Series Highlight - Midnighters

The Books

Title: The Secret Hour
Book #: 1
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Release Date: February 19th 2004
Pages: 297
Publisher: Eos

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Nobody is safe in the secret hour.
Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.
Time freezes.
Nobody moves.
For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.
These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.
Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it.

Title: Touching Darkness
Book #: 2
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Release Date: March 1st 2005
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harper Teen

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Bixby, Oklahoma, is full of secrets.some come out at midnight.some should stay hidden.
As the Midnighters search for the truth about the secret hour, they uncover terrifying mysteries woven into the very fabric of Bixby's history, and a conspiracy that touches the world of daylight.
 This time Jessica Day is not the only Midnighter in mortal danger, and if the group can't find a way to come together, they could lose one of their own . . . forever.

Title: Blue Noon
Book #: 3
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Release Date: February 6th 2007
Pages: 378
Publisher: Eos

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The darklings will hunt once again.
 The secret hour when time freezes arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It's a dangerous time, when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows, but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable.
 Until suddenly, the blue time comes . . . in the middle of the day.
The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair, teachers brought to a standstill. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour. The Midnighters can't understand what's happening, but as they scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will have a chance to feed after centuries of waiting, unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them.

The Author

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Scott Westerfeld is an author best known for his young adult trilogy, The Uglies. He was born in Texas and spends most of his time in New York and Australia.
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My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this series from start to finish, my only complaint would be that there should be more books! I even remember back when I read them, that I didn't want to read the final book because I didn't want to finish the series.

These books are a very easy ready and extremely hard to put down. I was completely submerged in the story and it never actually let me down in any circumstance, and this is very rare in the books I read.

From these three books my favorites are probably the first and the last. The first because it's the beginning and you get the oportunity to know the characters and bond with them and the last mostly because it's so filled with tension and I was always excited to know what was going to happen next.
I must admit that when I bought these books I didn't know what to expect, I actually didn't even know what they were about since the description was so vague in the backcover. But I got a special deal and bought the entire trilogy for a low price so I brought them home and after a while I started reading them.

The main characters are incredibly interesting since they all have very particular personalities and powers. It was very amusing to see how they changed and grew over time and how they managed to deal with eachother even when they didn't share the same opinions. If I had to choose a character it would be Des since she was the one who had a special understanding of numbers and also because she was the loner.
Jessica was also a very interesting character since she was the one who didn't know what was happening and had to learn how to deal with her life changing all of a sudden.

On top of having superpowers, this book also presents us with fantastic monsters that you could not make up even in your wildest dreams.

If you like young adult mixed with paranormal stuff you should most definitely read these series.

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