Things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Tick's being home-schooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chi'karda. But just as he begins to make progress, Mistress Jane reappears, now hideously scarred and much more powerful. She has tapped into the universe's darkest secret to create the Blade of Shattered Hope, and in her quest to attain a Utopian Reality for the future of mankind, she's ready to risk billions of lives — including those of Tick's parents and sisters — to set her plan in motion. Her vengeance knows no bounds and when rumors begin to circulate about the secret scientific experiments taking place at the Factory, Tick and his friends — Sato, Sofia, and Paul — are faced with their most dangerous task yet. And they must not fail; for if they do, the entire universe could cease to exist.
BRANDON DORMAN is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligan; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon's first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.
James Dashner was born and raised in a small town in Georgia, surrounded by a creepy forest that provided many ideas for stories later on in life. His love of books and writing made him dream of being an author someday, and he still can't believe how fortunate he is to have his wish come true.
James loves many things, but mostly his family, writing, reading, sports, movies, potato chips, autumn weather, and naps.
James can't wait to hear from his readers. If you ever want to ask him how to make a sandwich or how to tie a nifty double knot, just look in the wind-carved, snow-swept mountains of the west, where he is purported to live with a very beautiful woman and four adorable children. Or, you can just go to his website, www.The13thReality.com