by Scott Westerfeld
Book 2 of Midnighters picks up about a week after the ending of
The Secret Hour. The five young "midnighters" of Bixby, Oklahoma, face a new danger
now, a danger that stalks in daylight, rather than the frozen blue hour that opens
up at midnight. They share that hour only with the ancient slithers and darklings of
the empty plains, who cannot come out during normal time. So whoever is plotting to
destroy Jessica Day and her superpowered friends, they have to be human. Humans
working for the darklings, communicating with them who-knows-how.
Jessica, Rex, Melissa, Dess, and Jonathan have enough going on between them to stay
busy. Romance, jealousy, suspicion, dreadful secrets, and family tensions are
constantly pulling them apart. Now someone is manipulating them from outside,
someone other than the bad guys. When Dess meets that certain someone, she ends up
with a bizarre mental block protecting a fifty-year-old pocket of guilt, fear, and
loneliness. Meanwhile, the darklings and their allies have ghastly plans for one of
the young midnighters. And just when they need to pull together to save one of their
own before it's too late, the conflict simmering between them boils over.
Is this a great fantasy for young readers? Definitely. Will it have long-lasting
significance? Yes and no. For along with a spectacularly spooky and original fantasy
world, this trilogy traps a moment - this moment, right now - in clear crystal.
Today's technology, the social jungle of a small-town American high school, the way
teens talk to each other and their families, are all captured in a way that a future
generation may be interested in studying... but that, more likely, will start to
seem outdated pretty soon. So enjoy it while you can.
Recommended Age: 14+
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