THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman [Review]
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up my copy of THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman. I’m pleased to say that the journey I was part of while reading this book was an extremely well written, fast paced story that made me sad when it was over!
Jacob has bounced around from foster home to foster home most of his life. He eventually ends up with Mr. Fielding, a overly eccentric character who passes on a gift to Jacob. When Jacob and Fielding get in a car accident and Fielding passes away, Jacob is left with a gift. He’s indestructible. Now, this is a theme that has been played on in movies and books forever – with great power comes great responsibility – and Jacob’s case is no exception. Once he realizes what his power does, and that he can pass it along to friends, he makes the mistake of passing it onto the first person he can.
Thirteen Days To Midnight was a great story because it didn’t focus entirely on the superpowers of Jacob, but more so on the consequences his powers had. Jacob is a good kid, he wants to save people, as do Milo and Ophelia. But they soon realize that saving people comes with a lot more baggage than they were prepared for.
I was surprised by the theological undertones of Thirteen Days To Midnight. By no means does it go FAR into religion or theology (not that I would have cared if it did), but there are definite mentions of consequences, good versus evil, etc. The way that the three main characters feel and the guilt they carry through the novel was also surprising to me.
Not going to lie, I loved Thirteen Days To Midnight. It was well written, it kept me guessing, and I didn’t want to put it down. It is a young adult book, so the language is sometimes a little simple, but that it really the only complaint I have.
Patrick Carman did a fantastic job, and Thirteen Days To Midnight made me want to read his other work.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Pages: 304 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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