Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kirkus Review, Tour Dates

One week. One week from TODAY! The Scorch Trials will be in a bookstore near you. I'm so excited for all of you to read this book. Extremely excited. Here's hoping you'll like it.

I'm ecstatic to say that Kirkus sure seemed to like it! It REALLY made my month to get the following review. And what better way to preface the list of events of my upcoming tour. If you don't like slight spoilers, you might want to skip it though. I love at the end they label it not only as science fiction, but as a "thriller." That's music to my ears...

Here's the full review:

Author: Dashner, James
Thomas led the Gladers to safety in The Maze Runner (2009). But after just one night’s rest, the survivors are told that a true haven is still a long way off. To reach it, they have to pass another trial: crossing an expanse of scorched earth while being pursued by the Cranks, humans infected by the Flare, a disease that inflicts madness. If they can just make it to the designated meeting point on time (and alive), they will be met by a rescue team from the shadowy organization behind these trials, receive the cure to the pandemic and never have to face danger again.

Constantly on the run and threatened, the Gladers struggle to win. Thomas tries to protect his friends while searching for Teresa, the lone girl from the Glade, and grappling with elusive returning memories. Taut and bleak, continually intriguing and surprising, this is a solid sequel that keeps both Thomas and readers wondering what is really going on. Hooked readers will hope they won’t have to wait long for the answers that have been promised in the next installment. (Science fiction/thriller. 12 & up)


Official Launch Party (Please come and make it big and great!):

Tuesday, October 12th @ 7 p.m.
The King’s English
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Wednesday, October 13th @ 7 p.m.
255 Grossman Dr.
Braintree, MA 02184

Thursday, October 14th @ 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
98 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803

Friday, October 15th @ 7 p.m.
Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211

Saturday, October 16th @ 1:30 p.m.
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival (sponsored by Next Chapter Bookshop)
Presentation and signing
Sheboygan, WI

Monday, October 18th @ 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
Greyhound Plaza
14709 US Hwy 31 North
Carmel, IN 14709

October 19th @ 7 p.m.
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Wednesday, October 20th at 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
Chesterfield Oaks
1600 Clarkson Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Thursday, October 21st @ 7 p.m.
2720 NW 29th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210

Friday, October 22nd @ 4 p.m.
A Children’s Place
4807 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213

Monday, October 25th @ 7 p.m.
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tuesday, October 26th @ 7 p.m.
2316 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405-5000

Wednesday, October 27th @ 10 a.m.
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(In-store with school groups)


Brodi Ashton said...

I'll be at the launch. Congrats James, on the great review!

Irish said...

Looking forward to your stop in MA. LOVED Scorch Trials!! Though I really do think you are a bit evil now.

Magenta said...

Ah! I forgot that Scorch was coming out in a week! That's so awesome!!! Thanks for reminding me. Looking forward to seeing it in stores! ^_^

Great review! I bet we'll love it just as much.

Too bad I'm not still in Boston. I would LOVED to have met you on your tour! ~,~ Please put Florida on your tour schedule someday, PLEASE???

MissE said...

Hi! I actually saw you at a signing in Austin TX. I was there to see Brandon Mull and now that I've read my FRIENDS copy of Maze Runner I am kicking myself for not getting a signed copy while I had the chance. I'll have to catch ya next time! Here's my review.


Looking forward to The Scorch Trials. Keep it up!

Shari Arnold said...

Great review! Good luck with the tour!

Unknown said...

Hi, I'd like to get in touch with you about doing a school visit but can't find a means of contact. Could you send me an email, please?

Sheryl Stoeck
San Antonio

Leesie Jones said...

Once again,
The lonely state of Colorado is left in the dust...
*tear tear*
Anyway, Great review. Way to go Kirkus!! Haha

Brooks said...

How is it possible to skip over NY and NJ??

Either way I can't wait for the new book!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I don't see any Montana cities on your tour - DUDE! We love you here. At least I'm guaranteed to finally get to see you next Fall. I'll have to set up a blog review/interview with you for Scorch! I am sooooooo excited! :-)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I'll be at the MA stop! I Can't wait for The Scorch Trials to finally come out :D

Jackson Porter said...

Congrats to all of your tour dates. That's like all over the United States sort of.

Hope you have a good time,


Mundie Moms said...

Congratulations on the release next week! It was great seeing you back in Austin this past weekend. Enjoy your tour!

Laura said...

Have a blast on tour!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait! Next time can you come to Connecticut? Nobody ever comes east!

Matt Hayes said...

My mom says I need to yell at you for not coming to Texas.

Matt Hayes said...

We enjoyed seeing you the last time, my mom says, and that we hope to see you again!

Suey said...

I wish so bad we could come to the launch party.. BUT that's the same night of the play which we won/bought at the Writing for Charity auction! Oh, well. I will buy it, just not at the launch party... and catch you later for a signing.

URFAN "Nicole" said...

I seriously send out a txt every night with the Daily Countdown!!! im so excited for "Scorch Trials"!!!

How do you just come up with brilliant things like this!?!

You gotta answer some my questions sometime...

Blue said...

See ya Tuesday JD!

Aliah E. said...

Do you have to pay to go to the release party?

Anonymous said...

are you still writing the 13th
Reality? I want to know and can't wait for the scorch trials

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

What? No Chicago? Rats. :) Good luck on the tour!

Magenta said...

Hello James. This has nothing to do with your blog post or your books (sorry, I don't often do this =P) but I was wondering if you were interested in doing a meme? I tagged you in this post:


You are probably really busy, what with Scorch Trials coming out and all (I'm really excited for it!), but maybe you'll think of doing this for a future post?

I'd be really honored if you accepted and did this meme. Heck, I'd even be honored to know you read my blog. ^_^ Just something for you to consider, okay?

Thanks a lot! ^_~
One of your many #1 fans,

Gaelle said...

Dear James Dashner,

I did not find your email address on your website. Therefore I thought of leaving you a comment in the Q&A section.

My name is Gaelle and I'm sending you this comment from Belgium where I study translation.
I will soon start my last year and I have to translate a book into French for my thesis.

I've always wanted to translate children's books and I discovered your different series. I first read "The Maze-Runner" and loved it, but then I saw your other books and they are exactly what I am looking for. They are the kind of books that made me love reading when I was a child. Plus, I really enjoy your writing. Therefore, I will do my very best to make a perfect translation.

In fact, I will present my thesis in two years, but I can't present a book already translated in French. Therefore, I would like to know if your books are being translated or will be translated in the near future. If you could tell me that they will not be translated, that would be wonderful for me.

Here is my email address: gaelleguilleaume@gmail.com

I look forward to your reply.
Best wishes,


Dana Elmendorf said...

I promise people in southern California read, really we do. I'd love to see San Diego make it on you tour list.

Melissa said...

I just finished reading The Scorch Trials...in one word...AMAZING. I couldn't put it down and find the development of the plot and characters richer than in The Maze Runner.

The only problem is we have to wait a year for the third book :(

Congratulations on this thrilling book.

Katie said...

No Florida :(

Hopefully someday
I just finished Scorch Trials about 15 minutes ago. You've got me so hooked on this series.
And now since I have to wait for the 3rd book. I'll be taking a look at the 13th Reality Series.

Don't forget the Florida fans :)

Trixie and Tess said...

Came to check out your tour dates. Wish you were going to be closer to me. 6 1/2 hours is the closest locale. I would love to have my book signed and meet you!! I'm half way through Scorch and I absolutely LOVE it!!! Brought it to work with me today...lunch time reading, break time reading, and perhaps a little under the desk reading. :) Thanks for writing such an amazing series. I can NOT wait for The Death Cure!!

Anonymous said...

Omg I live in st.louis and i really want to go to one of the signings ~I just have to convince my mom first~ |:

Heather Lanier said...

So I just finished your second book, in just a few hours I might add because just like the first I couldn't put it down. In fact, I was almost angry I had finished it so fast and didn't have the next one! So hope you're writing quickly. :]
But yes, I just happened upon here to see any news about the next book and saw you were doing a tour. I figured I'd look to see if you were coming out my way but figured you wouldn't because who comes to Santa Rosa when they go to California, but as I'm sure you already know, you ARE going to be in Santa Rosa. I'm quite excited about this and hope I'll make it out there. I think my friends would mock me for how giddy I am about this, especially with it being so near my 23rd birthday and all, it’s like an early birthday gift! I always thought meeting authors and famous scientist was far cooler than meeting the latest pop singer or movie star. Then again, I've never wanted to act, just write, of course I ended up becoming a nurse. Such is life.

My apologies for the long comment. I blame it on my current reading frenzy. It's making me long winded. Anyway, glad to see you. Also, my apologies about the Giants beating the Braves. Good games though.

Landon Pierce said...

OM*G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ive only read half of the Scorch Trials and I LOVE IT!!! What is with Teresa!?!? Why did you make her be the one that is mind-controlled by WICKED??? Why couldn't it have been Frypan!!! WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
thnx you for looking at this/reading this post and will somebody(perferably James) answer my questions!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Dashner,
AWESOME 2 BOOKS! It is 3am and I just finished Scorch Trials....you need to come to Delaware...n hurry up writing that 3rd book...I'm jones'n already...you blew the hunger games away! Thank you!
Monakatkrazy in Lower, Slower, Delaware

Melissa Dashner Dwyer said...

My twin boys and I are so excited for this 2nd book! How come no one ever visits MD? Annapolis is amazing! We'll give our review when finished! I'm sure it will be amazing. Friends (and possible distant relatives),
Melissa Dashner Dwyer & S&P

Murray Family said...

LOVED the Scorch Trials, I just finished it today. It's rare that a sequel is as good as, or better than the first! I couldn't put it down. When does the third come out?! I'm already dying, because I need some answers!!

TamiaLynnette said...

How about a stop in Ontario??

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I just got done reading your book The Maze Runner, and I love it! It's perfect! Yeah I really enjoyed it.