Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld

The first time that I saw the front cover of Midnighters (The Secret Hour---#1 in a trilogy), I was instantly intrigued by its depiction of a ghostly image floating above a stark and eerie Oklahoma landscape. Being a fan of all things supernatural, I made a mental note to myself to read the book at some point in time. At the moment, I am a third of the way through it and my expectations for a creepy read have not been disappointed.

The book is about a Teen (Jessica) who moves with her family from the big city lights of Chicago to the peculiar little town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Jessica learns quickly just how peculiar Bixby is when she wakes up one stormy night and finds herself in a secret 25th-hour dimension in which time freezes, raindrops hang motionless in the air, and a strange cold blue light casts an unearthly glow on the night. The first time this happens to Jessica, she is startled but also fascinated. However, when she finds herself a second time in the 25th-hour, Jessica learns that there is much to be frightened by in this bizarre dimension…including the slithers and the darklings...Yikes!

For those of you who enjoy a spooky read, check out Midnighters in the Teen area of a Glendale Public Library branch near you.

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