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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.


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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.

30 review for The Secret Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This is the best book by him!!! (even though i have only read this book by him!!!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    Just finished this trilogy and I really liked it. It's premise is that there are actually 25 hours in each day but only those born on the stroke of midnight can live in that secret hour. To everyone else it passes in an instant. Those who live in that hour are born with special abilities to help combat the various nasties who also live there. Fun read. If it was a movie it would be PG-13 for language. No "F" word, no sex but more swearing than I would prefer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    What a cool concept! For one secret extra hour each night, a small group of teenagers is able to move about freely--even though the rest of the town around them is frozen in time. What's going on? Why is the town like this? What do the evil darklings want with Jessica Day, the new girl in town? I really enjoyed this book. The idea is incredibly intriguing, and I liked the descriptions of focus/out of focus, the kids' purple eyes, the wondrous flying, the injections of humor, and the beautiful nig What a cool concept! For one secret extra hour each night, a small group of teenagers is able to move about freely--even though the rest of the town around them is frozen in time. What's going on? Why is the town like this? What do the evil darklings want with Jessica Day, the new girl in town? I really enjoyed this book. The idea is incredibly intriguing, and I liked the descriptions of focus/out of focus, the kids' purple eyes, the wondrous flying, the injections of humor, and the beautiful night when Jess sees the frozen world for the first time, with the air filled with suspended raindrops. The author does a great job of gradually weaving the story together (though much of the book is spent on setting up the concept), and it'll be interesting to what everyone's motivations are and how certain powers will be utilized. A couple of quibbles: while I like all the characters so far and don't really mind the multiple narrators, I think reducing the number of POVs would have made the narrative stronger. In such a short novel it's already hard to get to know the numerous characters, so spending more time with just a couple of them might've tightened things up a bit. Since Rex is turning out to be a mysterious figure and it seems that Jess is actually more of the central character, I would also have flip-flopped the POVs for Chapters 1 and 2 so the book starts off from her perspective. Could be the author had a reason for doing this (deliberate misguidance, perhaps), but if so I think more time with Rex would have made this stronger. I also have to mention that the town's name gets used...a lot. I noticed this happening so many times within the first 7 pages that I decided to keep a tally as I was reading. The grand total in 274 pages? 18 mentions of name Bixby High and 95 mentions of Bixby itself. This was so unnecessary (at page 194, do you really need to explain that the sheriff you're referring to is the one "here in Bixby?") and intrusive, and I'm surprised that an editor didn't catch this repetition throughout the book. Still, the little things I'd fix are minor and my enjoyment was huge. The story set-up reminded me a lot of William Sleator's young adult sci-fi in a very good way, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing where the story goes in the next installment of the series. Splendiferous!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    "The Secret Hour", the first book of the Midnighters series, is about Jessica Day who just moved to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Of course she has to worry about the average teenager things - fitting in and making new friends, adjusting to the atmosphere of the place, and even avoiding some new gossip. However, things get even more difficult when she realizes that every day actually has 25 hours, not 24. The secret 25th hour takes place at the stroke of midnight, and for an extra hour only "The Secret Hour", the first book of the Midnighters series, is about Jessica Day who just moved to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Of course she has to worry about the average teenager things - fitting in and making new friends, adjusting to the atmosphere of the place, and even avoiding some new gossip. However, things get even more difficult when she realizes that every day actually has 25 hours, not 24. The secret 25th hour takes place at the stroke of midnight, and for an extra hour only she and four other teens in Bixby can move freely and use special powers without the disruption of others - because they are all frozen in space and time. It's not all fun and games in the Secret Hour though because there are these disgusting, vile creatures called Darklings - monsters that thrive in the secret hour. Usually they don't bother the humans that can roam in the night, but recently they've been growing restless... ever since Jessica's arrival. Could she have triggered something in the darklings? Or is it that she posesses an ability that they fear of, so their only option is to destroy her? Hmmm this was a good book. I was expecting somewhat a lot because I read Westerfeld's other series the "Ugly" series, which was totally amazing. I liked a lot of things in "The Secret Hour" too, though. The characters, although at times just a little stereotyped, were pretty unique and just your average dysfunctional 'teenagers'. The plot was pretty interesting, it totally reminded me of the heartless in "Kingdom Hearts". Besides the character's individual power the thing that interested me the group was their interactions with one another - the conflicts they went through were interesting and I really want to check out the next book to see how the group dynamic goes. A few reasons why this book got four stars instead of five include... well first off at some moments the author forces the "teenage" dialogue too far, it seemed forced a few times. Also at some points the plot slowed down or sped up seemingly randomly - it lacked the really smooth storytelling I saw in "Uglies". However, I'm definetly going to check out the second book in the series because I still cannot wait to see what happens next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brigid ✩

    I LOVE this series. Although the Uglies/Pretties/Specials/Extras series is more popular, I actually like this series better. It's about five teenagers who are the only people that can move during "the secret hour", when everything else in their town freezes at midnight. Although a bit weird, the story is very exciting and the characters are well-developed. Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors, and these books did not disappoint me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kezzy Sparks

    I got so disappointed by this novel and will not be continuing with the series. Scott Westerfeld is an acclaimed best-selling writer, but for him to produce something so middling, I totally couldn't wrap my mind around it. The M/C, Jessica, is only mildly interesting at the beginning but then falls flat in the middle and then it's all just downhill from there. A little spark occurs toward the end but it's too late to save anything. This series is not for me, sorry.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Well, the description on the back was far more intriguing than the actual story inside. I was left pretty unimpressed by the story and the characters. It was not awful and it was easy to read and a nice original idea but it was missing the kind of spark that takes a book from 'okay' to 'compelling' for me. It mostly just lacked any sort of focused. The story just felt very jumpy and bitty to me. It was also packed full of YA clichés such as the-new-interesting-girl-moving-to-the-tiny-high school Well, the description on the back was far more intriguing than the actual story inside. I was left pretty unimpressed by the story and the characters. It was not awful and it was easy to read and a nice original idea but it was missing the kind of spark that takes a book from 'okay' to 'compelling' for me. It mostly just lacked any sort of focused. The story just felt very jumpy and bitty to me. It was also packed full of YA clichés such as the-new-interesting-girl-moving-to-the-tiny-high school but it was easy enough to ignore those. I'm not completely turned off the series and will definitely have a read of the second book as I think the story definitely has potential, especially now that it's (hopefully) moving away from the mundane descriptions of every action taking place inside the school.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Some of the kids here, especially girls, having been reading this Midnighters series. Not bad for kiddie fantasy, but not much meat. A bit Twilight-ish. Good for me to know what the kids are reading and be able to talk about it, but not something I'd recommend to adults unless you're looking for some reluctant reader material or another fantasy series for those who have gone through everything else you can think of.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Camden Johnson

    DNF at around 20%. I really tried to like this book because the plot was very interesting to me. The plot follows around this new girl who discovers that at midnight, the world seems to freeze for an hour. Unbeknownst to the new girl, there are a group of kids that are just like her called the "midnighters." This book was very very dated and you could tell which is what made it so hard to enjoy. The characters were just cliches and had no substance to them. I really hoped to like this one better DNF at around 20%. I really tried to like this book because the plot was very interesting to me. The plot follows around this new girl who discovers that at midnight, the world seems to freeze for an hour. Unbeknownst to the new girl, there are a group of kids that are just like her called the "midnighters." This book was very very dated and you could tell which is what made it so hard to enjoy. The characters were just cliches and had no substance to them. I really hoped to like this one better because it was given to me as a gift but sadly it did not work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This book was a bit odd to me, different for sure. I would say what teenager wouldn't love this concept: for an hour every day teenagers can move around in secret. While they get "an extra hour" of time, the rest of the town is frozen in the moment just like a photo. It is fun to ponder what you might do if you were one of the chosen ones to have an extra hour in the day to roam about. But I think one of the things I liked most about this book were the descriptive details and also the humor writ This book was a bit odd to me, different for sure. I would say what teenager wouldn't love this concept: for an hour every day teenagers can move around in secret. While they get "an extra hour" of time, the rest of the town is frozen in the moment just like a photo. It is fun to ponder what you might do if you were one of the chosen ones to have an extra hour in the day to roam about. But I think one of the things I liked most about this book were the descriptive details and also the humor written into the book. I thought the characters were likable enough, but I didn't feel emotionally invested in them. I also thought that there was quite a bit of repetition in the use of some words, which for me was a bit annoying. But all in all I thought it was a decent start to a series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I've got to give props to Westerfeld, this was definitely an original idea. A hidden hour that lies directly at midnight that only a few can see. Can you just imagine? The clock strikes midnight and the world around you freezes, but you can still move among it. Really cool. Meet the Midnighters, a group of teens who were born exactly as the clock struck midnight thus allowing them to see the 'blue time' - the space in-between. But it's not all fun and games. Other things lurk in the 'blue time' - I've got to give props to Westerfeld, this was definitely an original idea. A hidden hour that lies directly at midnight that only a few can see. Can you just imagine? The clock strikes midnight and the world around you freezes, but you can still move among it. Really cool. Meet the Midnighters, a group of teens who were born exactly as the clock struck midnight thus allowing them to see the 'blue time' - the space in-between. But it's not all fun and games. Other things lurk in the 'blue time' - ancient things. And these ancient things want to get back into the real world. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It's really hard to come across a completely unique story line now with how many YA books are out there, but Westerfeld managed that. I found that I wanted more information though about their history and their purpose (both the kids and the things in the dark). It almost seemed like this book just barely scrapped the surface of the lore. As for the characters themselves, well, they were okay. I really liked Jonathan and didn't understand everyone else's aversion to him. Jessica was a little naive, but I don't know if it was because of her being the new girl or if that's just her, Dess was very juvenile, Rex was ok but seemed a little controlling, and then Melissa I just flat out didn't like. Sorry that your talent kind sucks for you but that doesn't give you the right to treat other people like shit. I would be interested in seeing where this series goes and if the characters mature and plots get flushed out more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Guys, this is now just $.99 for the Kindle version, and it's really good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Morfi

    Jessica is a typical 16-year-old girl, who happens to be born at midnight. This doesn’t mean anything to her until the day she moves with her family to Bixby. Soon she discovers that she and a few others, the Midnighters, are able to live one extra hour every midnight, while everyone else is frozen. This is all fun until she learns that they are not the only ones moving through midnight. Darklings and Slithers are coming after her and she has to be protected. The first book is introducing us to t Jessica is a typical 16-year-old girl, who happens to be born at midnight. This doesn’t mean anything to her until the day she moves with her family to Bixby. Soon she discovers that she and a few others, the Midnighters, are able to live one extra hour every midnight, while everyone else is frozen. This is all fun until she learns that they are not the only ones moving through midnight. Darklings and Slithers are coming after her and she has to be protected. The first book is introducing us to this new midnight world and follows Jessica as she learns about her new powers. With wonderful characters and a thrilling story this book is one of my favourites.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This first book in the Midnighters series was a fun ride. The mythology/world of the midnighters was very different and fascinating. Also, the main character is a redhead named Jessica Day- how could he go wrong?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Jessica Day has just moved to Bixby, Oklahoma from Chicago with her family. Still trying to find her niche in the local highschool, she's noticed by a group of students who are very different from your average teens. Not to mention that her dreams at night are becoming very, very vivid--such as the fact that for one hour at midnight, time seems to literally stand still. Such is the life of the Midnighters, a group of teens who were born at midnight and have the Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Jessica Day has just moved to Bixby, Oklahoma from Chicago with her family. Still trying to find her niche in the local highschool, she's noticed by a group of students who are very different from your average teens. Not to mention that her dreams at night are becoming very, very vivid--such as the fact that for one hour at midnight, time seems to literally stand still. Such is the life of the Midnighters, a group of teens who were born at midnight and have the ability to see the "blue time", the twenty-fifth hour of the day where time stands still for everyone else. Each of the group has a special power, both in and out of the blue time--Rex is a Seer, Dess is a Polymath, Melissa is a Mindcaster, and Jonathan is an Acrobat. Jess is, of course, skeptical at first that time is actually standing still, and that her new rag-tag group of friends has special powers. But soon unmistakeable proof arises that the arrival of Jessica Day in Bixby is causing change--the creatures of the blue time are becoming dangerous and seem to want her dead. Jess needs to find out her own special power before something bad happens to the town and it's midnight inhabitants. As the group struggle to keep the night creatures away, it's up to Jess to discover which power she possesses that's making everyone so nervous. I LOVED this book! A totally original concept, Scott Westerfeld has created a series with truly interesting characters and crystal-clear visualization. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, to see where the Midnighters go from here. Definitely a recommended read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    On her first night in Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen year old Jessica Day learns that for her, time stops for on hour every night at midnight. In what she calls "the secret hour", rain, people, smoke, everything stops as the world is bathed in a blue light and a different moon arcs across the sky. She soon learns that she's not alone in the midnight hour, but shares it with four other teenagers from town as well as shadowy creatures called "darklings." Apparently docile before her arrival, the darklin On her first night in Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen year old Jessica Day learns that for her, time stops for on hour every night at midnight. In what she calls "the secret hour", rain, people, smoke, everything stops as the world is bathed in a blue light and a different moon arcs across the sky. She soon learns that she's not alone in the midnight hour, but shares it with four other teenagers from town as well as shadowy creatures called "darklings." Apparently docile before her arrival, the darklings become increasingly aggressive and seem bent on her destruction. The book is pretty fast-paced and reading of the teenagers' attempts to make sense of their situation kept my interest. Each kid has a special ability that aids them during the secret hour. One of the the girls, Dess, is a "polymath" meaning she is constantly thinking mathmatically which comes in handy as some of the only things that can ward off the darklings are multiples of thirteen....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book made me really glad that I was born at 8 am! I'm not really sure what to say about this book. The premise is that there used to be 25 hours in the day and the 25th hour was removed from normal life by the creatures that make up our nightmares when we started to fight back. Now the creatures are only "alive" during that one lost hour, when everyone else is frozen. But people who were born at midnight are still alive/awake in the hour and can move about. They also have some cool power dur This book made me really glad that I was born at 8 am! I'm not really sure what to say about this book. The premise is that there used to be 25 hours in the day and the 25th hour was removed from normal life by the creatures that make up our nightmares when we started to fight back. Now the creatures are only "alive" during that one lost hour, when everyone else is frozen. But people who were born at midnight are still alive/awake in the hour and can move about. They also have some cool power during that hour, but then there are all the "slithers" and other things that may try to eat you. But the 25th hour only happens at some places around the globe. Really it just gets more confusing from there. I liked the book, it was engaging and a little silly. But when I finished it I wasn't sure if I cared what happens in book 2. So I'm not sure how good it can really be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Unusual names, weird eyes, super powers, teenagers, boring. Too many chapters with differing POV. They're pretty much just Vampires with another name, working on the whole stereotypical idea that all (modern) Vampires wear black, listen to metal, like the dark, etc. The writing wasn't terrible, which is new for a YA book, but still very much generic YA twaddle.

  19. 4 out of 5

    musa b-n

    I remember loving this book Extremely in my youth, and I'm glad that hasn't changed. I still related to each character so vividly, and this was definitely the first book that had a relationship in it where I was like, "Okay, so *this* is romance!" I love love love the worldbuilding, and the magic of it, and the powers of it. I love the interplay of the characters, and I love reading it now and knowing that they become friends. It's a cool book! I'm excited to reread the rest!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    DNF page 123, the story just wasn't grabbing me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    I have had this book for a long time and was excited to finally get to read it. This is the first book in the Midnighters series by Westerfeld and is one of the few Westerfeld series I haven’t read yet. It ended up being an entertaining and creepy story that was well written and easy to read. I liked it better than his Uglies series but not as much as his Leviathan series. Strange things happen in Bixby, Oklahoma when the clock strikes midnight. That is when the 13th hour starts; an hour in which I have had this book for a long time and was excited to finally get to read it. This is the first book in the Midnighters series by Westerfeld and is one of the few Westerfeld series I haven’t read yet. It ended up being an entertaining and creepy story that was well written and easy to read. I liked it better than his Uglies series but not as much as his Leviathan series. Strange things happen in Bixby, Oklahoma when the clock strikes midnight. That is when the 13th hour starts; an hour in which most of the town stops but a select few teens are able to move around and gain special abilities. So far there have always been four midnighters; a Seer, a Polymath, an Arcrobat, and a Mindcaster...that is until Jessica Day moves to Bixby. Jessica seems to have a power that is unknown. Not only is Jessica’s power a mystery but for some reason it is causing the shadow creatures that dwell in the midnight hour to become more and more violent. This book was a quick and easy read and was entertaining. It’s mostly a paranormal story with some mystery and some super-hero like overtones. I really enjoyed the idea of a 13th hour and I absolutely loved how if you give an object a thirteen letter name it can repel the shadow creatures. There are some wonderful scenes in this book, in particular the first night Jessica awakes in the 13th hour and walks into the rain. The whole story has a creepy vibe to it, but never got all that scary. The viewpoint switches between each of the different Midnighters, which worked well for the story. There is some excellent mystery here as the mystery of Jessica’s power is explored. There is also the overall mystery behind why Bixby is like it is and has this strange 13th hour. There is some high school drama in here as well, but it never really overwhelmed the story. The story was well paced and made for a quick read. There are some creative ideas in here and some interesting characters. Things are wrapped up nicely for this first book, but there are unsolved mysteries left for the rest of the series. Overall this was a fun and creepy paranormal read. I enjoyed the crazy 13th hour and the interesting powers our characters have. There was also some good mystery and some awesome supernatural elements to the story. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becca Jane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My friend recommended this Book because I liked the Uglies seires. The author is the same and he has come up with another interesting fantastical idea for a book, or rather books. Jessica, a high school student, has just moved into town and is starting to have some very peculiar dreams. She is confronted by some students at school and they seem to know all about her dreams. She learns that she is what they call a Midnighter. A normal person will experience 24 hours in any given day, but for thos My friend recommended this Book because I liked the Uglies seires. The author is the same and he has come up with another interesting fantastical idea for a book, or rather books. Jessica, a high school student, has just moved into town and is starting to have some very peculiar dreams. She is confronted by some students at school and they seem to know all about her dreams. She learns that she is what they call a Midnighter. A normal person will experience 24 hours in any given day, but for those who were born between 11:59 PM and 12:01 AM, they experience a 25th hour where everyone else is frozen in time. These Midnighters all have special abilities that help them navigate in this 25th hour. It is exciting but also dangerous. Until Jessica came to town the other Midnighters have managed to stay some what safe. But suddenly the 25th hour has become exteemly not so safe. Jessica is unsure what her ability is and until she finds out, the others are all trying to keep her alive. I can't wait to start the next one! Luff, Becca Jane

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wart Hill

    I was kind of afraid that, upon rereading, I would find I did not love this as much as I did the first time I read it, however long ago that was. Instead, it is just as wonderful as I remember. First of all, the characters. All of them are so unique and I love it. I love their different personalities and how they meld and clash - especially Jonathan and Rex. And Melissa. Oh, Melissa. She's so terrifying and tragic. And Dess wins the awesome award. And I love Jessica working hard to figure out wtf I was kind of afraid that, upon rereading, I would find I did not love this as much as I did the first time I read it, however long ago that was. Instead, it is just as wonderful as I remember. First of all, the characters. All of them are so unique and I love it. I love their different personalities and how they meld and clash - especially Jonathan and Rex. And Melissa. Oh, Melissa. She's so terrifying and tragic. And Dess wins the awesome award. And I love Jessica working hard to figure out wtf is going on. Then there's the mythology/lore. So cool. I love the idea of these super terrifying predators who were surprised to find themselves retreating from former prey because of advancements in technology. And the whole concept of an extra hour that only a select few can experience? Way cool. And the talents! Oh the talents! I think I'd want to be a seer. Because books. Acrobat would be cool, too. Definitely don't want to be a mindcaster. Poor Melissa. I love these books. Can't wait to reread the others.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    An early Westerfeld. And a bit lame. Good to know that he got better. This one made Zeroes seem virtually plagiaristic, but that one is better executed. In this one the characters feel kind of lifeless and the world arbitrary. The ideas are interesting but not detailed enough. But otherwise its basically a superhero book but just not labeled as such. Details would have been better - of the individuals, of the lore. I'll still read the sequel, but I was hoping for more. 2.5 of 5. An early Westerfeld. And a bit lame. Good to know that he got better. This one made Zeroes seem virtually plagiaristic, but that one is better executed. In this one the characters feel kind of lifeless and the world arbitrary. The ideas are interesting but not detailed enough. But otherwise its basically a superhero book but just not labeled as such. Details would have been better - of the individuals, of the lore. I'll still read the sequel, but I was hoping for more. 2.5 of 5.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱

    Here's the review I wrote for my school newspaper! When Jessica Day moves from Chicago to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma, she’s expecting a change. But she never could’ve imagine a world like the one she finds herself in. because, in Bixby, there are 25 hours in the day. But normal humans don’t know of the secret hour- they simply freeze for one hour at midnight. Every night. They cannot tell that an hour has passed for the special few who can live in the extra hour. There people were born exa Here's the review I wrote for my school newspaper! When Jessica Day moves from Chicago to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma, she’s expecting a change. But she never could’ve imagine a world like the one she finds herself in. because, in Bixby, there are 25 hours in the day. But normal humans don’t know of the secret hour- they simply freeze for one hour at midnight. Every night. They cannot tell that an hour has passed for the special few who can live in the extra hour. There people were born exactly at midnight, allowing them inside this extra hour- one that was originally created to hold the monsters of olden times. Jessica soon realizes she is one of the few who can live in the secret hour, and soon finds a unique cast of other teens like her. They all seem to have a special power, like flight, or mindreading. But as great as it is to have an extra hour in the day, the monsters that inhabit the secret hour have it out for Jessica. Why? What’s Jessica’s power? Why was the secret hour created in the first place? Follow this intriguing tale to find out. As unbelievable as this storyline seems, I was so captured by the realistic storytelling that I wanted to find where Bixby Oklahoma was and go there. (and it does exist!) Part of what made it so believable was the characters. They were real people, with good and bad sides, and you really want to help them with their mission. This novel has some of the best writing I’ve seen, the perfect amount of descriptive language to give you a clear picture, but not so much that you get bored. The characters’ powers were so well described; I thought I was in their head. The story took my breath away, but it didn’t knock me down, so it will receive a four-star rating. It also felt a little dated as computers were not commonplace, and cell phones nonexistent. I highly recommend this book to any fans of the paranormal. Here's my review: Wow. Scott Westerfel: YOU DA MAN!! I don't know why I gave it four stars. But I did. Sorry. Why is Mr. Westerfeld the only decent writer these days? The writing was MORE than fantastic. The characters were so believeable! The world building was so perfect! Everything was brilliant I got the next one already!! This isn't my type of book. But it doesn't mean that I didn't REALLY LIKE IT. Because thats what four stars means. I really liked it. The characters..........dont even get me started. Bixby oklahoma watch out, here I come! EDIT: I read my global textbook just to look for 13 letter words!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Deteriorating Mediterranean Supplementary Etc, etc, etc I found like 50!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I have to admit, lately my forays into the YA world have not really panned out, so I started this book with no small amount of trepidation. Now that I have finished, I truly regret not buying the whole trilogy at once! While the main plot definitely tied up nicely, there is enough of a cliffhanger that I can't wait to start the sequel! I loved the premise of a secret 25th hour in the day - I know there are definitely days when I have wished for just a little more time in the day (or even just an I have to admit, lately my forays into the YA world have not really panned out, so I started this book with no small amount of trepidation. Now that I have finished, I truly regret not buying the whole trilogy at once! While the main plot definitely tied up nicely, there is enough of a cliffhanger that I can't wait to start the sequel! I loved the premise of a secret 25th hour in the day - I know there are definitely days when I have wished for just a little more time in the day (or even just an extra hour's worth of sleep), and who hasn't wished for superpowers, too? In Bixby, OK a select group of high schoolers experience just that, every single day. Westerfield combines these wishes into a wonderful blend of fantasy novel, suspenseful scares (these high schoolers aren't the only ones who get to enjoy this mystical hour) and familiar growing-up woes (curfews, moving to a new town) all mesh into a completely creative new whole. With the magic of thirteen, the author peppers the book with thirteen-letter words, offering a richer vocabulary to his readers than many novels targeted towards adult audiences. It was also completely age appropriate and a total page-turner. I really enjoyed it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Jessica Day recently just moved into a new town, Bixby in Oklahoma. Jessica struggles to fit into her new school, however, as she continues to adapt and get use to her school enviroment, she comes across other kids who are "different" from the rest. Moreover, While trying to fit into her new school, she encounters several others who're different from the rest of the students. Jessica later learns that she's different too when she experiences the "25th hour". After waking up at midnight, she foun Jessica Day recently just moved into a new town, Bixby in Oklahoma. Jessica struggles to fit into her new school, however, as she continues to adapt and get use to her school enviroment, she comes across other kids who are "different" from the rest. Moreover, While trying to fit into her new school, she encounters several others who're different from the rest of the students. Jessica later learns that she's different too when she experiences the "25th hour". After waking up at midnight, she found out that time freezes for an hour, only she and the other "different" kids can move--the midnighters. A coming of age, self discovery and acceptance of one's identity story rises the conflict between the protagonist and her society, and the conflict with her inner self. All in all, I found the story's plot very interesting because readers can relate to the theme of self discovery so well because that is a conflict every individual comes across in life. Although we can't necessarily have the ability and personal experience to relate to the magical world that the protagonist lives in, we are able to holistically relate to the universal theme--finding yourself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)

    There are good and bad things about this book (and the other 2). I'll start with the positives: The different perspectives are interesting and helpful with character development. Like those. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful...and overall pretty good. HOWEVER: I dislike most of the characters- they can be very annoying at times, especially Jessica- though she does get better as the series continues. The only character I ACTUALLY liked (WARNING: SPOLIERS) gets twisted by the darklings...hmmm... There are good and bad things about this book (and the other 2). I'll start with the positives: The different perspectives are interesting and helpful with character development. Like those. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful...and overall pretty good. HOWEVER: I dislike most of the characters- they can be very annoying at times, especially Jessica- though she does get better as the series continues. The only character I ACTUALLY liked (WARNING: SPOLIERS) gets twisted by the darklings...hmmm...but I still love Rex anyway. My main issue is this: The main characters don't like eachother. Okay, there's Jess and Jonathan and Rex and Melissa, then there's Dess. I feel like the story would have had a greater impact if the characters actually CARED about eachother. Maybe that seems silly, but I would have felt more emotionally connected to the story if the characters liked eachother a bit more. It seems as if they go around saving eachother simply because they think it's what they SHOULD do... Out of the three books, this one is my least favorite, and the most boring--especially with the extra dosage of Jessica.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Edwards

    What if, for one hour a day, the entire world was frozen in motion - except for you? Oh, and a whole slew of terrifying creatures?? This is what Jessica Day finds out soon after moving to Bixby, Oklahoma. What she thought were terrifyingly real "dreams" make her suddenly very eager to become friends with the other kids at her new school that seem a little...off. It's a slap-bang premise, I have to admit. To have this space in time where all bets are off, where an ancient and frea-kay set of rules What if, for one hour a day, the entire world was frozen in motion - except for you? Oh, and a whole slew of terrifying creatures?? This is what Jessica Day finds out soon after moving to Bixby, Oklahoma. What she thought were terrifyingly real "dreams" make her suddenly very eager to become friends with the other kids at her new school that seem a little...off. It's a slap-bang premise, I have to admit. To have this space in time where all bets are off, where an ancient and frea-kay set of rules suddenly apply and you get to be a part of it - that's just one great piece of imagination. I think Westerfeld nearly completely pulls it off. His characters are intense - although Jessica seems a bit "blah" compared to everyone else, but I can see how he's just getting her set-up to become who she truly is in the next two books. My only complaint? He gets cheesy at the climax, darn him! It really was a great ride to the climax and while I believed it and I can see the potential, the dialogue cheesed out on me. I'm going to forgive it, though, because it really did keep my attention until I finished. I think I need to find out how this all turns out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Synopsis: Jessica Day moves to Bixby, Oklahoma where time freezes at midnight for those who were born during the "Midnight hour". Only Midnighters can see the secret hour. Each of the Midnighters has certain powers; Rex is a Seer, Melissa is a Mindcaster aka psychic, Jonathan is an Acrobat and can fly, and Dess is a Polymath who is a wizard with math and equations. Jess has no idea what her powers are but the darklings that hunt the secret hour want her dead because of it. She is also not like t Synopsis: Jessica Day moves to Bixby, Oklahoma where time freezes at midnight for those who were born during the "Midnight hour". Only Midnighters can see the secret hour. Each of the Midnighters has certain powers; Rex is a Seer, Melissa is a Mindcaster aka psychic, Jonathan is an Acrobat and can fly, and Dess is a Polymath who is a wizard with math and equations. Jess has no idea what her powers are but the darklings that hunt the secret hour want her dead because of it. She is also not like the others in that daylight doesn't affect her. The others wear dark glasses during the day, and have no trouble at night. Jess and her new friends try to find Jess's power before the darklings destroy her. After reading the disappointing Uglies series, one of the few I guess who didn't like the series, this book actually captured my attention, and kept it for the entire book. The five main characters were actually well written, and mostly likelable. I haven't read the next two in the series yet, but will.

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