Monday, June 29, 2009

Kirkus Review of The Hunt for Dark Infinity

I realized today I never posted this really awesome review we received from Kirkus (months ago. doh!). They're one of the big ones, and we were really excited to have such a positive review. They've liked both books in The 13th Reality so far, which is a huge relief!

Here it is:

Tick, Paul and Sophia were brought together to solve a set of clues that led them into other dimensions in The Journal of Curious Letters (2008), the first installment in this intriguing series. They've spent the summer relaxing with building anticipation for their next call to action. It isn't long in coming. A message from Master George tells them to meet in the woods for transportation to headquarters and their next assignment. They're whisked away into another reality…but was it Master George who did the whisking?

The Realities are crumbling around the edges, and it is up to the trio to save the day. They race across surrealistic landscapes drawn from an imagination that crosses Salvador Dali with Baum's Land of Oz. Readers will be as puzzled as the characters, who tumble from one complex and outrageous situation to the next, rescued from each at the last minute—sometimes with no explanation. But it all holds together remarkably well, encouraging suspension of disbelief to make way for glorious flights of imagination. (Fantasy. 10 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2009)

15 comments:

Melinda said...

That's awesome.

My son just re-read the first and devoured the second. He said it was really good. (He has very discerning tastes, so take that as high praise.)

L.T. Elliot said...

Gotta give them props for being accurate, huh?

I loved Dark Infinity and the ending had me itching for the next one.

J.N. Future Author said...

That is way cool! ^.^

I really REALLY need to send you my reviews eventually

Kimberly said...

I like the review of the fourteen year old girl I recently lent the books to much better. It went along the lines of, "Fan-frickin'-tabulous!"

James Dashner said...

Thanks guys - hearing stuff like that never gets old.

Fan-frickin-tabulous. I gotta remember that one.

Magenta said...

You know, I've only just started reading Dark Infinity today?! I was at a Barnes and Noble for a couple hours and read 10 chapters in one sitting...

Verdict so far: Simply awesome! I left them off in a really weird place, so I'll need to get back to them as soon as possible. Keep up the great writing, James!

Melony said...

My daughters devour your books. My oldest can't wait for The Maze Runner. You rock. the way you can spin all this fantasy out of your head is just plain awesome. I can't do fantasy...it makes me crazy. Writing about time travel has me wondering what I was thinking! BTW - after the whole Best Buy incident I went home and thought, oh man, I was totally proving your latest top 10. I like to show not everything you write is fantasy. ;)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Awesome review, James! You are quite the big guy these days.

BTW - I'm also popping over to enter Nichole's contest . . . in which I have to tell you how awesome she is and you should totally go read her top ten summer list!

Graham Chops said...

Yes indeed. More action is the key to making a better story, of this I am convinced :-)

I mean, it's gotta be SMART action, but HDI had plenty of it.

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Good article in the Deseret News. You've done great things.

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Dave said...

James,
although ive never posted here before, ive been watching for a while. Ive real both of the 13th reality books. LOVE THEM! i cant say much more thank that. I actually am on about pg 210 of the Maze Runneryes, got a digned copy on Ebay...sssshhhh! for $10 and he didnt even know it was signed) and I love it. I just can not wait to turn the page. You have done an incredible job as an author...i just ordered the jimmy fincher series from B & N. oh did i mention i was 33. my daughters are now reading the 13th series. Seriously, you are an unbelievable author. i am hoping that one day i can meet you on tour. i have read a lot about you and what intrigues me most is that you are supposedly a really down to earth kind of guy. appreciative of your position and gift. well, i just opened a new book review site with my wife and daughters...its not really up and running yet, but it is live. if i can find your email address somewhere, ill send you a link as you are right on the top of the page as one of my fav! im not going to post it here as it wasnt the point of me posting in the first place. I am going to contact your publisher and see if there is any way i can get on the list to receive your books for review or even for a contest on our site. I hope it can happen as i am hooked. well, hopefully ill be around much more often. thanks for everything and please, please keep writing!
David
mrlatts@gmail.com

Dave said...

oh, and i had initially heard the words lord of the flies mentioned when i started looking into Maze...HA, ancient history...Maze blows that away..i honestly think that will become the "lord of the flies" of the future, as back in the early 80's, remember, im 33, lord of the flies was the must read in classrooms for obvious reasons...well you just wiped them off the shelf and im only halfway done! I mean that! thanks James! i better shut up before i just start blurting out about the book...ok lips sealed!
Dave

Dave said...

sorry about the grammer :O) (well, you are an author)