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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour [Kindle Edition]

Scott Westerfeld
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen, except for her and a few others who call themselves 'midnighters'. Dark things haunt this midnight hour – dark things with a mysterious interest in Jessica. The question is ?hy;

The Secret Hour is a compelling tale of dark secrets, midnight romance, eerie creatures, courage, destiny, and unexpected peril.



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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10–Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
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'Kept me reading way past midnight!' Garth Nix 'Fast-paced and spooky - a good read for the dark hours' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Intriguing and provocative. The sequels will be worth waiting for.' Locus

Product Details

  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060519533
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BXH63S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Culture Shock With a Difference March 29, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Jessica has just moved to the small town of Bixby after living in Chicago. But other than size, temperature, and scenery, she also discovers something else very different about the town. Every day at midnight the rest of the world freezes but she, and several other kids, get an extra hour. Unfortunately other, older and scarier, things also inhabit this time.

Jessica meets the other kids; Midnighters as they call themselves. Each has a special talent related to the secret hour. Jessica must have a talent but hers is not obvious. Nor is Jessica sensitive to light in the same way as the others. To make matters worse, the dark things seem to want her dead. She must be a threat to them so it becomes important to figure out just what her special talent is and it could be dangerous.

This is a very nice start to a series. I don't know how long they plan to go with this but it is off to a fast start. Only one part bothered me. Midnight is the true midnight, not one artificially created by time-zones, daylight savings, or other man-made definitions. That is fine. But apparently the arbitrary man-made definitions of latitude and longitude do have an effect. I found that to be inconsistent. Otherwise, the book was quite good and really kept me guessing. There is still plenty to learn about the secret hour and I look forward to the next volume.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting November 1, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I picked up this book as an advanced copy(I work at a bookstore), and thought it seemed kind of interesting, but it took me about 4-5 months after I had it to pick it up. As soon as I picked it up though I could not put it down. I read it in 2 nights and could not fall asleep easily either of those nights. It is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat, or in some cases bed. Learning what Jessica's power is, and the evil that all the other midnighters have to face is amazing. This is a book that not to many people have read I believe and it should be up there(as well as Westerfeld's other series Uglies/Pretties/Specials), with the Artemis Fowl series and the Series of Unfortunate Events as it is as good as if not better than those other two.

This was a great book, as is the second book, learning how words can empower metal objects in this 25th hour where no one else put the ancient evil's and these few people who were all born at the stroke of midnight have to cope with each other, and how the evils fear the power the Jessica has which is devastating to their livelyhood. You HAVE to read this book, and the whole series.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Midnighters May 17, 2007
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Being born at midnight changed the rest of her life more than she could've ever imagined. Jessica Day, who recently moved to Bixby, Oklahoma, started having weird "dreams" when she came. Her first one happened when she woke up at the stroke of midnight and everything was frozen still. She ventures outside and the raindrops looked like diamonds in the sky until she touched it and they fell. She felt as if this experience was magical, but didn't know whether it was a dream or reality. The thing that let her know it was real was when she woke up and her sweatshirt that she had been wearing was soaking wet. The next day at school she found out that there were three others in her school that had this power to: Rex, Dess, and Melissa. And they had found out that she had because they had felt someone else while they were venturing around. They called themselves the midnighters. The time that took place during midnight was called blue time and it was an hour long that time was stopped and only people who were born at midnight could experience it. But also in blue time there were things that the midnighters had to overcome such as darklings and slithers. While on a trip in midnight she see's Jonathan, a boy from he school, and he tells her that he is a midnighter too and that the others don't really like him. In the end, they all had to come together and help Jessica find her power, which is something that each of them has, and she finds out that she is the flame bringer and the one who beings new technology to the blue time which scares the slithers and darklings away. I would recommend this book to middle school students who enjoy reading sci-fi genre books with a everyday, relatable, twist to them.

The book had an everyday element to it, so it wasn't just being midnight all of the time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good youth science fiction-fantasy May 23, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was clearly written with the reading teen in mind. The basic plot (not very original) is that there is an extra hour at midnight, in this small town, where only a few teens stay awake. Even the rain stops midair and just freezes until time rolls around again. The new kid in town must learn why she has this ability, too; how to make friends with the other kids; how to get along with her little sister; how to defeat the army of monsters that seems intent on destroying her -- all while keeping up in advaned trig and physics in school. So what is good and original about this? Mr. Westerfeld does an excellent job of laying out the plot, showing character development through dialog and creating a nice end that makes us eager to read the next book in the series. I recommend this book highly, both to young readers, and adults who enjoy keeping up with the youth books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Great series, extremely interesting and looking forward to continuing the series. Very interesting story line, very different from other novels I have read.
Published 24 days ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This book is a riveting contemporary fantasy novel. Set in modern day Bixby, Oklahoma. I felt like I was in on the secret the whole time. Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Westerfeld needs to be introduced to the wonderful world of Google
I picked up this series while I was living in the UK and was missing home (I am from the Tulsa area). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristin A Stahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I loved this book. I recommend this for all ages. Its is so exciting! It makes you think. Like really think. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chloe Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
This book is very interesting and keeps you reading can't wait to read the next book in this series!!! Awesome
Published 2 months ago by KataraLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I find that I became more interested in this series as I actually got further into the story line of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reawakened Journey
4.0 out of 5 stars More research
I really did enjoy this book, and the story in and of itself is great. My biggest problem is that I actually live in Bixby, Oklahoma. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mykkisu Quimby
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book
I read these books because my niece wanted me to read them. I probably would have never read them if she didn't tell me about it. it was fun discussing the story with her.
Published 3 months ago by abc
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
It was quite a surprise since I don't read books that are normally under 300 pages because I haven't ran into many books that are this short but are written well enough to spend my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diamond
4.0 out of 5 stars Please disregard my paranoia and just enjoy the story
Fascinating story concept. Thing is, since I am so used to Westerfeld's stories having some kind of statement on modern culture and social media, I can't help but overthink... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tristan
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Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Leviathan and Midnighters trilogies, and the so-called "NYC Trilogy": So Yesterday, Peeps, and The Last Days. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City. His next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

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