Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Blue Noon (Midnighters #3) by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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.

My Take: I ended up really liking this series.  It was fast-paced, fun and it ended up being much bigger in scope than I would have thought after the first book. I'll admit that I'm a little disappointed that there isn't another book or two to tie up the loose ends that were left, but sometimes having all the questions answered destroys the mystery of the series.  In this case, I can't stop thinking about the what ifs and maybes. That makes for some damn fine reading.

I will say that the ending isn't what I'd consider a traditional happy ending.  Bad things happen and the Midnighters have to deal with the fallout.  It's not pretty, but then life can throw those curveballs at you and you either have to learn how to duck and weave or get hit in the face.

This book gives us a solid ending to this piece of the puzzle but leaves enough unanswered questions that you want to go a little farther, a little deeper. Check it out, it's an interesting take on some of the traditions that spring out of the distant past.

More books by Scott Westerfeld

Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon (9/20-9/26): original post:
  • Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2) by Scott Westerfeld (reviewed 09/21/10)
  • Blue Noon (Midnighters #3) by Scott Westerfeld (reviewed 09/23/10)
  • Devil's Due (Red Letter Days #2) by Rachel Caine
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
  • Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (reviewed 09/21/10)
  • Dark Guardian (Carpathians #9) by Christine Feehan (reviewed 09/22/10)

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