Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Midnight City: Review

Title: Midnight City
Author: J.Barton Mitchell
Publishing House: St. Martins Griffin
Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.

As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all. 


I am not sure what to say on why I had requested this book, except well, the cover was stunning. I always seem to feed my cover lust and this one wasn't any exception. The synopsis had my antenna going up since it sounded very interesting, but at the same time didn't give much away. You just have to read the book to live through the journey with the protagonists to fully comprehend this new distorted world and this pretty much amazing book.

Midnight City is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world where aliens known as The Assembly have taken over the planet. There's also the 'Tone', which is a broadcasted telepathic signal to make all adults basically useless as individual beings, and they become enslaved. However, the 'Tone' only seems to control adults, but not teens or children, which leaves room for defiance on their end. Holt is a bounty hunter off to find Mira, who's bounty might help fix a lot of his problems, however, he soon discovers why her bounty is so high as she doesn't plan to come back easily. This soon becomes the least of their worries as strange things begin to happen and they encounter Zoey.

I am not going to fully give away the story, but I feel like the only way to get you guys to appreciate this book is by explaining at least the first chapter fully.

The first chapter was brilliant. I honestly cannot find any other way to say it but that. It started off with Holt in hiding then he was captured by those kids, who were younger than him, but even though they seemed frail, he found the fact that they held weaponry dangerous. Holt estimates their age according to how close they were to being controlled by the Tone. So you're initially just sucked into this world right off, knowing he's what they call Heedless but not what makes him so or what the complete extents of that is. You're inside his head as he tries to calculate how much of a danger he's in with those kids, and that apparently there's a bounty on his head. He's wanted. Why's he wanted? You don't know yet. There's also the part about his eyes, it seems from the sight of them you could tell if he was malleable to the Tone or not. Which makes this gang of teens realize he's Heedless and that maybe, just maybe he's the one a guy - or Alien - called Tiberius is after. You don't know anything about Tiberius, you don't know why he's after Holt, or whether or not it was Holt he was after, until they uncover his hand that the glove was hiding. There, underneath is this unfinished tattoo that makes them go bingo we found the kid. But then a vulture starts attacking those kids and throwing them into the deadly sky. Yes, I loved this particular description the most 'the deadly sky'. You don't usually expect the sky to be called that, but man, as the Vulture - a creature who's not explained further right then - starts plucking those kids, and Holt manages an incredibly narrow escape.

Tell me this doesn't intrigue you! I was just going to read a bit then go to sleep, but I couldn't stop. No matter how hard I tried, I really couldn't. I am usually not one for zombie books. Okay, I am never one for zombie books, but I gave in to this one.  What I didn't like about it mostly was that, sometimes it would lag and drag on. Other times it would get confusing and you'd have to keep reading on to get the whole picture but for sometime you'd be puzzled until things work themselves out.

Other than that, the book is absolutely incredible, I enjoyed reading it immensely and cannot wait to read more in this series. The author has a magnificent way with words and description, I'll most definitely be looking out for more books by him.

Rating: 4/5!


  1. Great review. And you're right, the cover is beautiful!

  2. I have heard so much of Midnight City. love the cover, and the synopsis is amazing!
    I have added this to my TBR
    GREAT review!
    Your reader,

    1. Really? I hadn't heard about it much before finding it on NetGalley, but it was cool :)

  3. I haven't heard about this one, either. It sounds good, though! Yet another one added to my ever-growing TBR. :) Cherie Reads