From my bedside pile, I’ve been reading for a few minutes before I go to sleep. It has made going to sleep so much easier, so mind clearing, so becoming involved in a story a night.
I loved Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Trilogy, and think it should be made into a film. There’s so much to think about in those books, and there is plenty of action.
The Midnighters: Secret Hour takes place in an odd sliver of time just at midnight. Some teens in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma, are able to enter that secret hour of the day when everything else in the world is frozen in the moments before midnight. They travel freely through the town, and have some useful talents that are even more useful in that bit of time out of time.
Rex is able to find and interpret Lore about the Secret Hour and the dark creatures who live in it. Melissa can read minds and feelings and is bombarded with them anytime she’s around people, except in the quieter Secret Hour. Dess is a mathematical genius, and can shape metals into weapons that hold the creatures of the Secret Hour at bay. Jonathan is able to fly through an ability to alter gravity. New to the group is Jess, who has just come to Bixby from Chicago. All of the Midnighters know she is one of them, but her talents are unknown.
Jess has the creatures of the Secret Hour scared, and they attack her soon after she settles in. She experiences the midnight hour first alone, then with the other talents in the group.
Perfect reading at the actual hour of midnight and after (when I’m often reading). I’m checking my shelves, very disorganized though they are, sadly, for the next two volumes Touching Darkness and Blue Noon.
In the meantime I’ve started Garth Nix’s Mister Monday, first book in the Keys to The Kingdom series.