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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 ...

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Overview


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.

A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

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A teenage Oklahoma transplant learns she possesses otherworldly, time-dependent powers in this first nail-biting installment of author Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series.

After Jessica Day moves to Bixby, she enjoys popularity but also becomes the focus of a few sunglasses-wearing outcasts. Curious about all the interest from Rex, Melissa, Dess, and Jonathan, Jessica soon learns that it's not without cause: She is a "midnighter," a person who can move about during a magical, condensed 25th hour that begins at midnight. Jessica is fascinated at first -- especially when she learns she has special powers during the "blue time" -- but her interest turns to horror when her safety is threatened by ever-growing "darklings," shadowy entities that want to stop Jessica from discovering and using her gift. Luckily, the teen has her new friends to teach her about keeping darklings at bay, and when the five have a 25th-hour meeting in Bixby's legendary "snake pit" that quickly turns dangerous, Jessica finds that her untapped midnighter abilities are the ultimate threat to darkling survival.

Packed with fascinating characters in a fast-paced story line, Westerfeld's The Secret Hour will keep you in suspense until the foreboding end. While Jessica seems to have remarkable wherewithal for someone who's just landed in such frightening circumstances, the author works with the creepy atmosphere and outsider characters to create an entertaining page-turner that provides a harrowing setup for Book 2. After putting this down, you might not be looking at the clock the same way again. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
Westerfeld (The Risen Empire) begins this inventive contemporary fantasy-first in a planned trilogy-as a new-kid-in-high-school story; he quickly introduces a few surreal bits and then begins revealing his secrets in careful increments. Jessica Day has moved to the odd town of Bixby, Okla., where the water tastes odd and, she is told, "gives you funny dreams." The misfits at school, Dess, Rex and Melissa, see a kindred spirit in Jessica: like them, she was born at nearly the exact stroke of midnight, giving her the ability to experience the 25th hour of each day, which is "rolled up too tight" for the rest of humanity even to notice. This lost hour has its own breed of predators ("darklings") who don't exist at any other time and who are terrified of stainless steel and 13-letter words; but ever since Jessica arrived in town, darkling activity has been on the rise. The story moves quickly, and the structure is satisfying-the author answers all the questions he highlights in this initial volume while leaving room for the plot to develop in the sequels. A devilishly unraveled loose end on the last page will ensure an audience for the next installment. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
A cross between the modern scenario of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the old-fashioned magic of Tom's Midnight Garden (Oxford University Press, 1958), this first in a series is set in a modern high school, with a newcomer discovering that those who dress in black and act like outcasts really do know something that mainstream American teenagers do not. Jessica arrives at Bixby High School as the new girl, facing crowded hallways and hostile lunchrooms in a new town just as any other teen would—with fear. The normal trepidation is compounded, however, by odd dreams and her growing perception that something is amiss in Bixby, Oklahoma. When she meets a group of teens who dress in black and are held as outsiders by the school, they advise her "don't drink the water" and only serve to confirm that Bixby is different. One night, Jessica awakes exactly at midnight to find time frozen, and that she has become one of the Midnighters. The Blue Time, as it is called, is not full of fun, however. She is rescued by Melissa, Rex, and Dess, who reveal that the laws of physics and nature do not work at this time. In addition to having the power to walk at midnight, they each possess a special gift that sets them aside in the ordinary daylight as weirdos. These teens have psychic powers, and they protect the real world from threat. The ending both promises Jessica a place in normal high school society and future adventures in the Blue Time with her new friends. This novel presents a promising start to a series for Buffy book and television fans and more sophisticated readers of Stephen King or Margaret Mahy. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YAappeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, HarperCollins, 304p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Hillary Theyer
KLIATT
As the new girl in Bixby, Oklahoma, Jessica Day is more concerned with adjusting to her new surroundings than making friends, but Dess, a Goth girl hiding behind dark glasses, strikes up a strange conversation with her, hinting that something in Bixby might give her bad dreams. That night, Jessica thinks she must be dreaming when she wakes up to blue diamonds glittering in the air outside her window, only to realize that the gems are rain suspended mid-fall. The next night, "dreaming" again, she ventures out of the house to explore a time-frozen world that seems to be hers alone. On the other side of town, however, Dess along with Melissa and Re senses Jessica's presence. They find her just as she is about to be attacked by a shadowy panther and tell her this is no dream. Jessica learns that they all share a special commonality. Each one was born at midnight and as a result experiences a 25th hour in the day when real time stops, blue time starts, and the darklings come out. Since Jessica's arrival, though, the darklings have gotten aggressive, and the Midnighters have to find out why. They each have special powers, but until they discover what Jessica's talent is, and why she has become the darkling's target, their midnight hour is in jeopardy. In Westerfeld's first Midnighters tale, he concocts a unique and fresh fantasy setting just beyond the edge of our consciousness. Readers will certainly be pulled into the blue time and eagerly await the next volume. (Midnighters #1). KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 296p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Michele Winship
KLIATT - KLIATT Review
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2004: As the new girl in Bixby, Oklahoma, Jessica Day is more concerned with adjusting to her new surroundings than making friends, but Dess, a Goth girl hiding behind dark glasses, strikes up a strange conversation with her, hinting that something in Bixby might give her bad dreams. That night, Jessica thinks she must be dreaming when she wakes up to blue diamonds glittering in the air outside her window, only to realize that the gems are rain suspended mid-fall. The next night, "dreaming" again, she ventures out of the house to explore a time-frozen world that seems to be hers alone. On the other side of town, however, Dess and a few other teens sense Jessica's presence. They find her just as she is about to be attacked by a shadowy panther and tell her this is no dream. Jessica learns that they all share a special commonality. Each one was born at midnight and as a result experiences a 25th hour in the day when real time stops, blue time starts, and the darklings come out. Since Jessica's arrival, though, the darklings have gotten aggressive, and the Midnighters have to find out why. They each have special powers, but until they discover what Jessica's talent is, and why she has become the darkling's target, their midnight hour is in jeopardy. In Westerfeld's first Midnighters tale, he concocts a unique and fresh fantasy setting just beyond the edge of our consciousness. Readers will certainly be pulled into the blue time and look for the next volumes in the series: Touching Darkness (978-0-06-051956-8) and Blue Moon (978-0-06051959-9.) Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Michele Winship (Vol. 42, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.-Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A thrilling series starter brings Jessica to Bixby High, where she gains mysterious powers. Though Jessica quickly becomes popular, she fascinates the light-hating school outcasts. Rex, Dess, Melissa, and Jonathan watch Jessica carefully until she awakens as a midnighter: one born at the stroke of midnight, free to move about in Bixby's magical 25th hour. In this blue-lit time, when all normal life is frozen, the midnighters enjoy their special abilities and easily avoid the dangerous darklings and slithers that roam the town. But when Jessica arrives, the midnight creatures increase in number and viciousness, and must be fought off with steel and 13-letter words. If the night children do not solve Jessica's mystery, midnight might never be safe for them again. A satisfying conclusion to Jessica's mystery leaves open intriguing interpersonal questions and the potential for a possible conspiracy to lead into the next volume. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060519513
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Series: Midnighters Series , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.

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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour

Chapter One

8:11 a.m.

Rex

The halls of Bixby High School were always hideously bright on the first day of school. Fluorescent lights buzzed overhead, their white honeycombed plastic shields newly cleaned of dead insect shapes. The freshly shined floors dazzled, glinting in the hard September sunlight that streamed in through the school's open front doors.

Rex Greene walked slowly, wondering how the students jostling past him could run into this place. His every step was a struggle, a fight against the grating radiance of Bixby High, against being trapped here for another year. For Rex summer vacation was a place to hide, and every year this day gave him the sinking feeling of having just been discovered, caught, pinned, like an escaping prisoner in a searchlight.

Rex squinted in the brightness and pushed up his glasses with one finger, wishing he could wear dark shades over their thick frames. One more layer between him and Bixby High School.

The same faces were all here. Timmy Hudson, who had beaten him up just about every day in fifth grade, passed by, not giving Rex a second glance. The surging crowd was full of old tormentors and classmates and childhood friends, but no one seemed to recognize him anymore. Rex pulled his long black coat around himself and clung to the row of lockers along the wall, waiting for the crowd to clear, wondering exactly when he had become invisible. And why. Maybe it was because the daylight world meant so little to him now.

He put his head down and edged toward class.

Then he saw the new girl.

She washis age, maybe a year younger. Her hair was deep red, and she was carrying a green book bag over one shoulder. Rex had never seen her before, and in a school as small as Bixby High, that was unusual enough. But novelty wasn't the strangest thing about her.

She was out of focus.

A faint blur clung to her face and hands, as if she were standing behind thick glass. The other faces in the crowded hall were clear in the bright sunlight, but hers wouldn't resolve no matter how hard he stared. She seemed to exist just out of the reach of focus, like music played from a copy of a copy of an old cassette tape.

Rex blinked, trying to clear his eyes, but the blurriness stayed with the girl, tracking her as she slipped further into the crowd. He abandoned his place by the wall and pushed his way after her.

That was a mistake. Now sixteen, he was a lot bigger, his dyed-black hair more obvious than ever, and his invisibility left him as he pushed purposefully through the crowd.

A shove came from behind, and Rex's balance twisted under him. More hands kept him reeling, four or five boys working together until he came to a crashing stop, his shoulder slamming into the row of lockers lining the wall.

"Out of the way, dork!" Rex felt a slap against the side of his face. He blinked as the world went blurry, the hall dissolving into a swirl of colors and moving blobs. The sickening sound of his glasses skittering along the floor reached his ears.

"Rex lost his spex!" came a voice. So Timmy Hudson did remember his name. Laughter trailed away down the hall.

Rex realized that his hands were out in front of him, feeling the air like a blind man's. He might as well be blind. Without his glasses, the world was a blender full of meaningless color.

The bell rang.

Rex slumped against the lockers, waiting for the hall to clear. He'd never catch up with the new girl now. Maybe he'd imagined her.

"Here," came a voice.

As he raised his eyes, Rex's mouth dropped open.

Without glasses Rex's weak eyes could see her perfectly. Behind her the hall was still a mess of blurred shapes, but her face stood out, clear and detailed. He noticed her green eyes now, flecked with gold in the sunlight.

"Your glasses," she said, holding them out. Even this close, the thick frames were still fuzzy, but he could see the girl's outstretched hand with crystal clarity. The Focus clung to her.

Finally willing himself to move, Rex closed his mouth and took the glasses. When he put them on, the rest of the world jumped into focus, and the girl blurred again. Just like the others always did.

"Thanks," he managed.

"That's okay." She smiled, shrugged, and looked around at the almost empty hall.

"I guess we're late now. I don't even know where I'm going."

Her accent sounded midwestern, crisper than Rex's Oklahoma drawl.

"No, that was the eight-fifteen bell," he explained. "The late bell's at eight-twenty. Where're you headed?"

"Room T-29." She held a schedule card tightly in one hand.

He pointed back at the doorway. "That's in the temps. Outside on the right. Those trailers you saw on the way in."

She looked outside with a frown. "Okay," she said hesitantly, like she'd never had class in a trailer before. "Well, I better get going."

He nodded. As she walked away, Rex pulled off his glasses again, and again she jumped into clarity as the rest of the world became a blur.

Rex finally allowed himself to believe it and smiled. Another one, and from somewhere beyond Bixby, Oklahoma.

Maybe this year was going to be different.

Rex saw the new girl a few more times before lunch.

She was already making friends. In a small school like Bixby, there was something exciting about a new student — people wanted to find out about her. Already the popular kids were staking a claim to her, gossiping about what they'd learned about her, trading on her friendship.

Rex knew that the rules of popularity wouldn't allow him near her again, but he hovered nearby, listening, using his invisibility. Not really invisible, of course, but just as good. In his black shirt and jeans, with his dyed-black hair, he could disappear into shadows and corners. There weren't that many students like Timmy Hudson at Bixby High. Most people were happy to ignore Rex and his friends.

Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour. Copyright (c) by Scott Westerfeld . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour

Chapter One

8:11 a.m.

Rex

The halls of Bixby High School were always hideously bright on the first day of school. Fluorescent lights buzzed overhead, their white honeycombed plastic shields newly cleaned of dead insect shapes. The freshly shined floors dazzled, glinting in the hard September sunlight that streamed in through the school's open front doors.

Rex Greene walked slowly, wondering how the students jostling past him could run into this place. His every step was a struggle, a fight against the grating radiance of Bixby High, against being trapped here for another year. For Rex summer vacation was a place to hide, and every year this day gave him the sinking feeling of having just been discovered, caught, pinned, like an escaping prisoner in a searchlight.

Rex squinted in the brightness and pushed up his glasses with one finger, wishing he could wear dark shades over their thick frames. One more layer between him and Bixby High School.

The same faces were all here. Timmy Hudson, who had beaten him up just about every day in fifth grade, passed by, not giving Rex a second glance. The surging crowd was full of old tormentors and classmates and childhood friends, but no one seemed to recognize him anymore. Rex pulled his long black coat around himself and clung to the row of lockers along the wall, waiting for the crowd to clear, wondering exactly when he had become invisible. And why. Maybe it was because the daylight world meant so little to him now.

He put his head down and edged toward class.

Then he saw the new girl.

She was his age, maybe a year younger. Her hair was deep red, and she was carrying a green book bag over one shoulder. Rex had never seen her before, and in a school as small as Bixby High, that was unusual enough. But novelty wasn't the strangest thing about her.

She was out of focus.

A faint blur clung to her face and hands, as if she were standing behind thick glass. The other faces in the crowded hall were clear in the bright sunlight, but hers wouldn't resolve no matter how hard he stared. She seemed to exist just out of the reach of focus, like music played from a copy of a copy of an old cassette tape.

Rex blinked, trying to clear his eyes, but the blurriness stayed with the girl, tracking her as she slipped further into the crowd. He abandoned his place by the wall and pushed his way after her.

That was a mistake. Now sixteen, he was a lot bigger, his dyed-black hair more obvious than ever, and his invisibility left him as he pushed purposefully through the crowd.

A shove came from behind, and Rex's balance twisted under him. More hands kept him reeling, four or five boys working together until he came to a crashing stop, his shoulder slamming into the row of lockers lining the wall.

"Out of the way, dork!" Rex felt a slap against the side of his face. He blinked as the world went blurry, the hall dissolving into a swirl of colors and moving blobs. The sickening sound of his glasses skittering along the floor reached his ears.

"Rex lost his spex!" came a voice. So Timmy Hudson did remember his name. Laughter trailed away down the hall.

Rex realized that his hands were out in front of him, feeling the air like a blind man's. He might as well be blind. Without his glasses, the world was a blender full of meaningless color.

The bell rang.

Rex slumped against the lockers, waiting for the hall to clear. He'd never catch up with the new girl now. Maybe he'd imagined her.

"Here," came a voice.

As he raised his eyes, Rex's mouth dropped open.

Without glasses Rex's weak eyes could see her perfectly. Behind her the hall was still a mess of blurred shapes, but her face stood out, clear and detailed. He noticed her green eyes now, flecked with gold in the sunlight.

"Your glasses," she said, holding them out. Even this close, the thick frames were still fuzzy, but he could see the girl's outstretched hand with crystal clarity. The Focus clung to her.

Finally willing himself to move, Rex closed his mouth and took the glasses. When he put them on, the rest of the world jumped into focus, and the girl blurred again. Just like the others always did.

"Thanks," he managed.

"That's okay." She smiled, shrugged, and looked around at the almost empty hall.

"I guess we're late now. I don't even know where I'm going."

Her accent sounded midwestern, crisper than Rex's Oklahoma drawl.

"No, that was the eight-fifteen bell," he explained. "The late bell's at eight-twenty. Where're you headed?"

"Room T-29." She held a schedule card tightly in one hand.

He pointed back at the doorway. "That's in the temps. Outside on the right. Those trailers you saw on the way in."

She looked outside with a frown. "Okay," she said hesitantly, like she'd never had class in a trailer before. "Well, I better get going."

He nodded. As she walked away, Rex pulled off his glasses again, and again she jumped into clarity as the rest of the world became a blur.

Rex finally allowed himself to believe it and smiled. Another one, and from somewhere beyond Bixby, Oklahoma.

Maybe this year was going to be different.

Rex saw the new girl a few more times before lunch.

She was already making friends. In a small school like Bixby, there was something exciting about a new student -- people wanted to find out about her. Already the popular kids were staking a claim to her, gossiping about what they'd learned about her, trading on her friendship.

Rex knew that the rules of popularity wouldn't allow him near her again, but he hovered nearby, listening, using his invisibility. Not really invisible, of course, but just as good. In his black shirt and jeans, with his dyed-black hair, he could disappear into shadows and corners. There weren't that many students like Timmy Hudson at Bixby High. Most people were happy to ignore Rex and his friends.

Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour. Copyright © by Scott Westerfeld. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" 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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Definitely a recommended read!

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    SECRET HOUR

    Yet another YA science-fantasy winner from Westerfeld, with appeal well beyond the target audience, if your reviewer is a fair guide.
    "Jessica Day moves into the small town of Bixby from Chicago, and although she hits it off with the "in" crowd, she also falls in with a bunch of weirdos who don't like the daylight, wear black a lot and are covered in metal jewelry. In the middle of the night she wakes up and discovers the world asleep with the exception of her weirdo chums and weird black slithery things..."
    I know, it sounds sort of hokey and comic-booky, but actually works pretty well. The kids are fun, the action is fast & furious, and the pages turn most satisfactorily. There's even a nice touch of moral ambiguity in the wrapup volume. The story is set in Bixby, Oklahoma, now a suburb of Tulsa. I grew up about an hour away, and the problem with Westerfeld's Bixby is, it doesn't much resemble the real eastern Oklahoma. Westerfeld has numerous references to desert and salt flats, but this part of Oklahoma is pretty well-watered -- the native vegetation is a scrub-oak & pine forest. This won't affect your enjoyment of the story, really, but I have no idea why Westerfeld used a setting that would fit better in west Texas or New Mexico. Curious, seemingly pointless, and annoying. All in all a fantastic read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Decent Read

    I started reading this book right after finishing the Twilight Saga (which completely took over my life). I think that Secret Hour would have been much better for me if I would have waited a little longer to start reading it. That being said, I did enjoy the book and have found that the second book in the trilogy, Touching Darkness, is even better than the first. So if you just get through Secret Hour, you will not be disappointed with what's to come.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    3.5 Stars

    I purchased this book because I love Scott Westerfeld's writing, and I was hoping that this series would be as good as other's of his that I have read. So far, it's not looking too good. The majority of the characters are unlikable and the plot is not fully fleshed out. I hope that Book 2 in the series provides a more robust plot-line and answers questions from this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Loved This Book!!!

    I absolutely loved reading The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld! It is so absorbing and full of suspense and action. I did a book report on this book, and nearly EVERYBODY in my class wanted to read it. Some of them did, and they thought it was awesome, too! This is a great book!

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    FANTASTIC!!

    This book is very suspenseful and sure enough kept me at the edge of my seat!! After reading this book u can't help but wonder what is going to happen next!! READ THIS BOOK!! Scott Westerfeld is a brilliant writer!! if u fell in love with uglies, pretties, specials and extras then u r sure to enjoy this series!!

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    The Midnighters; The Secret Hour

    In the first book of the Midnighters, the secret hour, we are introduced to a group of teenagers in Bixby, Oklahoma. They are the only ones that can move in the secret hour of midnight, the only humans any way. There are bad guys of course, the Slithers and the Darklings. Normally they leave the Midnighters alone to go about their business but with Jessica Day in town, the new Midnighter, the Darklings get increasingly active.
    Scott Westerfeld creates a world in which total opposites have to unite. Each Midnighter has a special ability to help them fight off the ancient creatures of the secret hour. When the Seer, the Polymath, the Acrobat, and the Mindcaster come together they are nearly unbeatable. Although working as a team is no walk in the park for the five Midnighters. Agreeing to disagree is usually the only thing they all agree on.
    If you plan to step into Scott Westerfeld's world of midnight, be prepared with stainless steel, thirteen letter words, and a love for adventure and teenage romance. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from page one of the Secret Hour, through Touching Darkness, and to the last page of Blue Noon.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    THE SECRET HOUR

    Jessica Day moves to Bixby, Oklahoma where time freezes at midnight. Only Midnighters can see the secret hour. Each of the Midnighters has certain powers-Rex is a Seer, Melissa is a Mindcaster, Jonathan is an Acrobat, and Dess is a Polymath. New girl Jess has no idea what her powers are but the darklings that hunt the secret hour want her dead because of it. Jess and her new friends try to find Jess's power before the darklings destroy her. THE SECRET HOUR is a great Scott Westerfeld book full of action, horror, friendship, and love. Can't wait to read the rest of the series to see what happens next.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    pretty good

    the book was good for what it was but not the best westerfeld book ever i definately liked the uglies series better. I would recomend it though I just hope the rest of the series is better but I will be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    An Excellent Book

    Midnighters was an excellent book, that definitely kept up your interest. While I can't say it was the best book I've ever read, it was still very, very good and most surely worth reading.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    When I first read the reviews on this book on amazon I was worried that it would be a bit too much of a horror story. Now that I have read it though, I either like horror books or it is not at all horror. This is a wonderful story about a girl who moves to a new town and discovers that she has a special power that lets her go into a secret hour of the day. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes fantasy stories that are a bit scary.

    For other books that have the same genre try the books that I have recommended on the left.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    an interesting book

    i liked it. I love sci-fi and this was an interesting concept. The only thing i was disappointed in was that the characters werent fully developed. I didnt feel like they were described enough and fleshed out. I couldnt connect with them. Inspite of that, the story was good and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Midnighters is one of the best books ever

    I loved this book. The Blue Hour was really cool and kind of creepy, with all the frozen people and the darklings. Dess was my favorite character, but Jonathan had the coolest powers, even if they only worked at midnight. I liked how they couldmake weapons by just giving a clean peice of steel a thirteen letter name. As a writer, I'm very jealous that Scott Westerfeld thought of this story before me, but I'm not sure I could have done it justice. The characters and the scenery were very vivid, making it really easy to see what was happening with great detail. I would definitely read this book again, which is rare for me. This was an excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    excellent book

    i am a huge fan of scott westerfeld. i started with the uglies series and every book since then has gotten better and better. this book seemed more fantasy than the uglies or peeps series but it was definatly as good as them if not better. it only took me a day to read it because i couldn't put it down. it was fast-paced, suspenseful, and addictive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    simply edgy

    bold and creative! dont start if you dont have the time to read it all! you wont be able to put it down. literally. i read it in a day! and i read it again the next day!... great composition, and an amazing narration. it brings you right to the scene with its VIVID imagery. Im hoping for a movie! IT's a MUST READ!!! Westerfeld made the list of my favorites! DONT MISS OUT! im definitely going back for the next book of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    He does it yet again!

    I have to admit I am a huge Scott westerfeld fan. He does it again with this beautifully written novel about young teenagers just trying to understand the midnight hour and its secerts. He has a wonderful way of writing. This novel is breath-taking, fast-paced with surprises around every corner, it is almost impossible to put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Love it

    O love this book i read uglies pretties specials and extras i loved them so i started this series and it is awesome so far it is a great read for middle schoolers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

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    One of my FAVORITE series!!! its such and interesting, creepy, e

    One of my FAVORITE series!!! its such and interesting, creepy, exciting book! w/ a ton of cool powers! &amp; a great plot You will always want to know what will happen next, if you like dystopian fiction this book is perfecto.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

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    I read the Uglies series and thought I would give this series a

    I read the Uglies series and thought I would give this series a try. The story itself is interesting but it was not as interesting to me when I read it. It wasn't so boring or plain that I couldn't finish the book, because I did finish the book in 6 hours, but compared to other series where I laughed a lot and found the characters compelling... it just wasn't that. I think if this book were to be a movie it may be better in that form. I hope the 2nd book is better because I don't know if I can push myself through this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Imari

    Ahaha...lolz a dude at my school reminds me alot of wreck it ralph...he looks just like him..lolz...n trevors obssesed with me! Ugh...n hes 17..lolz

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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