5 books to read before they become movies this fall

Randi Mattox

It’s time to hit the books. Bestselling novels are coming to the big screens this Fall. Here are five books to read before they become movies:

1. “The Scorch Trials”

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“The Scorch Trials” is the second book in James Dashner’s “Maze Runner Saga.” The science fiction novel follows a group of teenagers who are faced with the challenge of surviving the scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unexpected obstacles.

The film adaption of “The Scorch Trials” was announced on July 25, 2014, at the San Diego Comic-Con International. The film “The Maze Runners: Scorch Trials” will be released on September 18.

2. “Into Thin Air”

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“Into Thin Air” is a bestselling non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer. It is a personal account of the author’s experience at Mt. Everest during the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, which resulted in the death of several climbers.

“Into Thin Air” was adapted into the film “Everest,” which will be released on September 25. Starring Jake Gylenhall, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Emma Watson, “Everest” is expected to become a major blockbuster hit.

3. “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob”

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“Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” is a true story written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill that details the criminal career of Whitley Bulgar, an infamous Irish-American mobster who becomes an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family.

The book inspired the film “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, to be released September 18.

4. “Mockingjay”

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“Mockingjay” is the last book in Suzanne Collin’s “The Hunger Games Trilogy.” It continues the story of Katniss Everdeen who must unify her district to rebel against a tyrannical capitol.

“Mockingjay” was adapted into two films. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1” was released on November 21, 2014.  “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2” will be released this year November 20 as the final “Hunger Games” movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore.

5. “The Martian”

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“The Martian” is a science fiction novel by Andy Weir about an astronaut who must survive alone on Mars after his crew presumes him dead.

“The Martian” was adapted into a film starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain that will be released on October 2, 2015.

Collegian A&E reporter Randi Mattox can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter at @randi_mattox.