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Midnight City

(Conquered Earth #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,728 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that th ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 1st 2012)
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Brigid ✩

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An alien race known as the Assembly has taken over the earth. All the adults are gone, having succumbed to a telepathic alien signal called the Tone, but everyone under the age of twenty is still able to resist––which means the fate of the world lies in the hands of teens and children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, pursuing a treasure seeker named Mira Toombs who has a massive price on her head. Holt soon is able to capture her, but t
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3.5 out of 5

I have many, many feelings about this book. A lot of them are good, like: "Ooooh, this is unexpectedly creeeepy!" or "This is an author who can write strong female protagonists!" but, sadly, some are along the lines of: "What the hell is going on?" and "Why aren't any of my questions -- most pertaining to key elements of the plot -- being answered?" There's obviously a lot of imagination and inventiveness going on throughout the nearly 400-p
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Young Adult Fiction these days is split very neatly into multiple genres, multiple “types” and multiple shelves. Yet, every so often a book will come along that doesn’t have one genre, one “type”, or one shelf it belongs to. If anything, it belongs to all genres, all “types” and all shelves. In my opinion, Midnight City is one such novel. While it is primarily a dystopian, it contains its fair bit of supernatural elements, action, survival, and romance. Yet, it w
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
2.5/5 stars

Midnight City is a book that frustrated me. It advertises itself as a dystopian, alien-invasion science fiction novel. And while it's most certainly a dystopian and there seem to be aliens, it's by no means a science fiction novel. Instead it's a melding of dystopian alien with fantasy, yet it refuses to acknowledge that.

Science is one thing. Magic is another entirely. I love them both but you have to know which one you are writing. Key to this novel are these things called"artifacts"
Re-read and just as good as the first time. Great YA dystopian!

Right up there with The 5th Wave. Fantastic.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Lord of the Flies meets War of the Worlds in J. Barton Mitchell's alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world where two teens and a youngc girl with amazing powers must stop the aliens’ mysterious plan

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It’s pretty unlikely to come across an alien book in YA fiction, which is part of the reason why I was so curious about Midnight City. I was also still catching up on Doctor Who when I picked this book up, so I guess you could say I was in a si-fi mood. Never the less, this book proved to be an interesting read with an easy-to-follow plot and an undeniably great mix of futuristic tech, alien life forms, unexpected mini villains, an interesting take on post-apocalyptic society and an unexpected r ...more
Kendell Jordan
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in his Conquered Earth series, and I have to say I can’t wait for the next book. The way the author combined so many different fantasy and science fiction attributes was amazing. I would have to say this is an excellent combination of War of the Worlds meets Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, a lone and a rare human on a future Earth that has been taken over by an alien invasion. 10 years ago, the Assembly invaded earth. Their ships drove into the
I hate really good books, I go through them so fast...
The story takes place about 10 years after some Aliens called the Assembly have come, reduced the adult population to zombies and taken them off someplace and children are left to run the place, battling the aliens and the Tone, some kind of mind control wave that seems to get them when they turn adult.
Let's see, Holt, an immune (to the Tone) young 20 something is a bounty hunter, his target is Mira and he plans on getting her, turning her in
Kerry Nietz
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read quite a few dystopian novels lately (...check my reviews...) and I have to say I think "Midnight City" is one of the best. It is wildly imaginative. Yes, there is a touch of John Christopher's "Tripod" series here, along with a bit of H.G. Wells's "War of the Worlds," some "A Boy and His Dog", and even a little "Night of the Living Dead," but from those pieces J. Barton Mitchell has stitched together a truly unique story world.

The main characters of Holt, Mira, Zooey, and dog Max are g
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 4.5
(it would have been a five if the author hadn't made (view spoiler)).

Okay so other than that this book is pretty amazing.
The only thing i didnt like was when they were "traveling" h
Julie Cross
Midnight City hooked me right from the moment Holt first tries to capture Mira and takes her prisoner only to realize he's dealing with a girl who's got some serious survival skills. The two characters are complete equals, more than any other fictional co-star team I've read and yet they're enemies. I knew exactly what would happen with Mira and Holt's instant chemistry and yet, I had to read on just to watch this amazing, action packed journey, both emotional and physical, unfold.

And the best p
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I was hoping for a bit more from this book, but it wasn't too bad overall. The main drawback was I felt as though I never really connected with the characters. I especially thought Holt's character was somewhat forced.

There were a couple of times when I got caught up in the action and couldn't wait to read more. I was a bit spooked by the scene where Holt sees the human claw marks on the walls in the pharmacy. Overall, I thought the story was quite original. I loved the Landships and the float
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. There was a very interesting storyline and plot, that developed a great story. Many parts in the book were good, and I only disliked the fact that the author switched the character views right when they got to a good part. Very good though, I recommend to anyone.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2017 marked it as never-finished
The story sounds interesting although it was not enough to keep me engaged. Starting this book while I was in school also played a role in my decision to not finish it. Plus, I do not see myself picking it up again.
Nicole Wang
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This. This. This.
That's all I can really say. I just absolutely ADORED Midnight City and it was a great first alien-invasion book! Because, honestly. Are alien invasions usually interesting? Not to me. They sound to cheesy and cliche. But when I heard about Midnight City? I hesitantly took a chance on it. And oh my goodness! It was just amazing and stunning and nothing like I expected! Just, in a good way of course!

The plot was so the best part of this novel. It was SO action-packed and I just
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted @ Black Lilies Are Deadly

I first learned about “Midnight City” through one of the blogs I frequently visit and upon seeing the cover, and reading its description, I just knew I had to read it and I’m definitely glad I did. I loved this book from the first chapter and that didn't change at any point in the story.

The pace of the book is very fast and action packed. Even when it’s “slow”, there’s always something happening which, in my case, means I was never bored. The author was
Destiny Dawn Long
I received a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway, here on Goodreads. This review originally posted to my blog:

Midnight City is a science-fantasy novel set in a dystopian future where aliens have conquered earth. When the aliens invaded, they were able to subdue the human population through the use of a strong telepathic signal called the Tone. However, the signal only works on people once they’ve reached adulthood. The result is that children
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

I was hesitant to pick this one up since dystopians aren't usually my thing, but I was interested in the dynamic between a bounty hunter and his prey, and how the summary seemed to promise something different, something that would have me falling head over heels for the dystopian genre. Having read it, I'm so glad my spidey senses tingled. With its engaging writing style, depth-defying world and lovable characters, Midnight City is a disti
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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As soon as I saw post-apocalyptic and aliens together in the same sentence, I wanted to know more. Midnight City is unlike like anything I have come across before. Part alien invasion. Part post-apocalyptic. Each element blending together to create a read that is completely fresh and original.

Much of Midnight City rested on Mitchell's world creating skills. Before I really got into the read, I began wondering about this world's possibilities. I knew if done right, Midnight City cou
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Midnight City is one of those books that yeah you can list under Dystopian with a bit of Alien Invasion but to me it really took the best of both of those genres.  The dystopian aspect had that ‘I remember what life was like before...the bad thing happen’.  You get that sense of desperation, how people change, and that destruction of what is taken for granted.  The Alien Invasion had that really creepy feeling, similar to the ‘War of the Worlds’ with the walkers with claws that reach and
Roberto Mattos
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book, with an intense story on loyalty, friendship, love and survival. The plot is quite simple and will keep you hooked from the first page to the end. Our hero is called Holt. He is a bounty hunter that has as his companion his dog named Max, and the currently highest prize is Mira Toombs, a treasurer seeker and freebooter. Earth was conquered eight years before by aliens and their domination is based on the transmission of a signal that they broadcast all over call ...more
Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Since I didn't like it, NO ONE.
Recommended to Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad by: St. Martin's Press
** I received a hardcover of this book from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.**

Stopped reading at pg 103.

Okay people,just because so many of you guys liked this book,don't take it out on me.This book had been on my wishlist for a long time.I'm a HUGE fan of apocalypses.I breathe Terminator. So it was only natural that I'd be excited for this one.And more so when a publicist from St.Martin's contacted me and asked me whether I would like to review this book.I said yes without m
B. McMichael
In this sci-fi dystopian world, all of the adults are gone and the children are left to run the world. Holt is a bounty hunter with a price on his head but with a way out- if he can actually catch and keep the wanted Mira. Unfortunately, along the way, Holt and Mira find a child that changes everything. Now can they actually accomplish their goals to be free and keep the child safe at the same time.

This book is a well thought out world. The author piles down layer after layer in this future worl
Billy Dominguez
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love this type of genre and I picked up this book thinking the plot would be great. I mean how could you go wrong by adding on the fact the story is set between pirates, battling aliens, competing factions, powerful artifacts, and humanoids? Well for me the book was a mess and I wanted to put it down multiple times but forced myself to finish it. It was so damn boring!


-There are only less than a handful of main characters so adds to not much dialogue
-The book is 367 pages and t
Stefan Eveline
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mira is a badass heroine clever and brave and very protective with Zoey.She believe in frienship.She felt safe with Holt because he is is kind with her and save her when she needs him.
Holt is clever smart and have a strong personality. Holt is very protective with his dog Max and Max is like a true friend for him and he save him.He lost his sister ans his mother because of the aliens.He has a gift .He is Huelles that means he is immune to the Tone.He fell in love with Mira and he will do anyth
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just first say this book was excellent! There's a funny story behind how I came to own this book. It came to me in the mail, but I didn't order it, I didn't win it, and I didn't swap for it. I'd like to thank the book faerie for this one, because I honestly probably would never have picked this book up on my own and that would be a shame. This is one of the best YA fiction novels I have ever read. The characters are personable and easy to relate to. There isn't a horrifying amount of teen ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really really like this book it was sooo good. I enjoyed it from the very beginning to the very last page. What a book !! I like all the characters, the captivating world-building, the non stop action and my favorite the humor throughout the book. If you like dystopian and scifi books you should definitely try this book. New fan of Mr. MItchell; love his writing style.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read it in one sitting. I liked Holt, the Max, and Zoey and want to read the next one to find out more about her.
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