Book Review: The Secret Hour by Scott Westfeld

Title:The Secret Hour
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Published:March 1st 2005

Meh....yeah so this book was...meh. I'm not overjoyed by this book but I'm not bored out of my mind reading it, it was a good read, but after finishing it I feel like nothing had really happened in the book. It's like we've moved 1cm, only revealing one main piece of information which we've been looking for through the entire book. Everything is still in the shadows and you could say that from reading this book you don't really know know the characters and their history with one another enough. Saying this, this book is included in a trilogy called The Midnighters and therefore I'm hoping that all will be explained, the other two books are eagerly waiting to be read, as I have read the Uglies series also by Scott Westerfeld and thoroughly enjoyed them.

My main attraction to this book is it's fresh. I haven't heard anything like the blurb. Something supernatural without the vampire..but it does in a small way, you could say, there are werewolfs. "The Secret Hour" is after 12pm, time freezes allowing people who were born at midnight to have an extra hour of Bixby. Other creature explore the area at the same time, only coming out during this special time. Everyone who can acess this secret hour has some sort of "power" but at first glance it doesn't seem like Jess has one and so the characters venture on to figure it out.

I find that I'm drawn to Dess and Rex. Rex is a really interesting character to read about and I only wish there was more detail about him in the book. The way Rex is represented as this "dark" and "mysterious" character makes his character such a good read...and kinda wanted Jessica to fall for him, but he seems to be a guy who has no emotional features. I liked Dess because, maybe, she was more of the character I could relate to in this book. She is the friend who is always there. She is someone that I wouldn't mind being friends with myself, she looks out for you and does what she thinks is best for you.

What you get out of this book? It's self discovery for Jessica, the main character, and that's pretty much it...


Not one of Scott Westerfeld's best.

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