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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...more
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Published April 12th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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.

“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...more
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
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
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...more
"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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Hiroshi Sasaki
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

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...more
Alex Entz
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...more
Ending was a bit confusing but other than that a really really good book! (:
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
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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
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
Hafsah Laziaf
"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
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
Alexis Villalobos
Thirteen Days to Midnight is a book filled with action, suspense, love, supernatural powers,etc. I really love how he starts off with an simple question:"If you could have one super power, what would it be?" After that little question, he runs with it. The book starts with Jacob who is returning to Holy Cross. His friend,Milo,is trying to get Jacob in the swing of things.once Milo tells Jacob about the new girl in town, he is hooked. He meets Ophelia James, a daring and beautiful girl. It first...more
Meagan Wadden
This book is about a boy named Jacob and he finds out when his foster dad, Mr. Fielding died he transferred a super power to Jacob. Invincibility. He and his friend Milo meet the new girl at school: Oh, and they try to figure out the power together throughout the book; where did it come from? Why did Jacob have it? What exactly could it do? And to what extreme. Then Oh suggests they use to power to save other people other then them; after each life they save the power grows stronger but they do...more
Cara (Chasing Words)
Thirteen Days to Midnight is, in one word, incredible.

The story opens with our protag., Jacob, returning to his private school, Holy Cross, after a week long break due to a traumatic event. A few pages after this scene I realized that my eyes were glued to the novel and weren't, not even for sleep, going anywhere. Carman's characters draw you in and the intensity of the plot keeps you there.

The adventure Jacob, Milo, & Oh find themselves 'dragged' into is dangerous in the way that motorcycl...more
Ryan Zani
Plot: Jacobs father who adopted him at age 12 just died in a car crash with Jacob driving right before the crash Jacobs father tells Jacob these words "You are indestructible". Jacobs best friend Milo introduces him to a girl her name is Ophelia. They call her Oh and it is love at first sight Oh asks Jacob to sign her cast and Jacob signs "you are indestructible" and Oh gets into a long boarding accident that should have killed her but she got up without a scratch on her and they set off to find...more
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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...more
Thirteen Days to Midnight, by Patrick Carman, is a suspenseful novel that makes you turn your pages with nervousness. He describes Jacob, the protagonist, so much that you get what he went through just like that. Meeting Oh, a beautiful blond and love of his life, Jacob finds out that he has this mysterious "power". After his mentor, Me.Fielding, passes away he wondered about the words that he said to him. "you are indestructable". Through many conflicts and twists, Jacob, his bestfriend Milo,...more
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
This is a book that slams right out of the gate. Jacob asks what superheroic power you would want, and then tells some of the disadvantages of some popular powers. He then describes how he came to have his particular power and what trouble it brought him. Much of his experience revolves around his friend Milo and new romantic interest Oh. It gets downright creepy near the end, though a backstory involving a famous magician adds definite interest. Things get extremely violent, and personally I wo...more
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
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Jacob Fielding discovers that before his death, his foster father passed on the gift/curse of immortality. Unsuspectingly, Jacob has passed on the gift to his new girlfriend and with this discovery, they play with their new power and try to help save people's lives. But before they know it, they are in over their head.
The book naturally develops the plot, building up the suspense to its climax. But somehow, it wraps up a bit fast. In a frenetic pace that matches the mood, but might disappoint re...more

The main idea of Thirteen Days To Midnight is super powers. Ophelia, the new girl, is sweet and daring during the beginning of the novel. Yet every since she found about the "diamond", something changes. Oh becomes very frightening and really scared me! It was terrible what happened at the end and it felt like something was missing, not sure what. This book gives twists and turns in all the write places. A thriller that always has you on the edge, Thirteen Days To Midnight is a odd yet unique n...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...more
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