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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour (Midnighters Series) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Westerfeld
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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
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    '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: 1141 KB
    • Print Length: 316 pages
    • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (June 3, 2009)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002BXH63S
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Culture Shock With a Difference March 29, 2005
    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
    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
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a tantalizing mystery May 18, 2004
    "Melissa didn't know exactly what to think of the new girl. Below her shifting emotions was an unexpected flavor, a sharp metal taste, like a coin pressed against the tip of Melissa's tongue. The scent of unbridled energy was everywhere, but maybe that had just been the storm. And of course, someone new was always full of unfamiliar flavors, unexpected faculties. Each of Melissa's friends felt different to her, after all. But Jessica Day felt more than different."
    Jessica thought she was just like any other teenager when her family moved from suburban Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma. She was restless, lonely, dissatisfied and trying to "adjust." Her ambitious mother was distracted with work and her father was a boring stay-at-home dad. But from her first day at Bixby High she sensed that there was something definitely "different" afoot. She knew that she was being seen as more than the new kid in town and that there was something special about her.
    Rex, Melissa, Dess and Jonathan are Midnighters. Each has a special power that helps them through the blue, frozen hour of midnight in Bixby. Rex is the historian, Melissa is highly psychic, Dess is a math genius and Jonathan can defy gravity. Together they help protect the little town from the slithers and darklings who come during the secret hour. Now that they have met Jessica they must figure out why the dark forces are bent on killing her and, in the end, what kind of power this Jessica has.
    Put all these ingredients together, plus a growing romance between Jessica and Jonathan, and you have a fast-paced, creative fantasy as only Scott Westerfeld can write. Picture Buffy meeting superheroes, and you get the idea of the pace and direction of this adventure. Not only would this book translate beautifully into a TV series, it could also succeed, with the right art work, as a graphic novel. Readers will be fully tantalized waiting for the next two installments of this trilogy.
    --- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts (...)
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The Midnighters Series is one of the best I've read by him
    One of the first Series of books By Scott westerfeld I encountered, The Midnighters Series is one of the best I've read by him. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Meghan Dawson
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    Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for teens but I was not too impressed
    Good read for teens but I was not too impressed. I had a hard time connecting with this book. It did not have the "can't put me down" effect that I love so much.
    Published 6 months ago by Leska Sparks
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
    interesting read throughout. loved it.

    refreshing, well written characters and a compelling storyline that kept me hooked. I was drawn in to the blue time
    Published 7 months ago by Nicholas O.
    3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read.
    I wanted a book to fill in some space in my day, and that's what I got. It was an easy enough read. It was overall an original themed plot from what I could tell. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jerry & Leia
    5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!!!
    Absolutely loved it. This trilogy is absolutely my favorite! Ignited the imagination in me. Read it so fast! Has got me wishing I was a Midnighter.
    Published 10 months ago by Savanna Barnes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the few nasty humans helping the creepy crawlies from the...
    This was an interesting idea for a book. Clever to come up with any kid being born at midnight gets to fall into a dead time zone for an hour full of creepy crawlies and everyone... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Really good series!
    Read it four years ago in high school and found my self equally happy re-reading it. A great and fast paced read, I finished it in less than a week but the last two are on their... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Art
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept
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    This is an interesting concept but there is a disconnect between the characters that's not fully explained in this book (but may be in the next). Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Kanaka Review
    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.
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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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