Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2) by Scott Westerfeld


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.

A tale of betrayal, horrifying revelations, and powerful alliances, touching darkness is the second volume of the riveting Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.
First Look: ****I wasn't sure what I'd think of this book. The first one was pretty good, but not great, and the second book in a trilogy is usually my least favorite.

Setting: ****
It's an average little town that...isn't quite so average. Somehow I like it better during the midnight hour.

Characters: *****  
I liked all of the midnighters, except for Jessica. She's such a Mary Sue, and doesn't really have much personality.  I liked the others, though, especially Dess.  Her mind works in such weird, unique ways.  Rex is also a favorite, just because his personality stands out.  And at the end...*dies*

Plot: ***** 
Much better than the first book.  Now that Jessica's got everything figured out, the real action can begin!  It moved along much quicker, so I was able to get into it easier.  It wasn't too fast, though.  And besides, the ending is nicely intense.

Uniqueness: *****  
This idea is genius.  Time stops for everyone at midnight, except for these five.  How cool is that?

Writing: ****
It was okay. Nothing stood out to bother me, but it wasn't amazing. The extra star is for finding all those thirteen letter words.

Likes:
I love the whole concept of midnight. 

Not-so-great:
I feel like this is a really short review, but I really don't have much to say.

Total Score: *****
Recommended for fans of the series, or for fans of paranormal (actual paranormal) or science fiction in general. Just make sure you read the first one first.  I might have even enjoyed this one more than The Secret Hour.  It was exciting and thoroughly unique.  It kept me guessing!  Probably more in the 4.5 range.

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