The Secret Hour (Midnighters Series #1)

The Secret Hour (Midnighters Series #1)

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by Scott Westerfeld
     
 

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A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen, except for her and a few others who call themselves 'midnighters'. Dark things haunt this midnight hour – dark things with a mysterious interest in Jessica. The question is ?hy;

The Secret Hour is a compelling tale of dark

Overview

A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen, except for her and a few others who call themselves 'midnighters'. Dark things haunt this midnight hour – dark things with a mysterious interest in Jessica. The question is ?hy;

The Secret Hour is a compelling tale of dark secrets, midnight romance, eerie creatures, courage, destiny, and unexpected peril.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061954528
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Midnighters Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
117,252
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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The Secret Hour (Midnighters Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 364 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
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.
hazeleyes994 More than 1 year ago
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!
littlemonkey18 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Molly_Mo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
The_Shadow412 More than 1 year ago
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.
shortfry More than 1 year ago
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.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
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.
All-About-Dragons More than 1 year ago
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.
Chrissysc77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
SpiritoftheWhiteRose More than 1 year ago
Very interesting characters and plot. I really enjoy Westerfeld's work. 
DinFaroreNaryu78 More than 1 year ago
Now this is a concept you don't hear about. This Australian author blew me away in junior high with this series. With time frozen at midnight, some teens fight what goes "bump in the night." Westerfeld's writing is simple, but clear, effective and makes you want to read more. If you want to read a fresh take on young adult fiction, check out this series! 
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One of my FAVORITE series!!! its such and interesting, creepy, exciting book! w/ a ton of cool powers! & 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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