Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Secret Hour (July 27)

This week I have chosen The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld for my Friday meme combo. This is the first book of Westerfeld’s Midnighters trilogy, which I hope to start reading this weekend. GoodReads gives the following description:

Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour — only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.

Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they’re determined to stop her before she can use it.

A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Secret Hour:

The halls of Bixby High School were always hideously bright on the first day of school.Fluorescent lights buzzed overhead, their white honeycombed plastic shields newly cleaned of dead insect shapes. The freshly shined floors dazzled, glinting in the hard September sunlight that streamed in through the school’s open front doors.

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Secret Hour:

There was a shape in the window, a small dark form silhouetted against the even glow from the street. It moved smoothly and sinuously, taking catlike steps back and forth across the window frame, then paused to scratch against the glass.

Neither of these excerpts give much away, but I am looking forward to reading this series soon. So, that’s it for another week.

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9 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Secret Hour (July 27)

  1. I didn’t know Westerfeld had written another series. Have you read The Uglies? I’m curious to read that series, and if I like it I’ll keep this series in mind.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • I haven’t read the Uglies, but may check that out soon as well. He also has a couple of two book series (Succession and Peeps) that I need to look out for. If you like Steampunk, then the Leviathan trilogy is well worth checking out.

    • I just discovered this series. It’s an older one and the first one came out just before Twilight and I think before the first Uglies book as well. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it, but time will tell. Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.

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