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