When Jessica Day’s family moves to Bixby, Oklahoma, she didn’t know what to expect. She certainly wasn’t expecting to meet the Midnighters: teens who can see the 25th hour, the secret hour.
Sometimes it can be hard going back and reading a favourite author’s earlier works. After reading the Uglies and Leviathan series, the first book of the Midnighters series leaves something to be desired in comparison.
I found myself confusing characters: Melissa and Dess or Sam and Rex. Different chapters are narrated by different characters, and while I usually don’t have an issue with this, I had a difficult time keeping track of who was who. I managed to get a grip on the characters by the second half of the book, but that is really too long to be scrambling to remember characters. Even now the characters didn’t leave all that big of an impression on me. I know I shouldn’t be expecting another Tally or Deryn, but it’s hard not to compare Jessica, Dess, and Melissa to those super awesome female characters, and sadly there really is no comparison.
The idea itself is cool, I guess. This book is more like an opening chapter. I can feel that there is more excitement to come. The build up is there. I’m hoping the second book will deliver…
Books with similar aspects
Maxium Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
recommended to the younger side of the YA reading spectrum who enjoy large casts of quirky characters
not recommended to anyone looking for a follow up to one of Westerfeld’s big hits: The Uglies series or the Leviathan series.
You’ll have to take my word for it…no one on my goodreads has reviewed it :(