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Product Details

  • Series: Conquered Earth (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eight years after an alien invasion has taken all of the adults and brought the human race to the brink of destruction, Holt Hawkins is a survivor and bounty hunter. Wandering a world full of lost children, petty rivalries, roving gangs, and the ever-present alien patrols, he prides himself on his calculated loner existence. He crosses paths with Mira, a skilled Freebooter (one who works with artifacts of the Strange Lands to create what seems like magic machines), and Zoey, a mysterious little girl who seems to know an awful lot about the mechanical invaders. Together they navigate wide expanses of a postapocalyptic United States, dodging aliens, gangs, and their own haunted pasts. Comic-book author Barton’s first prose novel offers a bold narrative style, strong characters, and fast-paced action that will appeal to genre fans. Readers may feel disoriented at being dropped into a larger story already in progress, but the cinematic experience is enjoyable enough to convince them to just hold on during the wild ride. Grades 9-12. --Tina Coleman

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"Mitchell’s prose debut, the first in a dystopian sci-fantasy series, is an imaginative mix of danger and humor...The action will keep readers turning the pages."
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“Comic-book author Barton’s first prose novel offers a bold narrative style, strong characters, and fast-paced action that will appeal to genre fans. Readers may feel disoriented at being dropped into a larger story already in progress, but the cinematic experience is enjoyable enough to convince them to just hold on during the wild ride.”
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"Midnight City hooked me right from the moment Holt first tries to capture Mira and takes her prisoner only to realize he's dealing with a girl who's got some serious survival skills. The two characters are complete equals, more than any other fictional co-star team I've read and yet they're enemies. I knew exactly what would happen with Mira and Holt's instant chemistry and yet, I had to read on just to watch this amazing, action packed journey, both emotional and physical, unfold."
—Julie Cross, international bestselling author of Tempest

“I have succumbed to Midnight City!  Just like Holt, who fights to liberate a conquered Earth, I now see that great things can happen.  After all, J. Barton Mitchell wrote this novel.  I have hope of another.  As soon as possible.”
—Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Saga

“When the adults mysteriously disappear, who will save the day after earth is conquered by aliens? In J. Barton Mitchell’s riveting post apocalyptic tale, the kids are the last line of defense. Centered around engaging (and conflicted) characters, Midnight City hurtles you into a story teeming with frightening monsters, bizarre techno-magic and edge-of-your-seat action. “
—Jana Oliver, award-winning author of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter



"Mitchell's prose debut, the first in a dystopian sci-fantasy series, is an imaginative mix of danger and humor...The action will keep readers turning the pages." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Midnight City hooked me right from the moment Holt first tries to capture Mira and takes her prisoner only to realize he's dealing with a girl who's got some serious survival skills. The two characters are complete equals, more than any other fictional co-star team I've read and yet they're enemies. I knew exactly what would happen with Mira and Holt's instant chemistry and yet, I had to read on just to watch this amazing, action packed journey, both emotional and physical, unfold." -- Julie Cross, international bestselling author of Tempest (Julie Cross)

"I have succumbed to Midnight City! Just like Holt, who fights to liberate a conquered Earth, I now see that great things can happen. After all, J. Barton Mitchell wrote this novel. I have hope of another. As soon as possible"- Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Saga (Nancy Holder)

"When the adults mysteriously disappear, who will save the day after earth is conquered by aliens? In J. Barton Mitchell's riveting post apocalyptic tale, the kids are the last line of defense. Centered around engaging (and conflicted) characters, Midnight City hurtles you into a story teeming with frightening monsters, bizarre techno-magic and edge-of-your-seat action. "
--Jana Oliver, award-winning author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Jana Oliver)

More About the Author

J. Barton Mitchell is a writer and creator of speculative fiction, as well as a photographer, traveler, reader, and occasional masked crime fighter. He is the author of the young adult science fiction series Conquered Earth.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chels on February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Alien books aren’t my thing, but Midnight City is definitely an exception. Right from the first page, there was action! You feel pulled in and forget everything around you. Every page was addicting, I never felt bored or skimmed. The characters were very nice to read. All three of the main characters had something to offer, and I wanted to get to know them inside and out. I felt like Mitchell really wanted us to relate to the characters, and it worked on me. These are the type of books I like. When it comes to the romance it isn’t fast, and they aren’t attracted to each other right off the bat. I’m a romance reader; so insta-love is common to me, but when reading the characters I felt like it was a nice break. There’s no sexual tension throughout the book at all; it’s a serious relationship growing like normal. Insta-love isn’t normal… as much as that bothers me (Seriously, I just want a hot guy to fall in love with me at first sight - is that too much to ask?).

The pacing, as I said, was nice and fast. It didn’t get confusing at all; it was written very well. While looking at other Goodreads’ reviews, I have to agree with some of them. The ending felt a little rushed. I had many questions left unanswered, and it bothered me to wait till the next book. I know many authors do this, but it still irritates me. Waiting isn’t my thing. But I need to suck it up and wait for the second; and when it comes out, I’ll try to be the first person to grab that ARC.

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catfish Kozmo VINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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I'm a little bit divided on this one. Midnight City is the tale of the young survivors of an alien invasion that has robbed the Earth of everyone over twenty or twenty one. Holt and his dog Max have been on the run for a while. We're given some hints of some dark past but never the full details of what Holt is trying to escape. Holt actually is a bounty hunter and his on the trail of Mira when an enemy ship crashes right in front of him. Holt runs inside and finds a young girl, Zoey and rescues her. Now, all four of them are on the run through a conquered world and trying to make sense of where to go and what direction is best.

Maybe it's the dark tone of the book. Maybe it's just the writing. Or maybe it's just me. But I thought this novel really dragged in spots. I've read my fair share of destroyed-worlds novels and this one just didn't flow all that well. I think part of the reason that the novel doesn't move along that well is that the author kept introducing new concepts and ideas but never really fleshes them out. Holt has a debt or some secret which is why he's trying to capture Mira but it's not discussed. He's got a tattoo that he hides but we don't know why. Mira has a former friend/boyfriend/acquaintance that we never really find out about. It's like the majority of this book is just to get you to the next one. And I'm trying to decide if there are enough hooks in this book to get me the second. Frankly, I can't decide. I'm curious to see where it goes but with so many topics left open, I think I might be tempted to see what other reviewers say of the next book before I were to pick up this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George R. Johnson VINE VOICE on October 22, 2012
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A fine beginning for a new SF series.

The Assembly had descended on Earth eight years before. A telepathic pulse, called the Tone, sent out took over minds of adults, causing them to march up and into the big alien ships. What they did with those humans were unknown. Immature minds were unaffected, leaving the world in the hands of children. But as they aged, the Tone began to work on them Few lasted beyond twenty.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter and he's different . He's one of the Heedless, those that the Tone has no effect on. Mira Toombs id his current prey, the bounty on her from Midnight City large enough to buy him out of his troubles.

As he captures her something strange happens. Two Assembly ships, red, were attacking one of blue and white, the faction he was used to seeing. The blue and white ship is shot down, crashing near them, Holt finds a little girl, Zoey, all of eight, in the ship. She has no idea why she is in the Assembly ship, remembers nothing but her name.

The four of them, along with Holt's dog, Max, begin to wander through alien held North America, trying to avoid the warring factions, a third, green and orange, joing the fight. What the in-fighting was about has to do with Zoey it soon becomes apparent. She has some sort of powers she doesn't even understand. Mind reading it seems is one.

This was a wonderful read and I look forward to more in the Conquered Earth series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This. This. This.
That's all I can really say. I just absolutely ADORED Midnight City and it was a great first alien-invasion book! Because, honestly. Are alien invasions usually interesting? Not to me. They sound to cheesy and cliche. But when I heard about Midnight City? I hesitantly took a chance on it. And oh my goodness! It was just amazing and stunning and nothing like I expected! Just, in a good way of course!

The plot was so the best part of this novel. It was SO action-packed and I just had no idea what Mitchell would throw at me next. And honestly? I wouldn't even try to figure out what was happening next! There's absolutely no way you could get anything right! It was just that filled with twists, and it was just...let's just say it's been a while since I've come across a plot where literally everything was unpredictable (except the romance. Psh.)
It was definitely fast paced and just...wow. By page 1, when the Menagerie finds Holt and they're attacked? WOW. And when he meets Mira? Talk about an impression! Just for the plot, read it. Still not convinced? Read on, thou which is hard to convince.

Romance? Definitely the opposite of insta-love, I squeal to say! It wasn't until about what? Three hundred pages when they finally kissed. Or later. But throughout the entire book, it went from hate, to respect, to allies, to friends, to like, to llooovvveee. And yes, I did just roll the word! It was just so squeal-worthy to see how reluctant they were to admit their feelings. And I just loved their pace! It was more realistic than most Young Adult books (taking up almost the entire book is pretty non instant isn't it?) and it was just...refreshing, for lack of better word!
And Hunter? SWOON is all I can say.
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