by A. J. Paquette

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375984389
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,057,701
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

A. J. PAQUETTE is the author of the middle-grade novel Nowhere Girl, as well as several picture books for young readers. She is also a literary agent. She lives outside of Boston with her family and her very tall to-read pile. Find out more at

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Paradox 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Ana has awoken in a strange place. The only thing she knows is her name, which she discovered was pinned to her jumpsuit when she woke up, and directions. Experience. Discover. Survive. With those directions, she realizes that she has no memories, and has no idea why her jumpsuit contains knives and a pistol. With the touch of a button, a hatch opens up from the rocket she has been in and steps into a hostile planet. But she isn't the only living thing there. A mysterious creature that looks like a giant worm with a gaping mouth full of teeth is hunting something down, and by the looks of it, it seems to be hunting Ana and her newly discovered traveling companion, Todd. With a ticking clock, a crisis on Earth, and lives on the line, how is Ana supposed to save the world, and everybody she has come to love? This book is amazing! I couldn't relate to anyone in this book, which is a bit sad, but it didn't bother me too much. I think my favorite character is Ana, only because none of the other characters were described as good as her, which isn't a shock, considering the fact that the book is based on her. She just has this kinda air to her, you know, the whole, "I think rationally in extreme situations and I pull through pain." kinda attitude that I wish I had. The way that the conflict was built and how the trip was described was written nicely, and nothing felt out of place in the story. Paradox was written in third person, focusing entirely on Ana, which is ok, because her role in the story was the most interesting (insert a big fat "DUH!!" right here). The flow was ok, but it wasn't the best. It seemed a bit fast pace, but it was ok. I didn't mind too much. The writing style was very serious, as Ana is a very cut-and-dry person, but there were some nicer parts to the story. I recommend Paradox to teens ages 13-16. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worth it fir a short read but it won't become a fav. Worth buying.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Paradox is a quick sci-fi fantasy read that readers of all ages may enjoy. The story is told in a simplistic, straightforward style. It doesn't delve much into who the characters are, only ever giving us the information we need to know. Initially, I didn't know what to think about the brevity of the writing. It seemed more like the kind of writing I'd expect from a children's chapter book, and this actually is a book that I'd recommend to middle-grade readers. The writing grew on me, however, and I ended up enjoying this book. I like how the writing reflects the blank slate that is Ana's mind because she doesn't have prior expectations of the world around her and doesn't have much to base her judgments upon. It also suits her character. Ana isn't one to think much before making decisions. She's your typical passionate, hot-headed teenager. There were times when I wanted to tell her to relax and follow Todd's lead (he's very calm and level-headed), but I do understand her anxiety. After all, she did wake up in a strange world with memories much less any idea about what she's doing there. Todd makes a great foil for Ana's character, and they make a good team on their trek in the strange world of Paradox. The other characters have their own unique personalities and stories that heighten the mystery of the plot. I especially appreciate how it is during Ana's experiences on Paradox while suffering from memory loss that she, and thus we the readers, learn more about herself than we would have had the weight of her prior experiences influenced her judgments. In a way, you could say that it is a sci-fi fantasy adventure at heart because the story focuses on the mission and not so much on character development, though Ana does show some signs of growth when she learns to accept her past and move towards the future. At the same time, it is because the plot is so simple that Ana's story carries so much weight.