Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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.

My Take: So, this was in my pending pile and one of my 30 days of books picks just last week when I decided to throw caution to the wind and just read it.  It might have helped that I joined the Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon and suddenly I not only had that devil may care attitude, I also had a plan.  It was awesome!

To be honest with you, I really don't know what my hang-up was with reading this book. It was good.  It was short.  It expanded on the mythology of the first.  In fact, I fell back into the characters and their lives fairly quickly. New characters are introduced, new deceitful goings-on are revealed.  It was just ... fun.

Interestingly enough, although Jessica is the catalyst that begins moving the Midnighters forward in book 1, all the characters gain something vital with this book.  It deepens the plot and the addition of the halfings add a layer of horror and mystery to the overall arc.

Book 3 is up next!

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
  • 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


  1. This series sounds so so intriguing! Great review :)

  2. Thank you! It's a fun and fast series, nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable.