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The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) Paperback – March 1, 2005
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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.
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.
The book had an everyday element to it, so it wasn't just being midnight all of the time.Read more ›
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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The book Midnighters, by Scott Westerfeld, is a book full of suspense, puzzles, and survival… In the book there are 4 main characters who live through another hour of the day. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Sharp
This book was mind blowing amazing!!!!
Just the description of the book has me hooked!! As i started to read it, it was very entertaining!! Read more
One of the best series ive ever read and I know its hard to take that as it is, but it truly is amazing, I don't normally review things on here but this is one of those books that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Derek Wayne Lynn Williams
Interesting story. It was very easy to read. Now, I'm gonna have to read the next book in the seriesPublished 8 months ago by MelonKelly
This is a well-written book that keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the end. And then, leaves you wanting to start the next book immediately.Published 8 months ago by W Palmer
Well written, great concept. Westerfeld gets a big thumbs up for creating believable teen characters with depth and range. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leila
Scott Westerfeld is an amazing writer/author for both adults and teens.Published 11 months ago by Piper Lee