Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pages [paperback]: 378
Opening Lines: Bixby High’s late bell shrieked in the distance, like something wounded and ready to be cut from the herd. Rex Greene was always late these days, stumbling in confusion from one class to another, late with his father’s pills or forgetting them altogether.
Memorable Quote: Dess shook her head. “Before he walked off, Rex said for you to wait. He said it’s totally important you don’t touch Angie until he comes back. and he said that if you were a pain about it, I get to hit you with that.” She pointed to where the darkling had flung Flabbergasted Supernumerary Mathematician, its tip blackened by ichor and fire. “So, go ahead.”
Favorite Character: Dess
The secret hour is when time freezes arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It’s a dangerous time, when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows, but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable.
Until suddenly, the blue time comes . . . in the middle of the day.
The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair, teachers brought to a standstill. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour.
The Midnighters can’t understand what’s happening, but as they scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will have a chance to feed after centuries of waiting, unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them.
I love the Midnighters series and Scott Westerfeld’s writing in general. I’ve been looking forward to the conclusion of the trilogy and wasn’t disappointed. The entire novel was action-packed, filled with witty little lines, and darkling infested.
I love how the change in Rex is portrayed and Melissa’s change, too. Dess is her usual awesome self, and Jonathan and Jessica are as close as ever. Beth, Jessica’s little sister, was starting to get on my nerves a bit, but that’s what younger siblings do in general, so Mr. Westerfeld captured that perfectly.
The world of midnight as readers knew it up until this moment was twisted and warped in this novel in a great new way. I think that everyone should give this series at least a chance, even if it’s not what you’d usually go for.
I give ‘Blue Noon’ 4/5 stars.