Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carmen

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carmen

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316004030
ISBN-13: 978-0316004039
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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.


Thirteen Days to Midnight is exactly the type of book I love. Not only does it have the unknown paranormal factor to it, (For example, Thomas is suddenly indestructible for some reason) but it is also constantly bringing up questions that make you not want to put down the book until you know the answer to. One that bugged me quite a bit was What happens at midnight? Instead of numbering chapters, this book would instead simply say Thirteen says to midnight... Twelve days to midnight... and so on. So, to fix this problem, I read the book in one night. By morning, despite my severe lack of sleep, not only was I very grateful to my friend for letting me borrow the book (Thanks Zack) but I also had a lot to think about. Not a fun thing when you're sleepy and have school that morning. It didn't really matter to me though; one of my favorite things about a good book is the way it gets you thinking about things. Kinda like when you watch Inception for the first time and you're just forced to watch it fourteen more times because is it really all a dream? Thirteen Days to Midnight is a bit like that. There are so many questions that need to be answered and, despite that fact that they are all addressed (As far as I can tell) there are still some things that remain a mystery. It blurs the line between good and evil; actions are taken that seem to be right at the time but end up so horribly wrong. It's difficult not to be immediately interested from the first line of the book:

 Jacob Fielding stood in a small room and stared at a body. It was a dead body, someone he could have saved, but chose not to. Jacob had let the person die because, in his view, it was the right thing to do.

 In a way, this book has a little something for everyone. It has a level weirdness and creepiness that will keep a paranormal fan intrigued but at the same time, there isn't enough to label the book "Fantasy". It's got romance, humor, action and everything else you could fit into a young adult book. And it all fits together beautifully, a flowing plot that always keeps you interested. I would say this is a great book for any teen reader. It is extremely entertaining and, like I said, will give you a lot to think about.


  1. Great review,Austin!!! I haven't heard anything (prior to this post) about Thirteen Days to Midnight - but it sounds sooooooo good, so am heading off to add it to my Amazon wish list! <3

  2. This sounds like a really good book. I haven't heard of it before, but I will have to give it a try sometime. Great review!


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