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Midnighters #3: Blue Noon [Hardcover]

Scott Westerfeld
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Feb. 16 2006 Midnighters (Book 3)

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.


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Grade 6 Up–There is something evil brewing in Bixby, and the teens from the previous Midnighters titles must save the world from the darklings. The monsters have found a way to expand midnight so that all humans will enter the blue time and become prey. Complicating the crisis is Rex's residual darkling characteristics that leave him with the unsettling notion that other humans are food, Jonathan's secret desire that the midnight hour could last forever so that he would always be free of the confining flatland gravity, and the fact that no one has yet figured out why the darklings wish to dispose of Jessica Day. Blue Noon has an end of the world premise that will appeal to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. Even though the characters are not completely developed, they all have distinct skills that set them apart from one another. Westerfeld doesn't rehash all the events of the earlier books. Instead, he subtly includes the information that is needed to follow the story. Since the characters' schemes never proceed according to plan, the plot maintains an exciting pace. However, it is never fully explained why everything works out the way it does. Despite this minor flaw, this is fun recreational reading.–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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About the Author

Scott Westerfeld has written many acclaimed novels for adults and teens, including So Yesterday, Peeps, and the Midnighters and Uglies series. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation. Scott lives in New York City and Sydney, Australia.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Frosy @Books Like Fairytales >> [...] July 9 2011
By Effie
Format:Library Binding
Blue Noon picks up right after the events in Touching Darkness. Our midnighters are faced with the bigest threat of all. Blue time is on the verge of swallowing all of Bixby and even the world. This book has an "end of the world feel" and Scott Westerfeld managed to deliver.

When I picked up the book I thought that whatever character development there was, was done during the first two books. I wasn't expecting much to change but I was wrong. I was surprised by Rex. In Touching Darkness he got that close to becoming one of the darklings. Now in Blue Noon we see the effects of such a close encounter with them and I was amazed by how strangely addicted I became to Rex. He became multidimensional and nothing like his old self, the boring and safe Rex he used to be.

Through this book we got also the chance to learn more about the lore and the mechanics behind the secret time. All of our midnighters get to test their powers to their maximum and see that even though they thought they learned everything they could to fight the darklings they still didn't see it coming... the ending.

When I finished this book I was so mad that I couldn't think anything else for this book expect of how Scott Westerfeld ended this story. As I got invested into the characters and read their stories, I wanted for them to have good endings, happy endings. Scott Westerfeld managed to do that but with a sting to it. His ending was bittersweet leaving you with the impression that there might be more to this story.

Overall I loved it even though I was shocked by the ending of the story. Hopefully there is more to the Midnighters and I will definitely be picking up more books from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sept. 2 2010
By Sam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld is the third and final book from The Midnighters series. It was great, but I found that it dragged on a bit with repeated thoughts. Compared to the second book, this one wasn't as exciting. The ending was somewhat sad but a good ending, since being a Midnighter comes with a lot of responsibility. I wish more was revealed about the main characters' future lives, but I guess since they are merely teenagers, we cannot know so far ahead in the future.

Just when everything seems to have gone back to normal, odd things start happening. The blue moon starts appearing randomly during the middle of the day and the darklings seem to be celebrating this event. There seems to be a rip between the normal time and the secret hour that seems to be spreading. Will the Midnighters ever find a way to stop it? Or will the old darklings finally feed after waiting centuries?

Overall, the Midnighters is a great Young Adult series with creative ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone over the age of fourteen. Fourteen because there are words used in here that I wouldn't want younger children reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy comes to an end.... Sept. 2 2010
By Dawn T.
Format:Paperback
The third and final installment picks up after a week or so from the second installment.
The main plot of this installment is the sudden emergence of the "blue time" right in the middle of the DAY. Thats right, the secret hour is happening OUTSIDE of midnight now. This suspense leaves the 5 Midnighters restless and drives them to find answers.
The secret hour is finally "ripping" coming into normal time, where the darklings will hunt again after a millennium of starvation. A "rip" is basically a contortion between blue time and regular time, joining the Darkling world with the human world. Now, its in the hands of these 5 Midnighters to save Bixby, or possibly the world,because now thousands of lives are stake.
The two couple(s) relationship becomes stronger, leaving Dess feel lonelier than ever. This was the most emotional installment because each and every character makes a sacrifice towards the end to save the world, but one sacrifice will leave your jaw-dropped and eyes popped. Sometimes one life is worth sacrificing to save lives of thousands.
The significance of Halloween will be explained and so will the purpose of the Midnighters.
This is a dramatic piece and a thrilling page-turner, filled with action, adventure and romance. A battle takes place towards the end with an unpredictable conclusion.Out of all three, this one had the most action. I really wished Scott Westerfeld had written an alternate ending because I prefer "Happily Ever Afters", thats the true END to me. Oh well, not all stories have a happy ending, just like life doesn't always have a happy ending. In a way i am glad for this ending because it reminds me of the imperfect reality and world we live in. Sometimes made-up stories mess with your mind soo much that a person loses hope each time life doesn't go there way.
Very recommended!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a dramatic ending to a great series Feb. 28 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a dramatic and suspenseful ending to a dark series. I was nearly jumping out of my seat as I read this, it was so freaking scary! Our favorite characters come back to tackle the final adventure of midnight. Due to events in previous book our reliable characters are changed and have a wonderful melding of the old and new personalities.

Everything is seemingly returning to normal. Till the blue time comes. In the middle of the day. The Midnighters are baffled, they don't know what's happened. But they soon find out it's not good. The Darlkings are celebrating. It's a race against time to find the problem and fix it, before Midnight sweeps over the whole world, and the Darklings hunt again.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  64 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Talking About Midnighters Sept. 27 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I believe I've started an epidemic. Many of my friends, irked by the fact that I won't shut up about Midnighters, are reading the books and enjoying them just as much as I do. But Book 3, Blue Noon, is the one that really made Midnighters stand out in my mind as one of my favourite sets of books (yes, I'm mad about Harry Potter and I adore Artemis Fowl and Bartimaeus, and this ranks right up there with them).

The thing that really makes this book outstanding is the characterization. As a writer, (Okay, kid who likes making up stories, same thing)I can't enjoy a book unless it really has well-developed characters and a character-driven plot. All five of the main characters are real people with good and bad traits and interesting personalities.

*THIS IS LOTS OF CHATTER ABOUT CHARACTERS. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE CHARACTERS, YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS*

To me, the most compelling is Rex, who was my favourite character in book one in his nerdy incarnation and who I continued to love as his personality dramatically changed through the end of books two and three. Because Rex is not all Rex anymore... he's half darkling, which is both a blessing and a curse. (The darklings are the evil beasts that were Rex-and-company's enemies, so that makes life complicated.) Like his friend Melissa, I watched Rex evolve with confused disbelief, still recognizing the character that I knew and loved but frightened by the thing that he was becoming. Spooky.

Melissa's personality, meanwhile, has taken a turn for the better. Thanks to her mentor, Madeleine, Melissa has learned to control her talent of mindcasting and has become calmer and more logical. This is interesting, because it's strange to watch her support Rex through his psycho moments and calm him down when it used to be the other way around. The book comments that it seems strange that Melissa is becoming saner while Rex is going "six kinds of crazy," and that it's almost as if there wasn't enough sanity to go around for the five of them.

Jessica has an interesting role in this one, as she's having conflicts with her daylight life, in her family and soforth. In the end, she's forced to make a... *DUN DUN DUN, SPOILER* sacrifice, which is an extremely touching ending. All I can say is that you come to like Beth (her moody younger sister) more than you did before. Jessica for some reason seems the most difficult midnighter to describe personalitywise, as she's the most normal, I suppose.

Jonathan's part is depressingly small in this one. He doesn't have as much of his easygoing, lighthearted Jonathan charm that made fangirls sigh in the first book-- in fact, he seems a bit moody. He's torn, because he doesn't want darklings to take over the world, but he does want to be able to fly all of the time. Jonathan is a great character and I like him very much (but not as much as Rex, who holds a special place in my heart), and I wish there was more Jonathan action in Blue Noon.

Dess is also a bit moody, as she's upset about Melissa invading her mind in the second book, but she has some seriously awesome action and some wonderful Dess-like lines. (She has a great sense of humour. The author said on his website that Dess was his favourite of the midnighters, and it shows in his writing.) Dess has her shining moments in the second book, but the very end of the book makes Dess dear to all readers. My favourite Dess moment in the book was one part where they were discussing Halloween, and the following discussion ensued:

Dess: So the goth holiday is for real?

Rex: Celtic, actually. The Goths were from Asia.

Dess: No, I meant the kids in black!

Melissa: Uh, Dess, mirror check?

Dess: What, this dress is charcoal!

Dess and Melissa calling each other goths becomes a bit of a running joke in this book. It has a perfect balance between humour and darkness, one that's often very hard to strike.

The plot is absolutely enthralling, but if I were to describe it all, this review would be longer than the book itself, knowing me. All I'm going to say is, the blue time is no longer merely during midnight, and the darklings have a sinister plot(like there are other kinds of plot??)to take over.

My only quibble with the book is that (and you, the reader, probably won't care about this, because I seriously doubt that you are as immature as I am) there is a tad bit too much romance for my own taste. True, the romance is very touching (Jess and Jonathan is pure sweetness, and Rex and Melissa is extremely interesting, almost a complete plot on its own), but there are ways to express a deep relationship without saying "and then they kissed" every few sentences. In fact, the Rex/Melissa kiss at the end of book two was so dramatic and beautiful because it was the first one. Making them kiss about as frequently as they, say, breathe, takes the impact away from the kissing. (Of course, this is just my opinion, as I'm too young to be romantically involved with anyone and am still pondering life's little mysteries like 'where do you put your noses when you kiss?')

I'm sorry for ranting on and on like this, but I'm extremely passionate about these books, and if I had it my way, everyone who enjoys reading would have a copy of them. And don't quit after reading the first book! Blue Noon is the best of the bunch.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time Still A Charm Aug. 11 2006
By John A. League - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters #3: Blue Noon back when it came out in March because I'm just that way, but I didn't get down to reading it until last week.

(An aside: that was stupid. Why wait so long? The thing only took two days to read, and only that long because I didn't have to wait in the doctor's office as long as I anticipated. So go on and get the three books and read them, back to back to back, if you've not already. If you start now you can be done in a week.)

Holy wow, Batman. What a good book.

Westerfeld took a darker turn in Midnighters #2 and accelerated down that path in this volume. Beyond just a ripping good tale, he explores the rugged terrain of fear, power and their uses, while drawing together disparate plot points from the previous books that tie up the series satisfyingly. He does, however, leave just enough hanging and unresolved at the end to give it a genuine feel--including the bitter twist at the end.

I note with both trepidation and excitement that Westerfeld seems to have deliberately left the door open for future Midnighters stories. I hope that he won't become a victim of the "genre-series-that-never-die" syndrome, but given the results of these three books, I'll certainly give a chance to whatever he puts out next.

Highly recommended
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shocking ending left a bitter taste June 6 2007
By unknown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved the first two, couldn't put them down. They cut into sleep, eating, ect, possibly best book series I had read all year... then I got to number three. Maybe I hadn't payed attention in the store, but I thought I saw a book six, or something... so I never realized how near I was to the end till I reached the end... and what an ending. It was... different for sure, but ten hours after finishing the book has still left me with a bitter taste, one that has cast a shadow over the entire series for me. The end of the story was so sudden, unexpected and just... harsh, that I no longer know what to say about the trilogy. It took me half of the epologue to even figure it all out that something bad had really happened, not just that the one character was in the hospital or something. I refused to believe it and ended up having to reread the ending.... maybe its just me, but I like my books to have their happy endings. It's why I read, and while everything up to the end was a great thrill ride, it felt like the Midnighters ride suddenly went flying off the tracks and crashed in a flaming explosion as the third book ended. I never judge books by their covers, or even their beginnings, but the endings... those can make all the difference, and that's only too true for the Midnighters.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Ending To A Great Series (spoiler warning after paragraph 2) Nov. 27 2009
By Lifelight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow. Scott W. has stuffed Bixby, OK with five believable, distinct main characters. Even Jessica's family, with Beth (the little sister), workaholic mom, and stay-at-home dad Don seem real and not types. And he's given us a dark, intense story that moves and jumps like Jonathon's acrobatics.

So what do you say when 98% of a trilogy keeps you ripping through pages and neglecting important life duties, only to have the climactic end fizzle, stumble, and fall flat? It's not just artistic license that I personally don't like. It's not some bittersweet, catch-in-the-throat sadness. The ending is horrid.

Spoilers ahead: despite the main plot lines about the darklings and the dangers found in dusty Oklahoma, the reader (by the third book in the trilogy) has the greatest emotional investment in the two teen couples: Jonathon and Jessica, and Rex and Melissa. We are hoping against hope that Rex and Melissa will have a happily-ever-after following years of struggle and staying by each other. The author arbitrarily rips our hopes apart. Jonathon and Jessica don't get what they want either; they are ripped apart, too, but at least this is done with poignant artistry and purpose. Our emotions are deflated and left there. This is truly an artless ending with the one exception of Jessica.

I, along with other readers here, hope that this is not the last book in the series. It would lower my opinion of the writer's skill if it is.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous young adult horror March 1 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Every midnight in Bixby, Oklahoma time freezes for a blink enabling creatures to come out of the darkest shadows seeking human prey. Most people remain blissfully ignorant of this phenomena; however, five teens born at midnight and calling themselves the Midnighters, are keenly aware of how dangerous the Blue Time can be. Still they know it happens like clockwork and are prepared to help those ignorant enough to be outside in Bixby when the clock strikes 12.

That is until now when the blue time occurs for the first time as far as they know in the afternoon leaving the school and other places frozen in blue that seems even eerier than the usual midnight scenario because everyone is about stuck in time; noise except for them and the prowling monsters is creepily silent. Jessica, Melissa, Jonathan, Rex, and Dess fear the monsters will soon begin a feeding frenzy like nothing ever seen at least in recent memory. This quintet that makes up the Midnighters need answers quickly to stop a catastrophe that has been in the making for centuries.

This is a terrific entry in a fabulous young adult horror series due to a wonderful twist that brings the frozen blue light out of midnight and into the daylight. The five teen heroes know they up against it as this time their confidence wanes though they do not back down because failure leads to unbelievable consequences. Scott Westerfeld writes a wonderful suspense that can stand alone though enhanced by the previous two adventures. Adults and teens will fully appreciate this fine thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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