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Friday, September 23, 2011

Blue Noon (Midnighters #3) by Scott Westerfeld

Blue Noon (Midnighters, #3)The darklings will hunt once again.

The secret hour when time freezes arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It's a dangerous time, when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows, but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable.

Until suddenly, the blue time comes . . . in the middle of the day.

The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair, teachers brought to a standstill. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour.

The Midnighters can't understand what's happening, but as they scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will have a chance to feed after centuries of waiting, unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them.

A desperate race against time, a mind-blowing mystery of paranormal logic, a tale of ancient evil and spine-chilling sacrifice: blue noon is the exhilarating third volume in the Midnighters series by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

 The Secret Hour was pretty good, but nothing special.  Touching Darkness was much, much better.  Following that pattern, I assumed Blue Noon would knock my socks off.  While it didn't quite get to that point, the ending was very...shocking.  In the electric sense.  You'd just have to read it to understand. 

Blue Noon really didn't improve on the second book.  If anything, I liked the second one better, which is rare for me and trilogies.  Jessica and Jonathan just got even more boring, and Melissa was just crabby.  Rex and Dess were, as usual, the only interesting ones in the story.  They had the most personality, the most uniqueness.

Since this was the end of the series, I wanted it to have a big finish.  I wanted it to end with a huge BANG! that would make me wish it hadn't ended.  Sure, the ending was exciting.  Sure, it was somewhat intense.  But I wanted more than that.  I wanted something that would blow me away, would stick with me for days or weeks or months or forever.  It was a decent finish, but not spectacular.  I felt myself struggling to care about the possibility of the world being consumed into the midnight hour.  I just couldn't bring myself to get that emotionally involved.

The thing with Jessica at the end was a real tearjerker, though, if I was that type of reader.  I won't say what happened for fear of spoilers, but still.  Wow. 

Don't get me wrong.  I enjoyed the book.  It was exciting and I love the concept, and thought it was well-executed.  I just didn't get quite the BAM that I wanted from the ending.  I felt a little let down about that, but otherwise it was a decent finish to the series.   

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