Eat, drink and be scary!

October 27, 2011

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

There is an abundant crop of imaginative new dystopian fiction for young adults ready to harvest this fall, and we’d like to tell you a bit more about 3 of our favorites…

Ashes, Ilsa J. Bick
Dystopic books rule, and this book is the new king of the pile! Alexandra is in the back country to spread her parents’ ashes at a favorite spot, when the world she knows comes to an end. An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is broadcast across the world, and the consequences are devastating. Alex is witness to the death of 10-year-old Ellie’s grandfather. Later, when they are attacked by deranged humans, they are rescued by Tom, and this fledgling “family” must somehow learn to survive on this new and terrible version of Earth. When the three decide to walk out of the woods to find other survivors, the tale becomes even more compelling and fast-paced—and a little creepy. Readers will be clamoring for the sequel.  – Margaret Brennan Neville, Egmont, $17.99 (14 and up) Limited signed copies available.

The Death Cure, James Dashner
As the final installment in James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure does not disappoint. The mind-eating virus, nick-named The Flare, is steadily infecting those closest to Thomas. With close friends now infected, Thomas is forced to hastily decide whether or not he will help WICKED, the government organization set in place to find a cure for the ravening disease, or if he should instead stick with his gut and get as far away from WICKED’s headquarters as geographically possible. Just as The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trial hooked readers on the fast-paced and multi-adventurous narrative, The Death Cure will keep readers glued to its pages from start to finish. – Rachel Heath, Delacorte, $17.99 (12 and up) Limited signed copies available.

Crossed, Ally Condie
Local author Ally Condie’eagerly awaited sequel to Matched has been worth the wait! Readers get to hear both Ky and Cassia’s point of view in alternating chapters. Both characters are willing to take risks, to find the other. In the much harsher environment of the Outer Province, Ky struggles to save his own life, and Cassia is desperate to find him. But Xander is not out of the picture, and he surprises Cassia over and over again. The twists and turns of the story bring this dystopian love story to a surprising place. This is a sequel that lives up to the excitement and promise of the first book, a very difficult thing to do!  — Margaret Brennan Neville, $17.99, Penguin (12 and up) Meet Ally and get your copy signed at the bookstore on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

Rapunzel Roundup Pictures

August 28, 2008

Rapunzel Roundup: James Dashner and The 13th Reality

August 12, 2008

James Dashner will be signing at the Rapunzel Roundup, August 23rd, 1 p.m. at the Foothill Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City

James Dashner is the only person I know of who could make a character that dresses all in yellow and resembles nothing so much as a giant banana truly, frighteningly, evil. The Journal of Curious Letters is a great beginning to the 13th Reality series, full of puzzles and riddles side by side with action. Atticus “Tick” Higginbottom has always been a little different, but it wasn’t until he got the strange letter that he realized just how different. Before he knows it, he’s caught in a web of intrigue and adventure that takes him from his own reality (one readers will recognize as their own) into alternate dimensions and teams him up with fellow “Realitants” in an attempt to save everything from the madness of yellow-loving Mistress Jane. Sound ambitious? It is, plus a whole lot of fun.

Link Love

April 16, 2008

As much as we like you to pay for your books, I feel like I should mention that James Dashner (who we love here at TKE) is giving away copies of The 13th Reality on his blog! For those who don’t win, we’ve got plenty of signed copies in stock, plus some free posters!

Sara Zarr, who we also love, does a nice round-up of local authors and their news, proving our contention that Salt Lake is the place to be if you like authors!