Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thirteen Days to Midnight By Patrick Carman|Review

Thirteen Days to Midnight
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 12th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
You are indestructible. Three whispered words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of its implications. But there's something addictive about testing the limits of fear. Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests that they use the power to do good, to save others. But with every heroic act, the power grows into the specter of a curse. How to decide who lives and who dies? In this nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue, Jacob must walk the razor thin line between right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death. And time is running out. Because the Grim Reaper doesn't disappear. . . . He catches up

My Thoughts

Mysterious superpowers? Fast paced action? Heroic deeds? What's not to like?
A LOT, actually. 
Thirteen Days Till Midnight has all of the cliche tropes. You've got the typical high schooler guy who could careless about girls until he meets the one. Oh, and his friend is there too. 
The story overall progresses at mindbogglingly slow pace. Think you're just going to dive right into the story? Nope. The pace continues throughout the book, speeding up a few pages due to juvenile scenarios or useless action scenes. Between the "exciting" parts of the book, the characters are "normal". However, with how much downtime we were given, I was expected more background and information on the characters. But no luck.
One thing that is couldn't really comprehend was the awful 'superpower' the teenagers received. They are literally trying to kill themselves throughout the book just to see how indestructible they truly are. Honestly, did they not think this through if the power ever stopped working? 
The. Love. Interest. I could not stand Ophelia. She was not the type of girl I pictured Jacob falling for, but then again we never really got to know his character too much. And he was the main character.
First person point of view did not work well with this book. Jacob knows a secret. What is it you ask? Oh, you'll just have to wait until he conveniently remembers to tell his friends. I get the hint of secrecy, but how are we supposed to relate to this character if we are only allowed to in his head at unimportant times?
Despite the slow pace throughout, the ending was very rushed.

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