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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour (Midnighters Series) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Westerfeld
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From School Library Journal

Grade 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 © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


'Kept me reading way past midnight!' Garth Nix 'Fast-paced and spooky - a good read for the dark hours' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Intriguing and provocative. The sequels will be worth waiting for.' Locus


Mehr über den Autor

Scott Westerfeld wurde in Texas geboren. Er studierte Japanisch, Spanisch und Latein und arbeitete unter anderem als Lehrer, Redakteur und Software-Designer. Seit einigen Jahren lebt er abwechselnd in Sydney und New York City und schreibt mit großem Erfolg Romane für Erwachsene und Jugendliche.
Foto privat: © Scott Westerfeld


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Macht Spass! 13. Oktober 2008
Zugegeben, das letzte Wort in Sachen "Urban Fantasy" hat dieses Buch wohl nicht- aber es macht tierisch Spass.
Der Anfang ist wohlbekannt: Ein Umzug, eine neue Schule, ein paar merkwürdige Leute, Mr. Gutaussehend- und plötzlich findet sich die Protagonistin selbst als Teil einer geheimen Welt wieder.
Dieses Buch bietet Action, Spannung, eine kleine Liebesgeschichte, und viel Fantasie- also keine neuen Zutaten. Wohl aber eine neue, spannende Mischung.
Die Zielgruppe dürften wohl Teenager ab ca. 12 Jahren sein, was allerdings nicht bedeutet, dass das Buch Erwachsenen keinen Spass machen kann ;-)
Bin jedenfalls schon sehr gespannt wie's weitergeht.
Ach ja, diese Ausgabe ist zwar billig, allerdings bezieht sich das nicht nur auf den Preis. Die Herstellungsmethode scheint ungefähr die gleiche wie die von Groschenromanen zu sein. Wer sich das Buch ausser es zu lesen auch noch dekorativins Regal stellen will sollte vielleicht lieber ein paar Euro mehr in die gebundene Ausgabe investieren.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! 24. Juli 2007
Von Amber
This was really interesting! A nice new fresh kind of storyline and some good writing! A bunch of kids who spend time in the '25th hour' of the day every night...only they can be there because they were born so close to midnight. Add some nasty dark creatures and the fact that all of the kids have different 'abilities' and you have a great start to a series!

I am really looking forward to reading the next part and finding out more about the 'Midnighters'!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Culture Shock With a Difference 29. März 2005
Von Joshua Koppel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Jessica has just moved to the small town of Bixby after living in Chicago. But other than size, temperature, and scenery, she also discovers something else very different about the town. Every day at midnight the rest of the world freezes but she, and several other kids, get an extra hour. Unfortunately other, older and scarier, things also inhabit this time.

Jessica meets the other kids; Midnighters as they call themselves. Each has a special talent related to the secret hour. Jessica must have a talent but hers is not obvious. Nor is Jessica sensitive to light in the same way as the others. To make matters worse, the dark things seem to want her dead. She must be a threat to them so it becomes important to figure out just what her special talent is and it could be dangerous.

This is a very nice start to a series. I don't know how long they plan to go with this but it is off to a fast start. Only one part bothered me. Midnight is the true midnight, not one artificially created by time-zones, daylight savings, or other man-made definitions. That is fine. But apparently the arbitrary man-made definitions of latitude and longitude do have an effect. I found that to be inconsistent. Otherwise, the book was quite good and really kept me guessing. There is still plenty to learn about the secret hour and I look forward to the next volume.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Interesting 1. November 2005
Von Christopher Harris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I picked up this book as an advanced copy(I work at a bookstore), and thought it seemed kind of interesting, but it took me about 4-5 months after I had it to pick it up. As soon as I picked it up though I could not put it down. I read it in 2 nights and could not fall asleep easily either of those nights. It is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat, or in some cases bed. Learning what Jessica's power is, and the evil that all the other midnighters have to face is amazing. This is a book that not to many people have read I believe and it should be up there(as well as Westerfeld's other series Uglies/Pretties/Specials), with the Artemis Fowl series and the Series of Unfortunate Events as it is as good as if not better than those other two.

This was a great book, as is the second book, learning how words can empower metal objects in this 25th hour where no one else put the ancient evil's and these few people who were all born at the stroke of midnight have to cope with each other, and how the evils fear the power the Jessica has which is devastating to their livelyhood. You HAVE to read this book, and the whole series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Midnighters 18. Mai 2007
Kinder-Rezension - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Being born at midnight changed the rest of her life more than she could've ever imagined. Jessica Day, who recently moved to Bixby, Oklahoma, started having weird "dreams" when she came. Her first one happened when she woke up at the stroke of midnight and everything was frozen still. She ventures outside and the raindrops looked like diamonds in the sky until she touched it and they fell. She felt as if this experience was magical, but didn't know whether it was a dream or reality. The thing that let her know it was real was when she woke up and her sweatshirt that she had been wearing was soaking wet. The next day at school she found out that there were three others in her school that had this power to: Rex, Dess, and Melissa. And they had found out that she had because they had felt someone else while they were venturing around. They called themselves the midnighters. The time that took place during midnight was called blue time and it was an hour long that time was stopped and only people who were born at midnight could experience it. But also in blue time there were things that the midnighters had to overcome such as darklings and slithers. While on a trip in midnight she see's Jonathan, a boy from he school, and he tells her that he is a midnighter too and that the others don't really like him. In the end, they all had to come together and help Jessica find her power, which is something that each of them has, and she finds out that she is the flame bringer and the one who beings new technology to the blue time which scares the slithers and darklings away. I would recommend this book to middle school students who enjoy reading sci-fi genre books with a everyday, relatable, twist to them.

The book had an everyday element to it, so it wasn't just being midnight all of the time. It showed how they had just recently moved to the town and how bratty her sister Beth had been acting about the situation. It also told about how Jessica had to make new friends and find a place to sit at lunch and decide who she wanted to be friends with. And it the everyday things also played into the sci-fi elements because when she was invited to a party by a girl named Constanza, she excepted because it put her closer to the spot that she had to be to defeat the darklings at midnight.

I enjoyed the fact that everyone who was a midnighter had their own specific power that they had to come together and help Jessica find hers. Dess was the mathematician, and had all kinds of riddle's, with Bixby, Oklahoma and the number thirteen. Melissa has the power of being able to be a psychic and she was able to read minds throughout blue time. And Rex was the lore reader, he put everything together and figured out why they were actually there and their initial purpose.

Midnighters by Scott Westerfield was a good science fiction book. I liked the fact the that world was to them for an hour out of the day, and that it wasn't just easy, they had to get through trials and tribulations too. And that there were real-life consequences to too. Because in Bixby there is a curfew and it is before blue time so if they don't make it home before it is over, then the police will catch them, which is what happened to Jonathan when he and Jessica were walking home from being out. And also that the scars and things from their battles with the darklings and slithers still remain on their bodies and they have to cover it up or everyone will find out about them.

This book was a sci-fi book that had an everyday, relatable, twist to it and that would be enjoyed by middle school students. I enjoyed that it mixed the element of real life and love life with an totally different element. And the fact that no one but them new about it and it became a world for them and exclusively for them!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a tantalizing mystery 18. Mai 2004
Von Teen Reads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
"Melissa didn't know exactly what to think of the new girl. Below her shifting emotions was an unexpected flavor, a sharp metal taste, like a coin pressed against the tip of Melissa's tongue. The scent of unbridled energy was everywhere, but maybe that had just been the storm. And of course, someone new was always full of unfamiliar flavors, unexpected faculties. Each of Melissa's friends felt different to her, after all. But Jessica Day felt more than different."
Jessica thought she was just like any other teenager when her family moved from suburban Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma. She was restless, lonely, dissatisfied and trying to "adjust." Her ambitious mother was distracted with work and her father was a boring stay-at-home dad. But from her first day at Bixby High she sensed that there was something definitely "different" afoot. She knew that she was being seen as more than the new kid in town and that there was something special about her.
Rex, Melissa, Dess and Jonathan are Midnighters. Each has a special power that helps them through the blue, frozen hour of midnight in Bixby. Rex is the historian, Melissa is highly psychic, Dess is a math genius and Jonathan can defy gravity. Together they help protect the little town from the slithers and darklings who come during the secret hour. Now that they have met Jessica they must figure out why the dark forces are bent on killing her and, in the end, what kind of power this Jessica has.
Put all these ingredients together, plus a growing romance between Jessica and Jonathan, and you have a fast-paced, creative fantasy as only Scott Westerfeld can write. Picture Buffy meeting superheroes, and you get the idea of the pace and direction of this adventure. Not only would this book translate beautifully into a TV series, it could also succeed, with the right art work, as a graphic novel. Readers will be fully tantalized waiting for the next two installments of this trilogy.
--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts (...)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good youth science fiction-fantasy 23. Mai 2006
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
This book was clearly written with the reading teen in mind. The basic plot (not very original) is that there is an extra hour at midnight, in this small town, where only a few teens stay awake. Even the rain stops midair and just freezes until time rolls around again. The new kid in town must learn why she has this ability, too; how to make friends with the other kids; how to get along with her little sister; how to defeat the army of monsters that seems intent on destroying her -- all while keeping up in advaned trig and physics in school. So what is good and original about this? Mr. Westerfeld does an excellent job of laying out the plot, showing character development through dialog and creating a nice end that makes us eager to read the next book in the series. I recommend this book highly, both to young readers, and adults who enjoy keeping up with the youth books.
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