Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
Thrilling from start to finish, Touching Darkness takes the Midnight world by storm in an action-packed sequel. In this, the teenagers of Bixby, Oklahoma that can exist in the Midnight hour discover new secrets about their blue world – and each other. Small spoilers featured below.
Publisher’s Description: Bixby, Oklahoma, is full of secrets. Some come out at midnight. Some should stay hidden.
As the Midnighters search for the truth about the secret hour, they uncover terrifying mysteries woven into the very fabric of Bixby’s history, and a conspiracy that touches the world of daylight. This time Jessica Day is not the only Midnighter in mortal danger, and if the group can’t find a way to come together, they could lose one of their own . . . forever.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Rex, Dess, Melissa, Johnathan, and Jessica are back – and becoming closer than ever. Rex and Melissa stop fighting their inner tension and start giving in to each other. Dess reveals a dark secret to Jessica about Melissa that destroys her trust in the Mindcaster. Dess also gets to invent some new, Darkling-butt-kicking toys. Johnathan and Jessica further their relationship but have issues of their own.
And all the while, a Darkling plot is taking hold.
More secrets and history are revealed in this sequel, facts about the town and the Midnight hour the Midnighters themselves weren’t expecting. They’ve always known there have been Midnighters before them but they were never aware of what happened to them. But now they do – and the news isn’t great. There’s a rip in the blue time – and it’s going to expand and drag the midnight hour with it, which is exactly what the Darklings want.
One of the Midnighters is kidnapped and transformed into something…interesting, is what I’ll say for now. The sadistic part of me frankly loves it because now Rex, well, now he’s more of a badass. And although that badassery isn’t really explained until the third one, you can definitely tell by the end of the story he’s been changed. I’ve always liked Rex but now I really like him.
I also love the way Dess’s mind works. She loves her toys. Imagine weapons (steel mostly, with the exception of Jessica’s powers) that are magnified in power by thirteen-letter words (tridecalogisms). They act like energy guns when thrown and are pretty cool. I love Westerfeld’s originality in coming up with something that awesome as word weaponry.
Another shiny five. I love the mysteries surrounding this series. One of my favorite trilogies.
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