13 Days to Midnight
Released: April 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
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Synopsis: 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.
This is a haunting story of three teens who discover the perils linked to immortality. When Jacob reveals to his friends he is indestructible, and he can control the force at will, he cannot begin to imagine the events that will unfold. Set against the backdrop of a Catholic high school, 13 Days to Midnight is a thought-provoking book about playing God. Initially the teens use the force for good, to save lives. But, do they have the right? Soon, they become greedy for the power which unleashes a darkness in each of them.
Each chapter is one day leading up to the inevitable and gruesome consequence of playing with Jacob’s “super power”. The plot in this book was constantly on the move, which insured there was never a boring moment. But, since the book took place in just thirteen days, some of the relationships developed almost too quickly. I felt I had to willingly suspend disbelief more for the relationship between Jacob and new student and love interest “Oh” compared to the paranormal nature of the book. I would also say that this book is not for the faint of heart. There are events that many will consider disturbing, but I wouldn’t consider it gratuitous. Each scene, however heartfelt or disturbing, has a purpose.
I found this book to be addictive. Each day that passed, the darker the events and the greater the tension grew between the three teens. I read this book fairly quickly because I needed to know what happened next!