Scott Westerfeld’s Mindnighters series always pops into my brain so even thought it’s a bit of an oldie, I had to review it.
The story takes place in Bixby, Oklahoma, where Jessica Day has just moved with her family. Almost right away, Jessica realizes that her Bixby experience is going to be a little different from most of the other residents’–time freezes after midnight for all but Jessica and a few other teens. This group, called the Midnighters, moves around town as they fight off monsters called Darklings that only exist during this frozen time period. Each Midnighter has their own special power that they use to help combat the Darklings.
The Secret Hour moves at a great pace, neither slow enough to bore me or too quick to make me confused. The characters are also well developed, in part, I’m sure, because there are really very few characters in the story to begin with. Anything I didn’t love about this story is likely to be explained later in the series. For instance, I was a little confused about the back story of Rex’s dad.
The book ends with a bang too. The cliffhanger wasn’t overly dramatic, but certainly whets the appetite for the next novel in the series.
Rating: 5 stars
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.