The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour by Scott WesterfeldThe Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) by Scott Westerfeld
Published: HarperTeen (2005), Paperback, 304pg
Source: Bought
Genres: Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror
Reading Level: Young Adult

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves except dark creatures that haunt the shadows and the few people who are free to move at midnight, Midnighters. Their different powers strongest at midnight are: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. All changes when Jessica Day comes to Bixby High with a hidden power.

Continuing on through Scott Westerfeld’s bibliography, this is the first book of a trilogy. I ended up really liking it!

This was a quick, fast-paced read, which was nevertheless chock full of interesting characters and mysterious paranormal events. A lot is introduced in such a small amount of pages, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed or confused. I liked most of the characters, especially Rex (though that may be because he’s the nerdy bookish character with thick glasses. Hello!), and the fight scenes were exciting while still maintaining that “omg I don’t know what to do!” teenage confusion thing that one expect when reading books with teenage characters. There was even a little romance, and that was nice, too.

It’s got cliches abound, of course. A new person comes to town and she’s the super-special special person that saves everyone? Yeah, been done before. But I didn’t mind (after a while, at least) because Jessica is rather likable, even if she is anal about not being late. All the teenagers seemed like actual teenagers, albeit teenagers with special powers. They’re jealous and insecure and angry and it all really works! I think it might work even better than in Uglies and Peeps.

I liked the ending, too. it had enough closure to keep me happy until I can get to the next book, but it leaves enough fun stuff open to make me want to actually read that next book. I definitely look forward to getting the next two books.

Read: January 2009

Other reviews: The Book Geek | The Holly and the Ivy

7 thoughts on “The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld”

  1. I really ended up liking these books too! Though some of the plot turns were predictable, as you said, I still found all of the characters fun and diffrent. Some authors seem to get stuck in a rut when it comes to differintiating their characters but Westerfield seems to know what he’s doing. I was particularly fond of Peeps though; finally a new take on the vampire speel.

  2. I enjoyed the Midnighters series, too. I finished all 3 books in about a week. The characters are believable and the storyline moves along at a good pace. Check out my review! I have not read Peeps or Uglies yet, so I still need to check them out.

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