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Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,058 ratings  ·  245 reviews
In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything...

Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt,
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 1st 2012)
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

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An alien race known as the Assembly has taken over the earth. All the adults are gone, having succumbed to a telepathic alien signal called the Tone, but everyone under the age of twenty is still able to resist––which means the fate of the world lies in the hands of teens and children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, pursuing a treasure seeker named Mira Toombs who has a massive price on her head. Holt soon is able to capture her, but t
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.5 out of 5

I have many, many feelings about this book. A lot of them are good, like: "Ooooh, this is unexpectedly creeeepy!" or "This is an author who can write strong female protagonists!" but, sadly, some are along the lines of: "What the hell is going on?" and "Why aren't any of my questions -- most pertaining to key elements of the plot -- being answered?" There's obviously a lot of imagination and inventiveness going on throughout the nearly 4
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Young Adult Fiction these days is split very neatly into multiple genres, multiple “types” and multiple shelves. Yet, every so often a book will come along that doesn’t have one genre, one “type”, or one shelf it belongs to. If anything, it belongs to all genres, all “types” and all shelves. In my opinion, Midnight City is one such novel. While it is primarily a dystopian, it contains its fair bit of supernatural elements, action, survival, and romance. Yet, it w
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
2.5/5 stars

Midnight City is a book that frustrated me. It advertises itself as a dystopian, alien-invasion science fiction novel. And while it's most certainly a dystopian and there seem to be aliens, it's by no means a science fiction novel. Instead it's a melding of dystopian alien with fantasy, yet it refuses to acknowledge that.

Science is one thing. Magic is another entirely. I love them both but you have to know which one you are writing. Key to this novel are these things called"artifacts"
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Midnight City is the first novel in an enthralling new dystopian series set in the ruins of North America following an alien invasion. The adult population has been taken by the Assembly, who wait in the shadows for the Tone to take the teenagers and children that remain. Only those who are Heedless can avoid the fate of the Tone.

The story follows Holt Hawkins, a Heedless bounty hunter who is chasing after Mira Toombs. Sparks fly in their initial meeting, as Mira outwits Holt an
I was hoping for a bit more from this book, but it wasn't too bad overall. The main drawback was I felt as though I never really connected with the characters. I especially thought Holt's character was somewhat forced.

There were a couple of times when I got caught up in the action and couldn't wait to read more. I was a bit spooked by the scene where Holt sees the human claw marks on the walls in the pharmacy. Overall, I thought the story was quite original. I loved the Landships and the float
Kerry Nietz
I've read quite a few dystopian novels lately (...check my reviews...) and I have to say I think "Midnight City" is one of the best. It is wildly imaginative. Yes, there is a touch of John Christopher's "Tripod" series here, along with a bit of H.G. Wells's "War of the Worlds," some "A Boy and His Dog", and even a little "Night of the Living Dead," but from those pieces J. Barton Mitchell has stitched together a truly unique story world.

The main characters of Holt, Mira, Zooey, and dog Max are g
I hate really good books, I go through them so fast...
The story takes place about 10 years after some Aliens called the Assembly have come, reduced the adult population to zombies and taken them off someplace and children are left to run the place, battling the aliens and the Tone, some kind of mind control wave that seems to get them when they turn adult.
Let's see, Holt, an immune (to the Tone) young 20 something is a bounty hunter, his target is Mira and he plans on getting her, turning her in
Kendell Jordan
This is the first book in his Conquered Earth series, and I have to say I can’t wait for the next book. The way the author combined so many different fantasy and science fiction attributes was amazing. I would have to say this is an excellent combination of War of the Worlds meets Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, a lone and a rare human on a future Earth that has been taken over by an alien invasion. 10 years ago, the Assembly invaded earth. Their ships drove into the
Originally posted @ Black Lilies Are Deadly

I first learned about “Midnight City” through one of the blogs I frequently visit and upon seeing the cover, and reading its description, I just knew I had to read it and I’m definitely glad I did. I loved this book from the first chapter and that didn't change at any point in the story.

The pace of the book is very fast and action packed. Even when it’s “slow”, there’s always something happening which, in my case, means I was never bored. The author was
Katie (Books and Katie)


Holt promised Emily that he would do whatever it took to survive. Or else, everything she did for him would have been in vain. So, he cuts himself off from all emotional attachments, except for his loyal dog, and does everything he can to keep his promise.

It isn't until he goes on one bounty hunting job and ends up with a nine year-old girl who only remembers her name, and his hunting prize- a girl who, once handed in, will give him the money he needs to head out and away from the t
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 4.5
(it would have been a five if the author hadn't made (view spoiler)).

Okay so other than that this book is pretty amazing.
The only thing i didnt like was when they were "traveling" ho
Julie Cross
Midnight City hooked me right from the moment Holt first tries to capture Mira and takes her prisoner only to realize he's dealing with a girl who's got some serious survival skills. The two characters are complete equals, more than any other fictional co-star team I've read and yet they're enemies. I knew exactly what would happen with Mira and Holt's instant chemistry and yet, I had to read on just to watch this amazing, action packed journey, both emotional and physical, unfold.

And the best p
Let me just first say this book was excellent! There's a funny story behind how I came to own this book. It came to me in the mail, but I didn't order it, I didn't win it, and I didn't swap for it. I'd like to thank the book faerie for this one, because I honestly probably would never have picked this book up on my own and that would be a shame. This is one of the best YA fiction novels I have ever read. The characters are personable and easy to relate to. There isn't a horrifying amount of teen ...more
Roberto Mattos
This is a very well written book, with an intense story on loyalty, friendship, love and survival. The plot is quite simple and will keep you hooked from the first page to the end. Our hero is called Holt. He is a bounty hunter that has as his companion his dog named Max, and the currently highest prize is Mira Toombs, a treasurer seeker and freebooter. Earth was conquered eight years before by aliens and their domination is based on the transmission of a signal that they broadcast all over call ...more
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I was hesitant to pick this one up since dystopians aren't usually my thing, but I was interested in the dynamic between a bounty hunter and his prey, and how the summary seemed to promise something different, something that would have me falling head over heels for the dystopian genre. Having read it, I'm so glad my spidey senses tingled. With its engaging writing style, depth-defying world and lovable characters, Midnight City is a disti
B. McMichael
In this sci-fi dystopian world, all of the adults are gone and the children are left to run the world. Holt is a bounty hunter with a price on his head but with a way out- if he can actually catch and keep the wanted Mira. Unfortunately, along the way, Holt and Mira find a child that changes everything. Now can they actually accomplish their goals to be free and keep the child safe at the same time.

This book is a well thought out world. The author piles down layer after layer in this future worl
This. This. This.
That's all I can really say. I just absolutely ADORED Midnight City and it was a great first alien-invasion book! Because, honestly. Are alien invasions usually interesting? Not to me. They sound to cheesy and cliche. But when I heard about Midnight City? I hesitantly took a chance on it. And oh my goodness! It was just amazing and stunning and nothing like I expected! Just, in a good way of course!

The plot was so the best part of this novel. It was SO action-packed and I just
It’s pretty unlikely to come across an alien book in YA fiction, which is part of the reason why I was so curious about Midnight City. I was also still catching up on Doctor Who when I picked this book up, so I guess you could say I was in a si-fi mood. Never the less, this book proved to be an interesting read with an easy-to-follow plot and an undeniably great mix of futuristic tech, alien life forms, unexpected mini villains, an interesting take on post-apocalyptic society and an unexpected r ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
I received a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway, here on Goodreads. This review originally posted to my blog:

Midnight City is a science-fantasy novel set in a dystopian future where aliens have conquered earth. When the aliens invaded, they were able to subdue the human population through the use of a strong telepathic signal called the Tone. However, the signal only works on people once they’ve reached adulthood. The result is that children

Midnight City is one of those books that yeah you can list under Dystopian with a bit of Alien Invasion but to me it really took the best of both of those genres. The dystopian aspect had that ‘I remember what life was like before...the bad thing happen’. You get that sense of desperation, how people change, and that destruction of what is taken for granted. The Alien Invasion had that really creepy feeling, similar to the ‘War of the Worlds’ with the walkers with claws that reach and sna
Stefan Eveline
Mira is a badass heroine clever and brave and very protective with Zoey.She believe in frienship.She felt safe with Holt because he is is kind with her and save her when she needs him.
Holt is clever smart and have a strong personality. Holt is very protective with his dog Max and Max is like a true friend for him and he save him.He lost his sister ans his mother because of the aliens.He has a gift .He is Huelles that means he is immune to the Tone.He fell in love with Mira and he will do anyth
I really really like this book it was sooo good. I enjoyed it from the very beginning to the very last page. What a book !! I like all the characters, the captivating world-building, the non stop action and my favorite the humor throughout the book. If you like dystopian and scifi books you should definitely try this book. New fan of Mr. MItchell; love his writing style.
I read it in one sitting. I liked Holt, the Max, and Zoey and want to read the next one to find out more about her.
Picture the world as we know it gone. In its place is a wasteland and only the children are left. The Earth was conquered by the Assembly, who in turn infected Earth's inhabitants with the Tone. The Tone is a telekinetic mind control that turns the victim's eyes solid black and the victim hears static voices. All of the adults were infected and turned into mindless zombies who started walking towards the nearest Assembly ship. The children are also infected but are able to fight off the Tone unt ...more
Angela C
I expected this novel to be a little edgier than it turned out to be. In most dystopian novels, survivors are, by necessity, rough, tough and a little (or a lot) dangerous. When life as one knows it ends, there is no room for pleasantries, and the harsher sides of humanity are exposed. For this reason, I anticipated a much cruder backdrop for Midnight City.

In my mind, I guess I pictured a world similar to the one in the movie Book of Eli, in which all food and water is controlled by manipulative
I liked this book very much, it was very well written and the characters were well created. In most books, the main girl is like snobby or really stubborn to a point of annoyance. Mira was badass yet smart and sensitive. She's great. All the characters were. 2/3 through the book I started feeling bored with it. I felt like I stopped reading the book for anticipation but more on the need to just finish it. The writing started dragging on and it just felt.. Long. Like a person telling a long story ...more
Great premise, but falls short on delivery. I think the idea would have been a lot better if Mitchell were describing the events happening immediately after the Tone begins to carry all of the world's adults (myself included)away; we do get to see a little bit of this but not enough to get a solid picture of it.

What we do get to read about in 'Midnight City' is what happens eight or so years after this events where the children who have been lucky enough to survive the initial takeover have form
This was unexpectedly amazing? I thought it'd be another typical YA dystopia (which I love, don't get me wrong) and disappoint me in one way or another (coughs at Divergent) but IT DIDN'T! It's the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy.

I LOVED THE CHARACTERS. I like Holt and Mira's begrudging partnership, I like how they both treat Zoey, and I like that in the midst of all these battles and danger, they still make fun of each other.
I LOVE THAT IN THE END (view spoiler)
4.5 out of 5 stars

I found this book and a discount shelf at my local book store and after reading some reviews I thought I would give it a chance. I'm sure glad that I did because I think it's one of my favourite dystopian reads. Overall I found it to be an exciting, fast paced, well written novel. I do think it is more fantasy than science fiction, however I didn't find this to be a problem because I enjoy fantasy reads. There were some aspects of the book where I had to suspend my disbelieve
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