Friday, March 12, 2010

Midnighters - Touching Darkness

The Midnighters of Bixby, Oklahoma, know that their town is full of secrets. These five teenagers are the only ones who know about the mysterious hour at midnight when the world freezes, except for them and the creatures that inhabit the darkness.

But they do not know why earlier generations of Midnighters all disappeared, or why they are now the only Midnighters in town. As they learn more about the secret hour's twists and turns, they uncover terrifying mysteries woven into the very fabric of Bixby's history, and a conspiracy that touches both the midnight hour and the world of daylight.

At the same time, the Midnighters' own secrets start to emerge, including some that were never meant to come to light, changing the fragile dynamics among the five.

This time Jessica Day is not the only Midnighter in mortal danger, and if the group can't find a way to come together, they could lose one of their own — forever.

I've read this book about a year ago, so my memory is a bit flawed, and the review might be short.

This book was probably better than the first one, seeing as it covers most of the mystery concerning the past and was sprinkled with drama. Wanting to find out why their were only five midnighters kept your reading, and I praise Westerfield once again for his swift handling of society's issues that he always denounces in his books.

The relations between the characters tightened, and new characters were introduced too. Jessica was as uninteresting as ever while Rex and Dess bloomed. I really enjoyed the way Dess' polymaths skilled were described, and how you knew exactly how everything was working. Now that all of the five midnighters put their differences behind, they finally started working together. It's nice to see how they invest themselves into researching the past and understanding their powers together.

The ending was excellent, tied everything up, and left you wanting for me. Just the right touch of supernatural and drama. Fans of the first book will love this one.

Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfield
Rating: 8,4/10

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