The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld


I have to say, I couldn’t really get in to this story. I don’t know if that is because it’s marketed as YA and I’m nearing 30 (shhh), or if it was just lackluster storytelling. I really liked the premise of this story, you know, people that are born at exactly midnight have the ability to access this “secret hour” of the day where all of the nightmares over time have been exiled…..but only in Bixby, Oklahoma…? I’m sure the gaps in information would be filled in the subsequent installments in the series, but this first one just doesn’t leave me motivated enough to pursue them.

The fluidity of the story just fell short in some places. The fact that Jessica felt so connected to Jonathan after just a few instances of hanging out just seemed rushed to me. Again, maybe kids these days are falling in love a lot faster than what I remember (gosh I sound like a grandma), but it just felt off.

I know that as far as this series goes, I will most likely not be picking up the second book in the series, thought I’m sure some of my unanswered questions may be addressed. I feel like the time it would take to weed through all of the writing just wouldn’t be worth it. But this is one of those instances where the author could not quite live up to the explosiveness of the plot line, which is always super disappointing to me.

Fantastic plot, lukewarm execution. Though I seem to be the exception rather than the rule, so by all means, explore this world for yourself!


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