The Secret Hour

The Secret Hour

Paperback - 2008
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This is the first book in New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series.

A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen. For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. And only a small group of people--Jessica included--is free to move about then. They are The Midnighters.

The Secret Hour is the first book in the Midnighters trilogy, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series.

Publisher: New York : Eos, 2008
ISBN: 9780060519537


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NGonzales Aug 21, 2015

The midnighters series is easily a favorite. The concept and execution are both very original and Westerfeld clearly did his homework when writing the series. The monsters and the secret hour are both original on their own, but Westerfeld's take on his characters' "powers" are probably some of the more unique ideas I've seen in a while. Even psychic Melissa, who has the most familiar powerset of the group, experiences her telepathy differently than you generally see in fiction.

The characters all feel real and fleshed out, behaving with their own interests and priorities in mind. Their personalities are well developed and their conflicts feel natural because of it. This makes their working together all the more interesting, as their personalities clash and align with the story.

LoganLib_Sophie Feb 02, 2015

One of my favourite series and authors. A completely different take on supernatural abilities. A must read for those into the abnormal.

52107amb Nov 28, 2012

Incredible book. Full of suspense and action. will keep you on the edge of you seat (or where ever you read.)

Oct 03, 2012

i really like all of scott westerfelds stuff, and this was no different. fantastic book!

Exo Aug 14, 2012

I really did not like this series very much. I read all three books expecting them to get better, but they never did.
I was really excited when I discovered this series because I love Scott Westerfeld's work, but this whole series was just not good. The concept was very interesting and could've been very good, but the execution was terrible.
Unlike the 'Uglies' and 'Leviathan' universes, this one was poorly thought through and not even a tenth as rich. Uglies impressed me greatly because the culture was so incredibly, stunningly vivid and believable that I found myself using slang from the book while talking in real life. This series lacks all the charm and charisma of Westerfeld's other series(I strongly recommend both Uglies and Leviathan), and it is truly not worth reading.

Mar 11, 2012

this book is really well writen it had a good story line you have to read the books that follow it though

May 07, 2011

this book sounds sooo good
i am waiting to get it
so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Nov 07, 2010

The Secret Hour
Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld has a very driving plot with lots of action. An imaginative and fun read.

The idea behind this series is really well thought out and really original - Awesome book.

Dec 20, 2009

Really good! One of my favourite books of all!


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Oct 07, 2012

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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