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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
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Dec 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, magical-realism-ish, ya-teen

The premise of this book is so unique and original. It made for a really interesting read. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually 25 hours in each day. The 25th hour, called the Blue Hour, has been squeezed into one single moment at midnight. Most of us spend this hour frozen in time so that to us it passes in an instant. But there are a select few who are able to remain awake during the Blue Hour and have special powers that flare into being the moment it starts. But there are other creatures that live in the Blue Hour, slithers and darklings, the original nighmares that have haunted human kind from time unknown, and they have started to encroach on the human world and daylight hours.

While I would have liked more lore about the Blue Hour and Midnighters, more world building, I still really enjoyed the book and the premise. The suspenseful build-up to the climactic ending was really well done. (view spoiler) I can't wait to find out what happens in the second book.

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