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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  291 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
The Maze Runner meets Hatchet in this sci-fi adventure with a surprise twist ending that no one will see coming.

Survive one world. Save another.

Ana wakes on a barren alien world. The instructions in her pocket tell her that she must survive a trek across Paradox in less than 28 hours.

Mission? Check.
Weapons? Check.
Memory? Missing. . . .

Meeting up with three other t
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Aug 22, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Gosh this book was cool. So cool. I'm not a big fan of the cover, so I wasn't sure how the story was going to go. But when I read the inside flap, I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did!

When Ana wakes up in a strange space craft on a strange planet, the only thing she knows is her name. Where is she? How did she get there? Is she alone? All Ana knows is that her watch is counting down to something and she has to follow the map before time runs out. On her way, she meets others from h
Jun 18, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
Have I mentioned how much I love that the new YA trend is standalone science fiction? It bears repeating. And I doubly couldn't resist PARADOX when the Rockstar Book Tours sign-up showed up in my email, because Shai-Hulud is on the cover and you do not mess around with sandworms.

PARADOX is lean and mean, clocking in at 240 pages. There were times when I could've used more, especially in the latter parts of the novel. But I liked that A. J. Paquette didn't add a lot of padding. What's left is the
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Paradox is unique, intense and fast paced post apocalyptic adventure that takes us across the landscape of Paradox, where Ana and three other teens must survive in order to complete their mysterious mission. However they run into trouble in the form of one seriously huge and persist ant worm.

Paradox is written in 3rd person, which is a bit odd at first and I did initially have some trouble falling into the story but once it got started and the mystery becomes incredibly thick I couldn’t put it d
Aug 26, 2013 B. rated it liked it
The arrangement of this world is obvious in hindsight but is at least somewhat interesting on first read. A very fast, almost light story, and didn't leave a huge impression despite its subject matter. Unlike many reviewers I had no problem with 3rd person, which I find more natural (and maybe more challenging for the writer, when a clear protagonist is present) than 1st person.

I should note that I probably would've given this book 4 stars in the past, and my rating criteria have changed.
Ann Andrea (Bookcraze96)
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Sep 30, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it
So far it reminds me like the maze runner series and I loved that series,, What I also like is that this is not a trilogy or a several book series, cause all I read are series and it's nice to read just 1 book without waiting for the next.. When I am finished the book I will give my review bit so far so good
Ashley Barringer
May 26, 2016 Ashley Barringer rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Short and simple... Reminds me of The Maze Runner. Would def recommend if you like that series.
Jun 24, 2013 Aeicha rated it really liked it
A.J. Paquette's Paradox is an out of this world post-apocalyptic adventure that features an intriguing premise, a strong, capable heroine, and cool sci-fi elements.

Paradox begins with Ana waking aboard a spaceship with no memory of who she is or where she is. Ana soon discovers that she is on a desolate planet called Paradox and has clear instructions to observe and survive. This planet is home to a terrifying and huge worm like creature, as well as strange streams of light that give Ana a glimp
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
Jul 23, 2015 J.C. rated it it was ok
While this sci-fi novel was very intriguing and well-written, I did not necessarily enjoy it, for I found it a bit strange for me. Maybe it’s because I’m just not a sci-fi person, but to me, this book was just kind of creepy. To make matters worse, it was written in present tense third person, which is probably the worst writing style to read that exists.

The mysteries were very compelling, though, and that’s mainly why I kept reading: to find out who Ana was and where she came from. There was so
Stephanie Ward
'Paradox' is a young adult science fiction novel that follows main character Ana as she finds herself along on a rocket ship without any knowledge of how she got there, who she is, or any other memories. Ana soon realizes that she has been sent to the planet Paradox on a mission to explore the planet and to help save Earth's existence. Ana finds herself with three other teens who have been sent on the same mission, and together they must go on a journey that carries the weight of the world - ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it
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 ...more
John Bess
Sep 16, 2016 John Bess rated it liked it
A quick and interesting read. Definitely curious if and how a sequel would be for this storyline. Albeit a prequel is highly probable. I just wish the book provided more descriptive details to accompany is intriguing plot.
Aug 29, 2013 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The premise to premise sounded really interesting. I love science fiction so I was a bit excited! But it didn't really turn out to be what I thought it was going to be. I kept zoning out while reading and didn't really care that much about the characters. It moved really quickly. I feel that if it was a bit longer, it could have become so much more layered. And in addition, it kind of felt like to different stories instead of one.

The planet was wonderfully imagined. In fact, the imagery used thr
Feb 20, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This is a solid SCI FI novel; AND a stand alone; no series!!! It’s nice to find a good stand alone novel with an eye-catching cover to boot. This novel is told in the third person with Ana being the protagonist. The twists and turns a reader encounters in this book are quite unexpected; and enjoyable – it keeps you on your toes. The idea of a similar planet to earth, in another galaxy is facinating to me; and the exploration of such kept me turning the pages. The book is not burdensome at all; ...more
E. Anderson
Jul 24, 2013 E. Anderson rated it it was amazing
Leave it to A.J. Paquette to take the dystopian novel and turn it on its head. In PARADOX, Ana has recently woken on a strange, barren planet, with little other than her name (which she only remembers because of a tag pinned to her suit). Her mission? To survive.

Ana's memories are gone, and as she begins her trek toward she's not sure what, she's sure she's alone. But it's not long before she realizes she's, in fact, not the only living creature here. There's a giant, worm-like creature, seeming
Aug 16, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
So I thought that this book was pretty good. A few things I wasn't fond of . . .
I didn't really like the fact that it was written in 3rd person omniscient. Like, you know, Ana sits up. Ana lays down. That sort of thing. But that's just a personal preference of mine. At least, I thing that omniscient is the right word.
Second, sometimes I thought that maybe the characters didn't react to something as I thought they should've. Like maybe they were a bit too stoic or something.
Third, I wasn't tota
Oct 21, 2013 Whitney rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
This is a YA book that didn't quite succeed as a YA book. Other than the characters ages I really feel that the book would sell better in the middle grade market, which makes perfect sense when you realize that all of the author's previous books WERE middle grade.

I loved the idea that the main character has amnesia and was desperately trying to figure out what was going on. Her confusion with why she was on a foreign planet and why there was a timer ticking down was palpable. I did have problems
Jun 10, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
I didn't like it at first. This book is about a girl who wakes up in a rocket on a different planet and can't remember anything. She finds a letter telling her to go explore and so she does. She meets others and they go to find this colony that was mentioned in her letter. Meanwhile a giant worm like creature is chasing them. So yeah. At first I did not like how much was kept from the main character. I felt like I was left in the dark and was getting annoyed. But once I reached the last third ...more
L.R. Pardee
Jun 15, 2014 L.R. Pardee rated it really liked it
Clever and completely engrossing. I received an advance copy of Paradox at a party at a local bookstore. I'm not sure if it came out of the child or young adult pile. As I read through it in about 3 hours, I would guess child/middle grade, but the subject matter was definitely higher end. I don't think I would give this book to someone under 12.

In Paradox, Ana, our heroine, awakes without memory. She finds herself in a space ship on a strange planet with a cryptic mission and a watch that is cou
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Jan 29, 2016 Alma Ramos-McDermott rated it really liked it
It is the year 2041. A planet called Paradox has been discovered, and is shown to be equal to Earth in all respects. With great excitement, a landing party is sent to explore and set up a new civilization. Within a short timeframe, members of the research team get sick from a mysterious illness and begin to die.

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Feb 14, 2015 Pewdiepie0801 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book and I think it is very interesting because the book felt weird. At first I didn't really like this book but in the end I liked it, there was no actions at first but towards the end it was fine. I thought the climax was near the end of the story. The plot of the story was interesting because things were different and not the same as Earth.
What I think needs more improvement on the story is the descriptions. I didn't get to know the character much, all I knew was it was a perso
Jul 06, 2016 Maddy rated it did not like it
The foundation of the book was solid and it had some interesting ideas, I'll give it that. But the romance was badly written and not particularly interesting, and honestly the book would probably have been better without it. The dialogue was awkward and could be pretty stilted. There were some things that should have been fleshed out more. While half the plot twists were interesting, the rest I saw coming a mile ahead -- though keep in mind, I've read a lot of sci-fi and explored these ideas on ...more
May 16, 2013 Ashleigh rated it really liked it
Read as digital ARC. I appreciated this book because on top of being short and not wasting my time, it has exactly the kind of set up I love: showing up in a weird location with no idea of what's going on. Hey, it worked for Maze Runner, and a TV show I loved--Persons Unknown. What really impressed me about the book were the appendixes in the back, which added just the right amount of background information and gave the entire book a creepy feeling that very much reminded me of the interviews ...more
Elizabeth Curington
Sep 26, 2013 Elizabeth Curington rated it it was ok
A fascinating premise of teen space travel with characters whose minds have been wiped clean in order to start over. The mystery of the new planet and what happened to Earth had me hooked. But then everything inexplicably went wrong (and it got explained later, but not well, and I didn't like feeling lost and confused in the middle).

And then the twist. Bleh. I didn't care any more by that point. Oh, and Ana jumps in to save the day for humanity... I was skimming by that point. Disappointing over
Sep 29, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Ana wakes on an alien planet with no memory, a 28 hour countdown on her watch, a map with a goal, and instructions to "survive." A fast paced, page-turning journey ensues, with characters that you care about and a fascinating, ever-changing and dangerous environment. All the while, Ana's past dangles like a carrot from a stick, enticing us to solve the mystery of why she is on Paradox.

When the mystery is solved, more adventure and mystery ensue.

An entertaining read. Not deep, perhaps, but very
Jul 11, 2016 Savana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Paradox was by far an amazing book! Not only is it a mystery/thriller, but it keeps you on your toes, but has a scientific, futuristic, twist to it that is absolutely amazing in every possible way.

If there was one thing I could ask for though, when it comes to this book, is for a sequel. Does Todd and Ana fully recover completely; and stay that way? Were they the only ones left on Earth? If not, who else was left? Was there any evidence discovered that Jim didn't murder everyone, and then himse
Maria Kramer
Feb 03, 2014 Maria Kramer rated it it was ok
This story would be more suited to an episode of Dr. Who or The Outer Limits than a whole novel. There just isn't really enough meat to make the action-oriented plot interesting, even with the twist halfway through that (view spoiler). Honestly, I suspected it all along, and it didn't make the characters any more interesting to me. The ending is to pat and just not satisfying. Read "Living Hell" instead.
Dec 29, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
Paradox starts with a terrific premise. A girl wakes up in a spaceship on a strange planet not knowing who she is or what she’s doing there. The note pinned to her spacesuit says her name is Ana. A second note gives her only the smallest clue of her mission on Paradox. A.J. Paquette’s face paced sci-fi novel is an edge-of-the- seat read full of plot twists that lead to a surprising ending.
Jennifer Nielsen
Jul 06, 2013 Jennifer Nielsen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It took me a chapter or two to adjust to the present tense, but once I did, I thought it was very cool. Ana is certainly a great character but her growing understanding of herself, her environment, and the others around her became very interesting, especially within the context of the book's title.
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A. J. PAQUETTE lives in Massachusetts with her family, where she is also a literary agent. Nowhere Girl is her first novel.
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