The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1)
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The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1)

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Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Mi

Paperback, UK edition, 276 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by ATOM (first published February 19th 2004)
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This is the best book by him!!! (even though i have only read this book by him!!!)
Just finished this trilogy and I really liked it. It's premise is that there are actually 25 hours in each day but only those born on the stroke of midnight can live in that secret hour. To everyone else it passes in an instant. Those who live in that hour are born with special abilities to help combat the various nasties who also live there. Fun read. If it was a movie it would be PG-13 for language. No "F" word, no sex but more swearing than I would prefer.
Book 12/2010

Gah. This book was recommended by someone whose opinion I truly value, even if only because she knows absolutely everything about evety book ever written. So I guess I really wanted to like this book. I expected something huge, and I only got... something not-so-huge.

For starters, I like the whole premise of the 25th hour, I wouldn't have thought of it and I kinda wish I had, so there. Scott Westerfeld wins right there. Now. He shouldn't have named his characters something as epic as...more
Wendy Darling
What a cool concept! For one secret extra hour each night, a small group of teenagers is able to move about freely--even though the rest of the town around them is frozen in time. What's going on? Why is the town like this? What do the evil darklings want with Jessica Day, the new girl in town?

I really enjoyed this book. The idea is incredibly intriguing, and I liked the descriptions of focus/out of focus, the kids' purple eyes, the wondrous flying, the injections of humor, and the beautiful nig...more
"The Secret Hour", the first book of the Midnighters series, is about Jessica Day who just moved to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Of course she has to worry about the average teenager things - fitting in and making new friends, adjusting to the atmosphere of the place, and even avoiding some new gossip. However, things get even more difficult when she realizes that every day actually has 25 hours, not 24. The secret 25th hour takes place at the stroke of midnight, and for an extra hour only...more
Jul 30, 2007 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of YA
On her first night in Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen year old Jessica Day learns that for her, time stops for on hour every night at midnight. In what she calls "the secret hour", rain, people, smoke, everything stops as the world is bathed in a blue light and a different moon arcs across the sky. She soon learns that she's not alone in the midnight hour, but shares it with four other teenagers from town as well as shadowy creatures called "darklings." Apparently docile before her arrival, the darklin...more
Well, the description on the back was far more intriguing than the actual story inside. I was left pretty unimpressed by the story and the characters. It was not awful and it was easy to read and a nice original idea but it was missing the kind of spark that takes a book from 'okay' to 'compelling' for me. It mostly just lacked any sort of focused. The story just felt very jumpy and bitty to me. It was also packed full of YA clichés such as the-new-interesting-girl-moving-to-the-tiny-high school...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I LOVE this series. Although the Uglies/Pretties/Specials/Extras series is more popular, I actually like this series better. It's about five teenagers who are the only people that can move during "the secret hour", when everything else in their town freezes at midnight. Although a bit weird, the story is very exciting and the characters are well-developed. Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors, and these books did not disappoint me.
Some of the kids here, especially girls, having been reading this Midnighters series. Not bad for kiddie fantasy, but not much meat. A bit Twilight-ish. Good for me to know what the kids are reading and be able to talk about it, but not something I'd recommend to adults unless you're looking for some reluctant reader material or another fantasy series for those who have gone through everything else you can think of.
Non proprio malaccio come inizio, ma la verità è che mi aspettavo qualcosa di meglio.
Sono capitata per puro caso davanti a questo libro e quando ho letto brevemente la trama ho subito voluto leggerlo. Voglio dire.. una venticinquesima ora che scatta a mezzanotte? mostri scuri e un solo gruppo di ragazzi che può combatterli? ehi, Persona 3 è uno dei miei giochi preferiti da quand'è che è diventato un libro?
Solo che di Persona questo libro alla fin fine ha ben poco. L'idea di base è buona appunt...more
Becca Jane
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The one where everything freezes for an hour at midnight, except for some teenagers with special talents and some fantastic beasts that are hunting them.

This bears about the same relationship to real speculative fiction that paranormal romance does. Which is to say, there may be conditions contrary to fact, but they don't provide a new perspective on the real world; they're just there to play certain roles in what might as well be a mundane story. The darklings might as well have been wolves or...more
This book made me really glad that I was born at 8 am!

I'm not really sure what to say about this book.

The premise is that there used to be 25 hours in the day and the 25th hour was removed from normal life by the creatures that make up our nightmares when we started to fight back. Now the creatures are only "alive" during that one lost hour, when everyone else is frozen. But people who were born at midnight are still alive/awake in the hour and can move about. They also have some cool power dur...more
Veronica Morfi
Jessica is a typical 16-year-old girl, who happens to be born at midnight. This doesn’t mean anything to her until the day she moves with her family to Bixby. Soon she discovers that she and a few others, the Midnighters, are able to live one extra hour every midnight, while everyone else is frozen. This is all fun until she learns that they are not the only ones moving through midnight. Darklings and Slithers are coming after her and she has to be protected.

The first book is introducing us to t...more
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Here's the review I wrote for my school newspaper!

When Jessica Day moves from Chicago to the small town of Bixby, Oklahoma, she’s expecting a change. But she never could’ve imagine a world like the one she finds herself in. because, in Bixby, there are 25 hours in the day. But normal humans don’t know of the secret hour- they simply freeze for one hour at midnight. Every night. They cannot tell that an hour has passed for the special few who can live in the extra hour. There people were born exa...more
What if, for one hour a day, the entire world was frozen in motion - except for you? Oh, and a whole slew of terrifying creatures?? This is what Jessica Day finds out soon after moving to Bixby, Oklahoma. What she thought were terrifyingly real "dreams" make her suddenly very eager to become friends with the other kids at her new school that seem a

It's a slap-bang premise, I have to admit. To have this space in time where all bets are off, where an ancient and frea-kay set of rules...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
There are good and bad things about this book (and the other 2). I'll start with the positives:
The different perspectives are interesting and helpful with character development. Like those.
The plot is intriguing and suspenseful...and overall pretty good.
I dislike most of the characters- they can be very annoying at times, especially Jessica- though she does get better as the series continues. The only character I ACTUALLY liked (WARNING: SPOLIERS) gets twisted by the darklings...hmmm......more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jessica Day has just moved to Bixby, Oklahoma from Chicago with her family. Still trying to find her niche in the local highschool, she's noticed by a group of students who are very different from your average teens. Not to mention that her dreams at night are becoming very, very vivid--such as the fact that for one hour at midnight, time seems to literally stand still.

Such is the life of the Midnighters, a group of teens who were born at midnight and have the...more
Midnighter is the term used to describe those who were born at the stroke of midnight. Based on its basic concept, the Midnighters series is indeed one of the most original series that I’ve ever come across thus far. Creatively written by the author, Scott Westerfeld, this series is the cross-breed from multiple genres: fantasy, paranormal and science fiction to name a few. With the right combination of suspense element, woven together with some mysteries, lore and a dash of romance, the Midnigh...more
I have to admit, lately my forays into the YA world have not really panned out, so I started this book with no small amount of trepidation. Now that I have finished, I truly regret not buying the whole trilogy at once! While the main plot definitely tied up nicely, there is enough of a cliffhanger that I can't wait to start the sequel!

I loved the premise of a secret 25th hour in the day - I know there are definitely days when I have wished for just a little more time in the day (or even just an...more
Freaks, geeks, new kids, math geniuses, and teenage goths with pictures of Robert Smith in your lockets take heart: there is one place in the world in which, during one precious hour of the day night, you will be sublimely cool, entirely autonomous, uniquely talented, and much better informed than everyone you know.

Where is this place, you ask? Oklahoma. Bixby, Oklahoma: a tiny, desert, suburban, blue collar town where time literally stands still. But in a good way.

Explain more, you say--this s...more
Jessica Day recently just moved into a new town, Bixby in Oklahoma. Jessica struggles to fit into her new school, however, as she continues to adapt and get use to her school enviroment, she comes across other kids who are "different" from the rest. Moreover, While trying to fit into her new school, she encounters several others who're different from the rest of the students. Jessica later learns that she's different too when she experiences the "25th hour". After waking up at midnight, she foun...more
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Ariel Hadley
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This first book in the Midnighters series was a fun ride. The mythology/world of the midnighters was very different and fascinating. Also, the main character is a redhead named Jessica Day- how could he go wrong?
Fiction State Of Mind (Kai Charles)
Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and...more
Wart Hill
I was kind of afraid that, upon rereading, I would find I did not love this as much as I did the first time I read it, however long ago that was. Instead, it is just as wonderful as I remember.

First of all, the characters. All of them are so unique and I love it. I love their different personalities and how they meld and clash - especially Jonathan and Rex. And Melissa. Oh, Melissa. She's so terrifying and tragic. And Dess wins the awesome award. And I love Jessica working hard to figure out wtf...more
Midnight. A mysterious time. A quiet time. An untouchable time.

When Jessica Day moves to the small-town of Bixby, Oklahoma and starts having strange dreams, she thinks it's something in the water. Because every night she wakes up, and everything seems to be frozen. The rain pauses midfall. People are unresponsive. All is silent.

But then the Midnighters find Jessica, and she discovers that it's no dream.

Midnighters, kids born at the exact stroke of midnight. The only people able to access "the b...more
Just started. Intriguing aspects: The very limited bits we know of secret powers, the midnight hour with the new girl, and the semi-psychotic strange things slowly being revealed about the town.

Run-of-the-mill aspects: Normal outcast, but heroic kid hero in the midst of horrible, apathetic classmates.

Finished: Awesome! Westerfeld is just original. Such an interesting concept with some strange archeological facts thrown in for fake historical authenticity. And I am a word nerd and LOVED the wor...more
Angelic Zaizai
Udah selesai Midnighters 1 : The Secret Hour - Scott Westerfeld [/b:]

Menarik sih temanya..
Settingnya di Bixby, Oklahoma ..
Bayangin ada 1 jam extra setiap hari, tapi hanya orang-orang yang disebut MIDNIGHTERS yang mengalami.. di kota itu ada 4 midnighters..
Midnighters itu adalah orang2 yang lahirnya pas jam 12 malem..
Jadi selama 1 jam, semua orang "membeku", kecuali para midnighter dan darklings..
Darklings itu makhluk2 dari jaman ketika human itu masih jadi their breakfast .. jadi dari jaman bat...more
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f...more
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