Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour: The Secret Hour

Paperback | January 2, 2008

byScott 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 secrets, midnight romance, eerie creatures, courage, destiny, and unexpected peril.

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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 da...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.65 inPublished:January 2, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060519533

ISBN - 13:9780060519537

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour: The Secret Hour

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Midnight experienced as never before! Scott Westerfeld has done a marvelous job by mixing fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance concisely. Such an exclusive and original story can only be created by a master-mind. "Midnighters" as the title suggests is about group of 5 teenagers who roam Bixby, Oklahoma at the stroke of midnight for a WHOLE HOUR, which is the 25th hour exclusive to only them 5 while the entire Bixby is frozen stiffs. However,In this 25th hour, they are not alone! Darklings, ancient creatures whose mere existence goes back to the Stone Ages roam around freely, but they usually don't bother anyone;until Jessica Day moves to town. Apart from being a Midnighter,there is something special about Jessica that even the other four midnighters can not seem to wrap their minds around. The darklings want her DEAD and they will surpass all boundaries to have her dead. Each Midnighter possesses a power (mindcasting,seer,polymath,flying) and then there is Jessica whose power is still unknown but interesting enough to send the scary and powerful darklings into a frenzy. This book was like X-men with a whole new twist. Of course there was romance involved. No YA book is good without romance. Even though romance was not the central plot of this story, it was still dominant to give readers "awe" moments. This books is very well-written with good character development. The POV of this book is very interesting because its told in a third-person, but in every chapter the narrator changes. This way you get a chance to get inside ALL midnighters heads and see the world from their vision. I loved how Scott did so flawlessly. At the end of each chapter, there is a symbol which belongs to each midnighter letting the reader know who was narrating a specific chapter. This is the first book of the trilogy, so many would expect the ending to be a major cliff-hanger. I can gladly reassure you that this book is in no way a cliff-hanger. THANK GOD! It can be read as a stand-alone, although i would recommend to continue the trilogy since it only gets better and more questions will be answered.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique This was a great book to start of an exciting adventure, I really loved how different the storyline was, and the characters were like no other. I love the whole idea of Midnight in this series, along with the awesome slithers and creatures that come about when the clock strikes 12. Scott Westerfeld has yet again created such a thrilling new series that will only get better by the book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series, and see what more unexpected things happen at midnight.
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I expected I thought this would be a lot better from the reviews. The concept was really good. But, I felt the story dragged and was boring and the characters not developed well. Not sure if I'll read the others in the series.
Date published: 2009-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from dissapointed I expected more out of this book because it sounds exciting but overall I found the characters weak and not very interesting. The characters and story was a bit dull for me. It wasn't a horrible book but in my opinion but not that great.
Date published: 2009-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me up past the hour! This was a great first book to the series, Midnighters. Jessica Day has just moved into Bixby. And just like Bella Swan, she instantly becomes popular (small town and all). But there are these 3 people who dress all in black and wear sunglasses who don't talk to anyone, only to themselves. But when they suddenly show an interest in Jessica, talking about Bixby water giving people strange dreams, Jessica doesn't know what to make of them. Then that night, Jessica wakes up to find the whole world frozen in time with a blue hue around everything. Turns out, in Bixby, time stops at midnight for a whole hour, people freeze, electricity stops, and the darklings and midnighters rule the night. And Jessica has just found out that she's one of them. I really enjoyed the new world Westerfeld created, compared to the Ugly world. This is a story about magic and believing in things that are totally out of the ordinary. This is a great book and I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read past midnight!
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative and exciting! I greatly enjoyed reading The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld, the first in the trilogy. It is a Young Adult novel, but is great for all ages and is built around very creative ideas. Everyone is sure to enjoy this YA fantasy that has suspense, some action, and some romance. In Bixby, Oklahoma, there is a 25th hour that occurs at midnight. Everyone is frozen in their spots and technology stops working (ie. electricity, cars). Only the Midnighters are able to live through that hour, along side the creatures of the dark (darklings). Each Midnighter possesses their own special ability. Jessica Day is new in town, recently having moved from Chicago. However, she is no ordinary newcomer, she is a Midnighter, but not a normal Midnighter either. With her arrival into town, the darklings start behaving abnormally in the secret hour. What is Jessica’s talent at midnight? Why are darklings behaving abnormally? Discover the secrets of Bixby and the rules of midnight. 4.5/5
Date published: 2008-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome!! this book is awsome! i wish i was born at midnight that would be soooo cool... i would want to have Johnathans powers... itd be like flying. I ve always wanted to fly....
Date published: 2008-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I absolutly loved this book, it kept me reading until the lights were turned off. When I first heard about it it sounded okay but now I know NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER. I recommend this book to anyone who like suspence, action, staying up late, love, killing and much much more. Each chapter i needed to keep reading. it was probally one of the best books I've ever read. I intend to read the whole series. It was so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so soso so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so soso so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series Opener Ive seen in a long time! The Midnighter #1: The Secret Hour, is a true oeuvre (French for work of art). I just saw the first two books lying on a shelf, clearly misplaced and decided to check them out. Sounded good enough to me! This book really takes to 'The Secret Hour' and to a world we as humans never thought possible. Truly incredible! Ever since I've been reading books from this author. If you loved this book I suggest you finish the series and try The Ugly Trilogy! Just a good, maybe even better! Scott Westerfeld, you are a true genius!
Date published: 2007-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hm.. yes i agree this book was fantastic! but i dun get how it is considered for 11 year old and under as some one wrote... :S in my oppinon i dont really agree with that becuz it would be inappropriate for children younger then 10 say. but over all it was a fantastic book
Date published: 2005-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put This Down! This book was amazing. I read over and over again. This book was lively and thrilling. It was a book that no one could put down. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10!! I can't wait for the third. I have already read the second many times as well. I personally hope Scott Westerfeld chnges his mind about a triolgy and makes these books last forever!!!
Date published: 2005-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Ever Read I've never seen a book like this one. After reading it realizing that there was not a second available yet, I searched for other books trying to find one as good as this one, And found nothing like it. I recommend this to anyone who loves an adventure. I'm so excited and I can't wait to read the second!!! I hope they continue for i will never be searching for a good book again:)
Date published: 2005-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from truly inspiring! This book by scott westerfeld was truly inspiring and livened my imagination. It made me wish I could live in blue time and have a power of my own to be a midnighter. I would absolutely read it more thn once it is that good.
Date published: 2004-04-09