“Midnighters: The Secret Hour”
Author: Scott Westerfeld
First book of a trilogy: The other two books are “Touching Darkness” and “Blue Noon”
Where I got it: Borrowed from local library
First lines: The halls of Bixby High School were always hideously bright on the first day of school. Fluoorescent lgihts buzzed overhead, their white honeycombed plastic shields newly cleaned of dead insect shapes. The freshly shiend floors dazzled, glinting in the hard September sunlight that streamed in through the school’s open front doors.
Memorable quote: Apparently textbooks were an endangered species here in Bixby, Oklahoma.
Jessica Day is the new girl at Bixby High. To the local students she’s something of a celebrity, a girl who has seen the world and knows more than they ever possibly could. She immediately gains popularity, something she never expected when making the move from Chicago.
She also didn’t expect the strange dreams…
Jessica dreams of a secret hour that starts at midnight, that no one else can see but herself. The world is frozen around her while only she is able to freely move about.
Jessica soon finds other people like herself-Midnighters, as they call themselves. They quickly convince her that this is not some dream-the secret hour is real. They all have special abilities, and Jessica apparently has a very special talent. The secret hour is not all fun and games-there are dark, ancient creatures that lurk in the shadows of the midnight moon, stalking Jessica and planning their attack. They have sensed that there is something special about her.
Jessica and her friends need to figure out her gifts before it’s too late. Will they survive the Secret Hour?
I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. A few of my friends are avid readers and told me how much they enjoyed it. I have to say, the idea of it was fantastic. Yet at some points I was confused and wondering what had happened because nothing is ever explained in paragraph after paragraph of background information-you learn about the Midnighters world as Jessica does. A nice concept but, come to think of it, some events that occured during the story weren’t even explained by the end. Perhaps it will show up in one of the two remaining books? I don’t think so, but I hope my questions do get answered.
The plot was weird at some points. All of this suspense and intensity would build up, only to fade away into nothing. The relationships between a few of the characters were odd, but I liked the characters themselves. Each had their own flaws-no one was portrayed as the ‘perfect’ Midnighter. I particularly liked how numbers had to do with everything in the book-it was all connected. The names of the weapons were the best.
Altogether, I say it was worth reading. Toward the end it started to pick up a little and I couldn’t wait to see what happened. That pretty much made up for everything else. I’ll definitely be reading the next two books-stay tuned in the next few weeks for the reviews.
This book gets 4/5 stars.