Blue Noon (Midnighters Series #3)

Blue Noon (Midnighters Series #3)

by Scott Westerfeld

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Overview

The third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series.

The five teenage Midnighters of Bixby, Oklahoma, thought they understood the secret midnight hour—until one morning when time freezes in the middle of the day.

As they scramble for answers, the Midnighters discover that the walls between the secret hour and real time are crumbling. Soon the dark creatures will break through to feed at last . . . unless the Midnighters can find a way to stop them.

Blue Noon is the third and final book in the Midnighters trilogy, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060519599
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Midnighters Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 169,994
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.

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Midnighters #3: Blue Noon

Chapter One

8:20 A.M.

Predator

Bixby High's late bell shrieked in the distance, like something wounded and ready to be cut from the herd.

Rex Greene was always late these days, stumbling in confusion from one class to another, late with his father's pills or forgetting them altogether. But the worst was getting up for school. It didn't help that he'd unplugged his clock a few nights ago, unable to sleep with the soft buzzing sound it made all night, like a mosquito hovering just out of arm's reach. His newly acute hearing had turned every electronic contraption into something whiny and annoying.

But it was more than just the clock's noise; it was what it meant, with its false day of twenty-four hours. Since what had happened to him in the desert, Rex had started to feel time as something marked out in the sky-the rise and fall of the sun, the spinning stars, the interlocking ratios of the light moon and the dark.

The rest of the world still had their clocks, though, so Melissa had banged on his window again this morning, dragging him rudely out of his strange new dreams.

"Smells like . . . assembly," she said as they pulled into the school parking lot, her head tipping back a bit, nostrils flaring.

All Rex could smell was crumbling vinyl-the upholstery of Melissa's crappy Ford broken down by thirty-odd Oklahoma summers-and gasoline fumes leaking up through the floorboard from the car's rumbling engine. Humans loved their oil, a flash of darkling memory informed him. They scoured the desert for it, used it to make clever things like plastic and gasoline.. . .

Rex shook his head to clear it. On mornings like these, when he'd dreamed of Stone Age hunts all night, he had more trouble concentrating than usual. The old knowledge inside him seemed more real than his sixteen years of human memories. Sometimes Rex wondered if he would ever recover from what the darklings had done, the half change they'd effected before Jessica had rescued him.

Was he gradually healing from the experience? Or was the darkness they'd left inside him like a virus, slowly growing stronger?

As Melissa maneuvered the Ford into a parking place, Rex spotted a few stragglers making their way into the gymnasium entrance. The sound of an amplified voice echoed out from the propped-open double doors.

"Crap, that's right," Melissa said, gripping the steering wheel tighter. "Pep rally today."

Rex groaned and closed his eyes. He hadn't faced anything like this since the change, and he wasn't looking forward to it. The thought of all those bodies pressed in close around him, chanting together, brought a trickle of nerves into his stomach.

"Don't worry," Melissa said, reaching across to take his hand. "I'll be there."

At her touch, with no more insistence than a cool breeze, a calmness fell across Rex. His stomach stopped roiling, his mind growing still as Melissa's serenity poured into him.

A shudder passed through Rex; her strength became his.

Funny. A month ago it had been Rex who'd had to talk Melissa through the beginning-of-football-season pep rally. Now she was the sane one, and he was . . .

What, exactly?

He didn't know yet, and Rex hated not knowing. There were no halflings in the lore, much less recovering halflings.

Bad dreams last night?

Rex smiled and turned to face Melissa. The words had come through as clear as speech. They could have whole conversations now without her uttering a sound.

Her control was almost perfect, not a leaked thought anywhere, so different from the vomited rush of fear and pain that had struck him when they had first begun to touch each other. Although sometimes Rex missed those early experiments, the terrifying moments when he saw all of Melissa at once.

When his mind was focused, he hardly had to speak himself; Melissa simply pulled the words from him. But this morning he was too much of a wreck.

"Yeah, some bad dreams," Rex said aloud. "But not all of them."

The hunting dreams had been sweet-the cold, patient hunger as he tracked prey for days across the plain, anticipation building as the weakest were cut from the group, and then the burning rush of the kill.

But of course, there'd been those other dreams as well, memories of when the clever little monkeys had started hunting back. The beginning of the end.

"Jeez, lighten up," Melissa said, pulling her hand away and rubbing it, as if to wring out the ancient horror she'd felt in his mind. "I think someone forgot to drink his coffee this morning."

"Sorry, Cowgirl. Yeah, I guess I could use a cup. Or six." Rex shook his head again. His brain felt stuffed full, his own thoughts almost crowded out by the memories that the darklings had implanted to make him one of them. "Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get back to normal."

Melissa snorted. "When were you ever normal, Rex? When were any of us?"

"Well, maybe not normal," Rex admitted. "But I'd settle for human."

She laughed and touched his shoulder, and he felt a spark of her pleasure even through the fabric of his long black coat. "You're totally human, Rex. Trust me on that one."

"Glad you think so," he said, smiling.

Melissa's fingers stayed on his shoulder, drumming out a nervous rhythm, and her glance strayed to the open gymnasium door. Rex realized that however much her control had improved, the thought of enduring a pep rally still made Melissa anxious.

"You'll be okay," he said softly, pulling her closer.

She turned to him, and their lips met.

At first Rex felt serenity in the warmth of their kiss, her new calmness and self-control flowing into him. But then Melissa allowed her composure to slip, and it was like their first time. Everything inside her crashed out in a torrent: the enduring . . .

Midnighters #3: Blue Noon. Copyright (c) by Scott Westerfeld . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the third book Blue Moon and I loved it. Of course I didn't like the ending which made me sad. My eyes got all teary. What can I tell you I'm sentimental. But overall the series was excellent. It was intersesting and fill with suspense. I couldn't put the book down. Let's hope the author decides to add on more books to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I have not read Blue Noon just yet. I am still on the second book, Touching Darkness. I have to say that this trilogy has been a pleasant surprise for me. I have enjoyed the first two so far, and cannot wait to start the third! I would suggest this to anyone who is looking for an easy read that wants a little thrill and chill thrown in.
J3v0n More than 1 year ago
Great Story and Satisfying Ending I would pick the Midnighter series over the Twilight series any given day. That's right, suck on that (pun intended).
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final book in the Midnighters trilogy.LOVED IT!!!!! I'm a lil sad now that I'm done reading them,they were really good books. Jessica got on my nerves throughout the whole series, though she was more selfish,whiny, and annoying in this book. After what happened at the end though I sort of felt sorry for her and those feelings toward her kinda melted away for me. In this book the rules are changing,something big is happening in Bixby and the surrounding areas. Blue time has started coming during the day and at unexpected hours. The Midnighters have no clue what's going on at first, but soon learn of the Darklings and their plans when the blue time will make them the top of the food chain again. Rex deals his new dark half and Jessica deals with her sister snooping around trying to find out why Jessica has been acting so strange. I don't really want to give to much away,so go read it now! If you haven't read the Midnighter's series then you really don't know what you're missing!
littlemonkey18 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! but the ending is a bit depressing. still my favorite of the series was touching darkness but it made sense how it ended.But other than that this book was one word : FANTASTIC!!!
All-About-Dragons More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful conclusion to the Midnighters series. The ending was a bit sad but overall everything turned out fine. I hope that I can find a good book to read after this. Too bad there are not any more books to this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say the ending was really unexpected. Having Jessica save the world and then be trapped in the blue time, forever. Never saw it coming. I thought she fell from the roof and died, the way everyone was talking, but it seems what happened was much worse. I feel sorry for Johnathan and Beth. I really would like another book where Jess comes back. I loved the last line, 'It was way cool, being the one who did the math.' I love math and numbers, so I took great liking to Dess. I would have liked if Melissa were portrayed in a nicer light because we share the same name but whatever. Rex's transformations were awesome. I loved how the beast in him was portrayed and half the things he said about humanity while his darkling mind was in control were pretty much true. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying all humans are bad but we are great at royally screwing things over. I give props to Scott Westerfeld for this awesome series.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting third book that completes a story arc and leaves room for sequels. The blue time is stretching into daytime and the Darklings seem to have a plan, can the midnighters counter it or will the Darklings win. Rex has to deal with the lingering aftereffects of the Darklings merge with him. All of the teenagers have to deal with issues in their lives both in and out of the blue.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good finish for this solid YA series, an easy, good paced read it wraps up the story - though not neatly, leaving some possibilities open for Westerfeld to revive the series or create a new one later on.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best of the three! Big on the lore (mythology of the world), and some excellent inner character darkness. I was totally uncertain about how he could wind up the story in a satisfying way until about halfway through the book, and then the satisfying conclusion became a clear and interesting plot line.A really good series, I recommend it!
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is so great. I finished the last book this month and loved everything about reading it. Like the most exciting, unique books always do, it got in my head and I thought it over all the time. When I was reading other books, I thought about Midnighters. I had mindcasting dreams, and dreams with darklings. I wished for a prequel. (Pair of tiny children fighting monsters, winning.)I think this is mostly because my favorite kind of super-natural stories are the kind that just barely slip outside realism, that have a setting that can be found in the world. It rewards you in a special way when you recognize characters as real people, and then they do amazing things.These books balance action and headspace really well. The kids feel really real, or at least the connections between them do. Every fight scared me to death, and some were beautiful. A couple characters and devices were undercooked or out of tune, but no harm done. I liked the language, the place, the rules. Will definitely reread one day.(Also this is not really important? But I HATE this new edition. The paper is thin and the binding hates everything about being read. The first paperback editions are VASTLY SUPERIOR. Let it be known.)
biblyotekerin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third in the excellent Midnighters series finds our group of five faced with the battle of their lives. The darklings have found a way to make midnight last forever so that they can feed on humans at will. As in the other novels, the five main characters are clearly distinct from each other as are their powers. More is revealed about some people's pasts, and all have to struggle with new and scary changes.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rather satisfying end to the trilogy. As I often find in young adult fantasies, some of the plot started to become a little too convenient, but not so much that I was overwhelmingly bothered. I thought the whole concept behind this book was far superior to the other two books. I can see how other people would be disappointed in the ending, but I definitely felt it suited the spirit of this trilogy. Overall, I enjoyed this and am glad I finished it out.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now here is a man who knows how to end a series with a bang, quite literally. While some of the incessant recapping gets to be incredibly annoying, the plot is moved along really well. You know the characters now, so the things they do make more sense, although Rex & Melissa, v. 2.0's characters are still gradually being advanced. Much like Breaking Dawn, I love how the focus is on logic vs. 'let's go kill things!' Things are thought out, plans are made, and it all involves actually thought and regard for history instead of running into battle, killing things left and right with no clear cut plans whatsoever. Those books just annoy me. Way to bring thinkers into your books, Westerfeld! Loose ends are tied up, and the story is brought to a bittersweet, open-ended close, bringing things full circle. I found myself thinking multiple times of the series as a whole. What if it had been five books, one per character, instead of just the trilogy? Will we ever get a short story or another book even for what happens afterward? My only complaint, in the end, is that we never got to learn much about Jonathan's life, why he thinks the way he thinks, what his home life is like. Not much at all. Nevertheless, it is a mostly satisfying conclusion that I think everyone was happy with.Rating: 5/5
Vampirate_queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A disappointing end to the series. It was unexpected, and didn't make much sense to the book.
Mumugrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series by Westerfeld dealt with a quintet of teens who find themselves alone in a frozen blue world every night at midnight for an hour. Things escalate when a girl named Jessica moves to Bixby, Oklahoma, the fifth of their group. All have paranormal abilities which help them fight off an ancient race of "Darklings" whose natural instincts make them hunt humans as prey, and who have the advantage in the Midnight world.This third and last installment of the Midnighters series was the darkest and most suspenseful. The characters were all changed by their encounter with the midnight hour, and beliefs and assumptions that they'd held as truths were challenged and sometimes shattered by their encounters with Darklings and humans alike. By the end of the novel, nothing would be the same for any of them, the town of Bixby or the world. I liked this series better than his Uglies series, and found it thought-provoking. Maybe it was because the midnight hour was built on mythology and science together, but it just seemed more compelling and interesting than the Uglies books.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The Midnighters have enough to deal with keeping safe from the ancient and powerful creatures, the Darklings, that stalk the one hour of secret time that happens every night at stroke of midnight. However, when the frozen midnight time happens one day during the mid-morning, they're unsure what to think. Something is clearly changing; just as the structure of the midnight hour seems to be weakening, so too is the barrier between Rex's human side and the lingering remnants of darkling that are left after his terrifying encounter at the end of Touching Darkness. While the Midnighters know that things are going wrong, they're not sure what to do about it, but they're going to have to figure something out, or else risk the world being stuck in the midnight time permanently.Review: One of the things I loved best about the first book in this series was how clever and internally consistent it was. My favorite fantasy/sci-fi books are ones in which the worldbuilding makes logical sense - the magical system of allomancy in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, or the religious system of Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion books, for example. However, with the Midnighters series, I feel like while it started off strong, as the series has progressed, the worldbuilding has gotten somewhat more arbitrary - not less clear, or less inventive, but less able to extrapolate the details from the fundamental principles, which is a little bit sad. I still really enjoyed (read: totally devoured) this book, don't get me wrong. They're fast and compelling reading, and while none of the characters are particularly wonderful people, they all feel very real, and I was always fascinated to see what would happen to them next. I particularly enjoyed Rex's storyline in this book, and watching him deal with his (very literal) inner monsters provided some of the most creepy scenes of the entire series.For the most part, the end was a satisfactory conclusion to the series, nicely bringing in some elements from the first book that I hadn't realized were foreshadowing at the time. I was a little disconcerted by a few of the issues raised by the ending - issues that Westerfeld has one of his characters actually point out - that are just left completely unresolved, and even mostly unrecognized. On the whole, though, I enjoyed it quite a lot, and even got a little bit teary-eyed in parts... in between being thoroughly creeped out. Good stuff. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: The series as a whole is great; I even liked it better than the Uglies series. (We'll see how the rest of the Leviathan series goes before I declare Midnighters to be my absolute favorite.) It would be great for a creepy fall read for anyone who likes YA fantasy/sci-fi/horror.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rex, Melissa, Jessica, Jonathan and Dess are Midnighters. Only those born at midnight can see the secret Blue Time, a 25th hour of the day where all the world except the most terrifying horrors are frozen. But when the Blue Time comes in the middle of a pep rally the Midnighters realize that something is wrong. The world of the Darklings and the world of the humans are on a collision course and unless the Midnighters discover the secret of how to stop it human kind's place of emminence of the food chain is doomed to topple as they become prey to a ancient hunger.It has been a lot of fun to read through to the end of the Midnighters adventures. With a combination of horror, adventure and mystery this story kept me glued and trying to read faster just to find out what would happen next. I really felt for each of the characters. They were all individuals with their own thoughts, fears and gifts which made it equally intriguing to read about each one. The ending was a little open ended. Although I know the trilogy is done there is plenty or room to wonder about the future of the Midnighters. I think this trilogy would be great for people who like horror, sci-fi fantasy or just like reading an action pack adventure series.
hpluver07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but i didn't really like the ending. I wish he would have done it differently
nancyewhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The midnighters have to save the world. I didn't love any of the characters as much as I did in the first two books. It felt that they were secondary to the action in this one. There was a lot of excitement and some interesting revelations about the lore/history of Bixby. I have to say I didn't see the ending coming which was impressive.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final (?) book in the series has the midnighters fighting off the slithers plan to invade daylight and take people. Very suspenseful and excellent ending, which closes the series, but leaves open the possiblity of other additions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series caught me from the start, I couldn't put it down, but then ending was dumb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending was horrible. I don't even understand why it had to end like that. You can write any ending you want, and you do it like that?? I mean seriously, there are so many things in this book that are impossible but the author couldnt do that with the ending? It was very disappointing to me. Everything before the ending was good, if it couldve had a better ending this book and series wouldve been worth it. Now I'm kinda upset I wasted my time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott Westerfeld is such a fantastic writer