Monday, March 25, 2013

The Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1)I reread this book, the first in a series, and gave it a rating of four out of five. Jessica moves to Bixby, Oklahoma, and she soon discovers that strange things are happening. There are the strange kids at school who keep staring at her. Then, it's her weird dreams at midnight. Are they really dreams? How can she run through raindrops, frozen in the air, but how can she explain her wet clothes in the morning if it didn't actually happen? What about the slithery snakes, the flying creatures, and the giant cat that almost killed her? Rex, Dess, and Melissa try to explain the 25th hour of the day to Jessica, when only Midnighters and Darklings roam the Earth. The Midnighters realize that there is something different about Jessica; she possesses a hidden talent that scares the Darklings. And the Midnighters must go to the center of Darkling territory to unlock that secret!

The plot was entertaining, and the setting was creative. I mean, a 25th hour of the day that know of us are aware of? The fact that the Midnighters had exactly one hour to move around freely added some suspense, since they were sometimes caught far away from where they were at the start of the midnight hour. People would notice something was strange if the Midnighters were ever seen when the hour expired. They would appear out of nowhere when the regular people unfroze.

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