Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
The teenagers of Bixby, Oklahoma that know time freezes at midnight and only they can exist within in it, are used to their blue world and even all the creatures within it. But nothing has prepared them for the events in the final installment of the Midnighters trilogy. Because this time – Midnight happens in the middle of the day. Small spoilers ahead.
Publisher’s Description: The darklings will hunt once again.
The secret hour when time freezes arrives every night at midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma. It’s a dangerous time, when five teenagers are the only humans awake and dark creatures crawl out of the shadows, but at least the midnight hour is regular and predictable.
Until suddenly, the blue time comes . . . in the middle of the day.
The noise of school stops. Cheerleaders are frozen in midair, teachers brought to a standstill. Everything is the haunted blue color of the midnight hour.
The Midnighters can’t understand what’s happening, but as they scramble for answers, they discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will have a chance to feed after centuries of waiting, unless these five teenagers can find a way to stop them.
A desperate race against time, a mind-blowing mystery of paranormal logic, a tale of ancient evil and spine-chilling sacrifice: blue noon is the exhilarating third volume in the Midnighters series by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
The rip mentioned in the second book, Touching Darkness, is growing and swallowing everything it touches. People are going missing, Darklings are growing hungry, and time is running out. Rex, Melissa, Jessica, Johnathan, and Dess must put aside their differences and come together as a single force – even if it means one of their own has to sacrifice themselves.
The world Westerfeld has to offer is changing. Bixby is full of history and signs, some telling of prophecies and some telling of lies. Former Midnighters can’t be trusted – and maybe even one of the Midnighters now can’t be. Being half-Darkling has its advantages though and Rex isn’t above using them against his enemies. With Melissa at full power and finally comfortable with herself, the duo are ready for battle. Dess readies her toys. And Johnathan and Jess prepare themselves for a fight they didn’t want. The battle scenes are pretty epic.
And it all ends with a streak of lightning.
This is a beautifully written book, though there is a sad note on the end. However, I don’t think it’ll last too long with how open-ended it was. Nothing is for certain except for the blue time now. But the Midnighters know they can face it. I love this series and give it a five for an exceptional ending.
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