Paradox by A.J. Paquette – Giveaway



Author: A.J. Paquette
Pub. Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
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Fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series will love this postapocalyptic adventure about a girl who must survive an alien planet in order to save the Earth.

Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

Meeting up with three other teens–one boy seems strangely familiar–Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth. They’re working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?


A.J. PaquetteAbout the author: A.J. Paquette has been writing stories since early childhood. She and her sister would spend hours creating masterpieces of stapled paper and handwritten words, complete with pen-and-ink covers and boxed illustrations.

The road to publication was long and winding, peppered with many small successes including: a variety of national magazine publications, being a 2005 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award honoree, and receiving the 2008 SCBWI’s Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award, for the book that would later become Nowhere Girl. Her first picture book, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, was published in 2009.

She now lives with her husband and two daughters in the Boston area, where she continues to write books for children and young adults. She is also an agent with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.




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Holes, by Louis Sachar: Perfect, meticulous plotting. A masterpiece no writer should miss reading.

Dragon’s Keep, by Janet Lee Carey: Rich prose and magnificent world building, with a story pulse that crescendos expertly toward its climactic ending.

The List, by Siobhan Vivian: Multiple POVs perfectly interwoven, excellent character development, themes that feel organic to the characters, and a satisfying-yet-not-saccharine ending.
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  1. Story interests me.

  2. Peggy Hopkins says:

    It sounds interesting because we may all one day end up like her.

  3. I love that she can’t remember anything, yet things are slightly familiar. I want to find out her story.

  4. This sounds like it’s full of intrigue. The cover is really sharp, too!

  5. Kylie C says:

    I like the genre and the cover intrigues me- it reminds me of Dune.

  6. I’m into apocalyptic novels lately and this one sounds very intriguing. I like the character who saves the day is female.

  7. Jen Haile says:

    I love novels that are about survival and alien planets are also a plus!

  8. Jennifer Crawford says:

    I’m into the apocalyptic genre!

  9. I like sci-fi books with a strong female lead and this seems to fit the bill

  10. I liked Maze Runner but I’m excited to see something with a female lead!

  11. Evette Torres says:

    First off I really love to read sci-fi especially ya sci-fi. Second I love that the main character is Hispanic. 😀

  12. barbed1951 says:

    A postapocalyptic adventure with a heroine who is missing her memory, sounds fantastic to me. 😀

  13. Daniel M says:

    my fav genre sounds great!

  14. It sounds like a book I would read.:) the genre..

  15. The whole story sounds interesting

  16. Anita Yancey says:

    Sounds like a really good read. I just love the cover.

  17. Chalaina says:

    It sounds like quite the story. I like the amnesia-type angle.

  18. My boys really like this genre of stories

  19. hollybindurham says:

    The thing that interests me most is genre/plot – rather sci-fi, a bit post-apocalyptic, and full of mystery and the unknown, including the fundamental question of “who am I?” That sounds like a winning read to me!! Oh, and every single one of AJ’s five books she’s dying to read are also on MY list of books I’m dying to read!! 🙂