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Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
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Apr 11, 2011

really liked it
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Read in April, 2011

Thirteen Days to Midnight starts off with a simple (at least a first go) question: What is the best power? Thirteen Days to Midnight tells the compelling story of a boy named Jacob who gains the power of indestructibility.

At first, this seems like an amazing gift to Jacob and his friends, especially when they discover that the power can be "given away" by the owner, but only to one person at any time. Jacob's friend, a girl named Oh, quickly decide that it is their duty to use this power to save lives, and do so: saving a girl lost at sea, two men lost on a frozen mountain, and many others...but everything is not as it seems. When Jacob comes to realize that they are playing with a power they've yet to comprehend, it becomes obvious it may be too late - one of the people Jacob cares about most may already be lost.

This books asks the question: What would it be like to live forever, free of death, injury, sickness? Blessing or curse? Gift, or burden? And what really is the best power?

This is a great book, one many a reader will enjoy - and have on their minds - for a while after.

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