Book Review #2 – The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld (The Midnighters #1)

The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1)The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really, really hate giving books anything under three stars for a rating because — this is someone’s work, you know? Someone put lots and lots of hours into this and then here I come and go, “Two stars out of five, take it or leave it.” I have so much respect for writers that rating their work badly makes me feel like a terrible person.

For some reason, I really did not enjoy this as I (hoped/thought) I would. The concept of the story is really cool, I mean come on — a 25th hour in a day? Only accessable to those who were born at midnight, fighting off ancient enemies who only come to life in that one hour? A-w-e-s-o-m-e. What ruined it for me? The protagonist.

Not once did I feel connected to Jessica — in fact, she just bothered me greatly. Her attitude rubbed me the wrong way, the way she judged people and situations bugged me and none of her dialogue was interesting enough to keep me interested in what she was saying.

Dess also completely started getting on my nerves (no, I don’t care that you know that many languages, stop mentioning every single name you give to your objects because it just looks like you’re bragging about the words you know, stop giving me numbers I don’t really care about…) It just completely worked the opposite way of how it was intended to be perceived. She could’ve been a lovely character to read about, but I mostly ended up skipping over anything that involved numbers or her calculating something.

Right, I didn’t give it one star, so there must be something you liked I hear you say. Yes, there was. I liked Melissa. I liked reading about the way she dealt with things, I liked figuring things out about her relationship with Jonathan etc etc. Melissa is what made me keep reading. Jonathan also, though he too had some moments that made me cringe, but he was alright. Didn’t feel anything in particular about Rex, he was just there.

So overall — great, great idea for a book series, but the main character in combination with excessive usage of numbers and/or showcasing knowledge on things ruined it a little. I might pick up book two in the series (I’ve heard one of them focuses on Melissa more?) but it’s unfortunate that this ended up with only getting two stars.

Great background story, loved everything about the blue time, but there wasn’t enough to keep me interested and pumped for what was going on.


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