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Thirteen Days to Midnight

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You are indestructible. Three whispered words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of its implications. But there's something addictive about testing the limits of fear.

Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests that they use the power to do good, to save o
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mario
Aug 23, 2015 Mario rated it really liked it
If you could have only one superpower, what would it be?

This is how the novel started. And it grabbed my attention there, at the very first sentence. And it didn't let go until the very last.

This is a story about Jacob Fielding, a guy who finds out that he has a superpower(s): invincibility and immortality. Cool, right? Well, not so much. After some time he finds out that having a superpower isn't as cool as it seems. And that is because... wait for it...



(so cheesy, I know)

But, all jokes aside,
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Shanan
Jul 11, 2011 Shanan rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-on-blog
In A Nutshell:
This book is not the type I normally read, but I picked it up on the recommendation of a good friend. I am so glad I read Thirteen Days To Midnight. It had action and suspense—I could not put it down. When I was done, I stared at the book and felt as though I had just stepped off a roller coaster.

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“If you could have only one superpower, what would it be?” (p. 3).

This intriguing question frames this story where three words whispered between friends can change every aspect of
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I was so disappointed with this book. The whole thing seemed a little unfocused and a bit random. The whole book just dragged on from start to finish. Jacob finds out that he has a superpower and so he and his two friends, Milo and Ophelia (Oh), decide to play with it and see how far it can take them. Pretty much the whole book consisted of these teenagers harming themselves to see if they can become injured whilst they have the power. After that, they decide to try and save a couple of people b ...more
Nicole

This book was clearly not my usual style. It started really slow. It was really boring. The writing was okay most of the time, but the characters were a disaster.


And I'll tell you why. See we have this 3 kids immature teenagers with this supernatural power. Jacob, a boy, who preferred a girl over his best friend. He only knows her like for twelve days and he's falling for her. Funny I know. And she's crazy.
I didn't like Oh (Ophelia) at all. Maybe she kinda made sense toward the end of the book,

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Shawnasea
Aug 31, 2010 Shawnasea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I finished it.. but it took a lot out of me to keep going. It's just really not very good. The writing is pretty awful. The dialogue is worse, and the plot doesn't really work. Not to mention the oh-so-stellar character development that had me immediately invested in these oh-so-believable characters. blegh. Yeah, really.. THAT bad. I only kept reading because the premise was interesting and I kept telling myself, "Surely, if it's published, it needs to have SOME redeeming quality??" yeah.. ...more
Thomas
Aug 31, 2010 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Thirteen Days to Midnight had the potential to be a mind-blowing read, but did not deliver in terms of plot or character. It was just okay.

Jacob Fielding was an ordinary teen until one night, he and his foster father collide with a tree. His father whispers the words "You are indestructible" to Jacob before passing away. After the accident Jacob discovers he has the power of being literally indestructible - nothing can hurt him or kill him, not even a burning flame. He and his best friend Milo m
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Jennifer
Jul 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I wasn't expecting much and I got what I expected. This was an interesting concept, a little underdeveloped. The characters were immature and predictable. I would have probably enjoyed this more if I'd have read it as a teenager.
H
Jan 04, 2012 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superpowers
This was reaaaallll dark. A wee bit creepy-ish, a wee bit chilling, but mostly dark. Thank goodness it wasn't that long or too elaborate, because I don't know how much I would be able to handle. The tension in the book was impeccable. It keeps the story perpetually moving, it keeps you compelled to want to read more. A little violent, but bearable.

When I first started the book, I didn't really know what to expect. Okay, I expected the book to be dark (come on, the cover page, the number "thirtee
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Rose
Dec 22, 2010 Rose rated it really liked it
"Thirteen Days to Midnight" is a thrilling, intuitive look about how much having too much power without exploring its limitations can have dire consequences. Jacob Fielding is a fifteen year old who's in the aftermath of healing from the unexpected and tragic death of his guardian. Returning to his private school, he deals with his best friend Milo, his rival Ethan, and a new girl that completely attracts him in looks and demeanor (Orphelia, a.k.a Oh).

Things become complicated when Jacob reveals
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Bobbie
This book is the story of three sixteen/fifteen year olds who discover that the MC has the power of "invincibility" and my nine year old brother has a higher maturity level then Stupid One, Stupid Two, and Stupid Three.

I didn't get this book. I didn't get it one little bit. I wanted to get it. I mean it involves Death. It sounded deliciously weird and awesome.

And it wasn't. -_-

What I got instead was a story filled with thirteen days of: parents or parent figures letting Stupid One, Stupid Two, a
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Anne

Did you ever feel weird after reading a book? I mean, in a not-so-good way? Because uh.. that's what I felt after reading this book. I read in one-sitting but I just... WTF HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS!!!!

First point: WHERE THE HELL ARE THE PARENTS? Seriously? Why are they letting their stupid children go do stupid things?

Second point: The characters. I like the main character. The best friend was pretty cool too. The girl was just plain annoying. But they all have one thing in common: they're all stu
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Chris
I thought I would like this book a lot more than I did. Jacob Fielding survives a car crash that kills his foster father. Just before the crash his gaurdian turns to Jacob and says, "You are indestructable." And he is. Not only does he have the power to beat the Grim Reaper, his has the ability to pass it to someone else, protecting them, although he becomes vulnerable in the process. When he and his friends Milo and Ophelia (Oh) discover this, they set about trying to save others. The "force" t ...more
~Tina~
Apr 11, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
...Jacob Fielding didn't want any powers, nor did he even know that his foster dad even had it. One fateful day, there was a car accident. The last thing Jacob's dad said to him was You are indestructible before the car hit the tree and he died...and Jacob lived.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Jacob Fielding sure as hell wouldn't have picked this one...

Thirteen Days to Midnight is a fascinating, thought provoking story, that i
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Jade Fey
May 01, 2010 Jade Fey rated it it was ok
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Dayla
This review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7


Thirteen Days to Midnight, by Patrick Carman is a young adult novel that follows orphan Jacob Fielding after his guardian's death and the legacy that is left for him. The premise of this novel is what drew me in since I was curious to see what Jacob experiences and his apparent connection with death. While Carman introduces his character in a pretty neat way, his story wasn't what I was anticipating.

"You are indestructible. Three whispered
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Hiroshi Sasaki
Jan 10, 2011 Hiroshi Sasaki rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Starts off with a good premise, a la Claire, the cheerleader from the TV show Heroes. Great quotable first page (after the preface):"If you could have only one superpower, what would it be? People get asked that question all the time, but hardly anyone I've asked has a logical answer. I'm surprised by how often people answer flying because when you really stop to think about it, flying is dangerous as hell. Just figuring out how to do it right would more than likely involve slamming into a build ...more
Jordan
Feb 22, 2013 Jordan rated it it was ok
It was alright. It felt to me like it was building up the whole time for nothing. The idea was cool, but I kind of thought he'd be going on this mission to see why he was indestructable and find out he had some superpower, but this wasn't the case. It was more him saving people and seeing what limits it had the entire time, and it never quite took off for me. There was also aspects that seemed really rushed and underdeveloped to the point of half-done, like Jacob and Ophelia's relationship. It s ...more
K
Apr 28, 2010 K rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I liked Jacob as the lead in this book; his friendship with Milo, his memories of Mr. Fielding, and his life as a teen dropped into a Catholic school living in a church house full of priests. I was pretty intrigued with the whole mysterious superpower bit. I even appreciated the Pacific Northwest setting. But I *could not* stand Oh. Even before there was an explanation for her dark behavior, she was a creepy chick. The prevailing thought I had throughout her interactions with Jacob was an incred ...more
Aju
Apr 11, 2015 Aju rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Aju by: found it in the libary

If preternatural capability were not the field of science-fiction,what would you want your ability to be? Here is the catch you only can have one power.Jacob Fielding is your typical guy but he has a revolutionary power that got transferred to him.You are indestructible, that was the last word Jacob's father said to him but what Jacob didn't know at the time is the that same phrase would turn his world upside down.

Jacob's friend Milo has a friendship with Ophelia James AKA Oh a new arrival t
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Eric Kneisler
Oct 29, 2014 Eric Kneisler rated it really liked it
Thirteen Days to Midnight
By Patrick Carman
Genre: Science Fiction/fantasy

I liked reading this book. It has an interesting story line. There were funny things, sad things, and scary things that happened. It had a lot of adventure and suspense, too.

Setting: Salem, Oregon, a Catholic high school, Coffin Books library (Milo's dad's store) The setting of the rainy streets of Salem made the story more creepy and made characters seem more remote and alone.

Characters:
Jacob Fielding - foster child, na
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Alex Entz
May 16, 2014 Alex Entz rated it it was amazing
Thirteen Days to Midnight
by: Patrick Carman
Review by Alex Entz
In the book Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman, Jacob Fielding, the main character, is a foster child who travels from home to home. Once he enters high school he is officially taken into care from a man named Mr. Fielding who is like a father to him, though they never got to spend enough time together to truly bond. One year after Jacobs adoption when Jacob and Mr. Fielding were on another one of their annual road trips
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Dalila
Mar 30, 2015 Dalila rated it really liked it
Do you like books that involved people who have superpowers in it and have to make hard choices? Well if you do this is the book for you. This book is fiction.

This book is about a kid named Jacob Fielding He thinks he's somewhat different then others. He realizes he has gotten a curse from his father after they get into a terrible car crash.His father dies but Jacob lives somehow because he has to power to live through out anything that can hurt him. Jacob goes to this Holy cross school to live
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Jazzy
Feb 18, 2014 Jazzy rated it it was amazing
Ending was a bit confusing but other than that a really really good book! (:
Josey
Feb 02, 2015 Josey rated it it was ok
Thirteen Days ‘till Midnight. Suspense, romance, comedy. This book was an ok one, but not one of the best I’ve read.This book was about a boy named Jacob who wanted to live a normal life, but his adopted dad died and Jacob found out he had a super power given to him by his deceased father. So Jacob goes through a bunch of test to figure out what his superpower is, then he finally does.

The book didn't have no action pact moments like were the person jumped off a cliff or a character dies. A con t
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Christine
Mar 01, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok

"If you could have one superpower, what would it be?"



I read the plot and the first chapter of this book expecting something that's quite unique and fascinating. It's actually a shame that I got the complete opposite. This book had the potential to be brilliant--if only the author executed it better. The author was new to me--I'm only at the third book of the 39 clues series and the one he's written was the fifth, and I've also never read a plot nor anything of his other books and series. So yes,
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Danny
Dec 14, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
I have just recently finished the book Thirteen Days To Midnight, and I must say it kept we awake all night even though I did not have to do so. It is a book you read through the eyes of a teenage boy who has a hidden secret. I connected well to the book and I believe that many other people will be able to do so as well. The main Characters name is Jacob, and he has spent most of his time moving from foster house to foster house, until he met Mr. Fielding. He settled down with him and met Milo, ...more
Michelle
Sep 04, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Not an entirely new concept for a book Carman has taken it, made it his own, and done so with heart and depth. In his version of being indestructible, of being superhuman, Carman sets an eery tone without inching into what could be the makings of a true horror story. Demonstrating the use of such power for primarily benevolent purpose (again not a new twist) as compared to personal gain is what made the story. I don’t want to spoil the twists and turns but I will say that the battle between good ...more
Chelsey
Aug 13, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was ok
Meh.
Well this book was alright. It had a really interesting premise about superpowers and what you do if you had the ability to save people. There were a lot of deep questions that were explored about playing God and yada yada yada.
So why the lack of enthusiasm? It could be because it is 1 AM and I am literally a zombie right now……. it's been one of those nights when I'm up reading…. not because the book was so good but because I wanted to finish it. Not the most positive thing to say in a
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Hafsah Faizal
Sep 11, 2010 Hafsah Faizal rated it really liked it
"You are indestructible." Those are the last words Mr. Fielding says to his adopted son, Jacob, before they crash into a tree doing sixty. Mr. Fielding dies, and miraculously, Jacob leaves the scene without a scratch. A few weeks later, Jacob returns to Holy Cross, the decaying Catholic school he attends, where his best friend Milo greets him by saying there's a new girl in town. There are hardly ever any new enrollments at Holy Cross, just students leaving for the new South Ridge High, so this ...more
Chelsea
Mar 13, 2010 Chelsea rated it liked it
Jacob has a secret. A secret power, to be more specific. Moments before he and Mr. Fielding got into a car accident, his caretaker told him he was indestructible. Nothing can hurt him. He's never told anyone about it. Then the new girl Ophelia comes to town and suddenly he's told both her and his best friend Milo about it. The three of them set out to learn more about Jacob's power and the rules that govern it. But as time goes by, Jacob feels a sinister dark creeping in and Ophelia begins actin ...more
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P
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