This book introduces a new concept- that there is a secret hour of the day, the 25th hour of the day. Rather than the 24 hours everyone is accustomed to, there is actually a 25th hour, though for the majority of the world, time is completely frozen during that hour. In a small town of Bixby, Oklahoma a group of 4 kids call themselves Midnighters because they are able to walk around in that secret hour. Jessica moves to Bixby from a big city and becomes the 5th. A war almost immediately erupts between the 5 kids and the shadows that live during the secret hour. The previous midnighters are astonished that the 'slithers' are acting so strangely as they normally stay far away from the kids and are just there on the outskirts of town minding there own business. The 'slithers' are shadow creatures that can only live during the midnight hour and are 'frozen' during the other 24 hours of the day. Something about Jessica brings them closer and they try to kill her while the kids race to discover why they want Jessica and discover how to defeat the slithers.
THe book is very entertaining and a quick read, and is the first of the MIdnighters series. I haven't read the other books yet, but this is a great starter. The midnight hour is enchanting and makes you wonder if there might actually be a secret hour that we are just frozen for. It has a great plot with a few twists and turns. It is quite simple and you can see the turns coming up, but it's still quite entertaining nonetheless. It combines suspense, a little romance, and humor. I'm glad I happened upon this book, and recommend you read it as well.
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