze Runner, here. His first series, published locally, is The Jimmy Fincher Saga, and he tells the interesting story on how that came about on his blog here.
If you'd like to hear James himself talk more about The Maze Runner, here's the link to his Amazon video. Check it out!