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Midnighters #3: Blue Noon

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Midnighters #3: Blue Noon

He whirled back around to face the creature, crouching down into a fighting stance. Its eight legs had extended to full length, pressing against the ground to lift the central body mass up into the air. The legs were covered not with hair, but with glistening spurs, like thorns on some vast and hideous rosebush. The entire beast was dripping with a viscous black substance, as if it had been dipped in crude oil. Rex flexed his empty hands, realizing that he was completely unarmed...

Rex is more fearful of spiders than anything --- and those clever darklings have assumed the form he most hates. Yes, the darklings are back! Rex is now half-darkling himself. While this has given him some insights, it has also created new feelings in him that he does not understand. The darklings now want all of him and even more.

The secret hour still arrives every midnight but something new is happening. The blue time is appearing at random times during the day. Rex and his four teenage friends know that this is a more dangerous situation than they've faced before. As they try to figure out what might be causing this, they all must deal with personal issues and relationships. Jessica (the flame thrower) and Jonathan (flyboy during the blue time), Melissa (the mindreader), and the brilliant Dess, who works on the numerical calculations and weapons used against the darklings, are all thrown into a frantic race against time. Now, according to Dess's figures, it will be only a matter of a few weeks until Halloween --- and that is when the world as they all know it will end. In other words, the darklings will take over and blue time will envelop them all.

One of the many things complicating their investigation is Jessica's very curious and interfering little sister Beth, who wants to know why Jessica is disappearing at midnight and how she can get involved in the great adventure. Jessica wants to protect her sister but even Jessica is unable to prevent Beth from finding out the truth in a most frightening way.

As the barrier between the secret hour and normal time is growing weaker, other mysteries must be sorted out. What are the connections between the Grayfoot family and the darklings? How is the first Halfling, Anathea, connected to the early takeover of the darklings, and how can Rex and his friends stop these powers from destroying everything they hold dear? And is there a reason they hate and fear Jessica Day more than anyone? Does she have more power than she realizes?

Scott Westerfeld pulls no stops in this third and most exciting installment of the Midnighters series. Giant spiders, flying monsters, gore, magic and unexpected twists --- it's all here and more. First-time readers should start with book one. Midnight will never be the same.

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on February 28, 2006

Midnighters #3: Blue Noon
by Scott Westerfeld

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2007
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060519592
  • ISBN-13: 9780060519599