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Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  17,346 Ratings  ·  783 Reviews
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. A
Library Binding, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Eos
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Cindy Newton
This was just okay to me. I don't know--maybe asking this to follow Middlemarch was just to set it up for failure. It was just okay. The writing is fine, the plot moves along well, there are several tense situations and last-minute rescues, and the antagonists are creepy. I really like Scott Westerfeld, so I definitely think it's just me. If you like YA, an interesting premise, or Scott Westerfeld, don't let me hold you back. Go on--read--enjoy!
Mar 04, 2008 Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to impress. It's one of those books that you find it hard to put down once you pick it up. I confess to putting in movies for my kids so they'd leave me alone & staying up way too late at night to read this one. I think I read the entire thing in 2 days, which is impressive for someone with 3 little kids.

This book goes further into the relm of midnight, without rehashing any of the difficulties overcome in the last book. It brought a whole new aspect into the Blue Time
Dec 04, 2009 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Changing this one to a four because I don't think it was as great as other books I've given five stars - however, it was a solid second installment to the Midnighters series and did leave me eagerly awaiting the next one.

One thing I remember about this book was its superb characterization. While the first book laid out the framework of the characters' personalities, Touching Darkness took their interpersonal relationships above and beyond. Bravo, Westerfeld.
May 29, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelline e mezzo.

Questo libro è stato ancora meglio del primo!

Ora, cercherò di essere schematica:
- Stile di scrittura: valgono le stesse cose che ho scritto nella recensione del primo libro della serie, "L'ora Segreta". Westerfeld ha una capacità descrittiva davvero magistrale e ho apprezzato, in particolar modo, l'analisi psicologica dei personaggi e i lati scientifici dell'intera faccenda. Troppi scrittori, quando provano a scrivere di materie scientifiche, molto spesso non sanno nemmeno c
Westerfield brings the grey area in this second book in the Midnighters series. Weeks have passed since the culminating events of Book 1, and our heroes are divided and not getting along particularly well. I like that Westerfield does not feel compelled to make all his characters chummy or likable. They're thrust together by circumstances, not friendship, and it shows - as it should. But I did start to really dislike mindcaster Melissa, and I wasn't all that fond of seer Rex, either. This is the ...more
Mitchel Broussard
I don't know what it is about these books, but I can't get into them. Not in the can't-finish-at-all sense (its crazy easy to read, like most of Westerfeld's works), but in the sense of plot and characters. Excluding maybe Dess, I really don't like any of the midnighters. They all kinda bore me. She was the only interesting one with her obsession in finding out more about the secret hour via, well, crazy ass math skillz.

I would say this one is better than the first, just because we get more expl
Apr 03, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love it when the second book is better than the first. I'm starting book 3 today!

Main annoyances: Why does everyone treat Melissa like crap? They call her a bitch behind her back and act like she's so high and mighty. I didn't really see that. I mean, sure, she's not the easiest person to get along with, she's a little standoffish, and she can be snarky. She's not a fan of touching anyone ever. But why? Because she hears the thoughts of not just herself but everyone. If she touches someone, it's intimate and invasive for both of them because she is privy to all their thought
Fábio Ventura
Mar 18, 2010 Fábio Ventura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“No Limiar das Trevas” é o segundo volume da trilogia de fantasia urbana de Scott Westerfeld, “Midnighters”. Passadas cerca de duas semanas depois dos acontecimentos de “A Hora Secreta”, os cinco midnighters continuam a sua demanda para descobrir todos os segredos por detrás da misteriosa hora azul, especialmente depois da descoberta do poder especial de Jessica. Mas a complexidade e as conspirações em torno da 25ª hora, darklings e própria História de Bixby adquirem uma dimensão muito maior que ...more
I had a hard time getting into this one. I realized that I remembered very little about the first (it's been a couple of years) other than the basic details that they were kids, born at the stroke of midnight, fighting ancient evil. But it took me a bit to get back into the characters, especially because I didn't remember them being this obnoxious. I mean, sure they're teenagers, forming new relationships, and with the heavy burden of their gifts. But none of them actually seem to get along, and ...more
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Kenzie Kathleen
Mar 02, 2012 Kenzie Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica and Jonathan are a great pair. Love the series.
Jan 04, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first book was pretty good, but I really enjoyed this one. I read both of the books in a span of 48 hours. I'm now waiting for the third one at the library.
Mar 24, 2017 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel I read for Unit Four was Midnighters: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld. In Bixby Oklahoma for one hour every night time freezes, everything and everyone stops. That is everyone except the Midnighters. Following the conclusion of the first book, Midnighter: The Secret Hour, Jessica Day is still getting use to life in her new school and life in the secret hour, but at least she can protect herself with her new found powers, bringing fire into the Blue Time. But now it seems like the ...more
May 08, 2017 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm positive I read this!
Eliza Reader & Reviewer
Oh, good Lord. THIS. BOOK.

I wasn't really going to read it. I think I read the first one in the trilogy, The Secret Hour, at some point last fall, without much enthusiasm. It seemed okay, I guess, but not good enough to spark an interest and make me want to read the rest. However, yesterday I didn't know what books to pick at the bookstore, so I decided I'd give this series a go; mostly because I am rather well acquainted with Westerfeld's works, and so far his talent has always amazed me. Well,
Well, it was good. Probably because I liked the storyline from the first book, and Westerfeld uses really interesting myths, words and details, so I was not bored with silly and cliché love stories. Besides, he uses different points of view. Jessica (in this book she is not a main character, which is a really good decision), Rex (he is the main character here, but the good thing is that his story is about life choices, scandals, past etc. NOT about feelings even if he has ones for Melissa), Desd ...more
First Look:4/5 I wasn't sure what I'd think of this book. The first one was pretty good, but not great, and the second book in a trilogy is usually my least favorite.

Setting: 4/5 It's an average little town that...isn't quite so average. Somehow I like it better during the midnight hour.

Characters:4/5 I liked all of the midnighters, except for Jessica. She's such a Mary Sue, and doesn't really have much personality. I liked the others, though, especially Dess. Her mind works in such weird, uniqu
Sep 11, 2010 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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Jul 01, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, no promises on how good this review will be. I just finished reading the third book, and my mind's kinda full of that storyline right now. But I'll try.

The whole plot line with Anathea/Rex and the halfling thing was really, really clever. The idea of someone who unwittingly understands the lore and makes it possible for Darklings to act on it is incredible. Brilliant thinking for that one.

Madeleine was kind of weird, I thought. I never understood how she could be in a "dead spot" of the Bl
Meneesha Govender
In the first of the Midnighters series we meet the Midnighters themselves and learn what Jessica’s special power is and why the darklings and slither fear her.
In the second of the extremely fast-paced trilogy. Jessica and Jonathan realise that others, normal people, knew about them and are stalking them.
The darklings are a also bigger threat and appear to be growing in strength, biding their time until they are able to strike and take over the midnight hour.
The Midnighters are in more danger tha
Jan 05, 2012 fenrir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Nov 20, 2014 Enzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Touching Darkness" follows up on "Midnighters" almost immediately. Jessica having discovered she is light bringer, torch user is a powerful and deadly midnighter that the Darklings feared. But its Dess who keeps discovering more about the Midnight hour and how it affects all of them including the town of Bixby itself.
This book never lets off the accelerator giving us almost continuous action which is very cool. Jessica is being stalked by some unknown party. Rex and Melissa are finding love an
I can't say that I enjoyed this book overall as much as the first one. It was just hard for me to get into at first. I can say that I enjoyed the way Westerfield fleshed out all of the characters he had established in the first book. I don't think I liked Melissa at all in the first book, and she's basically become one of my favorite characters now. Jonathan will always be my baby, though. He's the best, and I loved how this book ended. Hee. And Dess is always, always cool. Math is badass and yo ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Not a bad followup. And given that I read book 1 months ago, pretty easy to follow. Not nearly as much to introduce so mostly it was character and story. The individual characters are recognizably different from each other. It'd be nice to see a different pov. Still is kind of a superhero book, but in this one that was a little bit more ignore-able. But nothing too impressive. 3.5 of 5.
Eureca Laurice
Mar 18, 2013 Eureca Laurice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hey-ya, urban-fantasy
Nothing beats the ending line.

I wonder why I always like Scotts 2nd book. But anyway, it just my second time reading his series.

I like it But it took me too long to finish this, since I read atleast 4 books in interval. and nevertheless, I like the result. Me missing this kind of world. Hmn.. I'll do that reading in between more often, so I could refresh my world once.

So what I'm talking about is that, I like it.

The story is getting interesting. Yet I'm not excited about it. But nonetheless I li
Still enjoying these, mostly for the characters. However, (view spoiler) I am hoping that becomes rather more nuanced in book three.
Veronica Morfi
May 26, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the second book, Darklings and Slithers are not the only ones after the Midnighters, humans are starting to get involved in a dangerous chase and a secret from a long lost Midnighter comes to the surface.

Now it's not only Jessica that is in danger, but it seems that another Midnighter is of great importance to the humans.

A great continuation of the first book. It sets the stage for the final one!
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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.

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“I expect that you must receive top marks at school, young lady."
Madeleine smiled as she stirred her tea. "There are always rewards for those who state the obvious frequently and with conviction.”
“It's just been a long week, that's all."
"It's monday night, Jess."
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