Monday, April 27, 2015

'Midnight City' by J Barton Mitchell


Lord of the Flies meets  War of the Worlds in  J. Barton Mitchell's  alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world  where  two teens and a youngc girl with amazing powers must stop the aliens’ mysterious plan
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. 

Midnight City is the breathtaking first book of the Conquered Earth series.

I love the characters. They're all really interesting. Neither of them are the same. They have special personalities. Great ones. And special powers. 
Colt is brave. He's strong too. He has a motto. Survive. And his past is dark. His sister especially. I like that. Colt is a great guy. A nice guy even. He pretends like he doesn't care. But he does. I like this tough guy not really character. It's pretty awesome. I've sucker for tough characters. They have secrets. Reasons for being tough. Colt's is his sister. And he becomes more and more fascinating. He is someone else. A caring person. A loving person even. And that's amazing. 
Mira is smart. I love her cocky personality. She's such a cool person. And she is dangerous. And wicked smart. I like her personality. She's brave and daring. But she has secrets. Secrets in Midnight City. Demons in Midnight City. She has to accept them. And she's slowly turning towards the Tone. She's a fighter. Mira fights. Plus, she uses her knowledge like a sword. How to use different artifacts. How to take different artifacts. (Ehem. Chance Generator.) 
Zoey is fascinating. There is just something about her. It's not her childish personality. Well...maybe. Her childish personality contradicts her words and the feelings. It's as if she doesn't care. I'm not sure who Zoey is. She's childish, but she has the feelings. (Which I think is the Tone talking to her.) Who is Zoey? Is she Heedless? Is she human? (Was she never human to begin with?) There are so many questions. (Don't worry. You'll find out something later.) 

The plot is great. Fast-paced. Mysterious. Daring. It's fascinating. 
The story kept me going. I want to read more. The action is good too. It was fast. The characters were fighters. That made their fights better. (If that makes sense.) The plot also reveals things about all three characters. Emily. Ben. And the Apex. All these things are revealed. They change the characters which change their actions which affects the plot. 
I do think there is a problem, though. They don't really go outside of Midnight City. Why is that? They don't think about running until it's too late. I feel like Mira could have avoided this by leaving. (Or not returning.) Then wouldn't find out part of Zoey's backstory. And the inhabitants of Midnight City are all focused on their Points. Is that resemblance to today's society? We're all in love with our money. Is that implying anything? I'm unsure of the truth. I want to say this is an economic thing. Not sure, though. 

The romance isn't bad. It's kinda cute actually. I'm a huge fan of enemy-turned-lover. (I don't know why.) And this is a good example of it. I like how the characters don't rush. It's slow and gentle. And it's not you can't see the chemistry. It's definitely there. You can see it.
What I don't like is that Holt seems fixated on Mira's physical attributes. I think it's okay for the emerald we this. That's important to the story, the Tone and all. I get it. Nice lady figure means you likey. Okay okay. But really? Physical looks aren't all that important. Not to me, at least.

I actually liked the premise. The world has ended. There is the Tone. The only people exempt? Children and the Heedless. We have Mira and Holt. A Freebooter and a bounty hunter. And Zoey. They are all interesting characters. The story has many terms. Freebooter. Spiders. Osprey. Many things. And the world is different. There are stories with alien types. But this story is different. 

The What a surprise. What a reveal. I loved the ending. In a way. This story was so open ended. Lots of things could happen. Or not happen. Seems interesting, right? Indeed. I think the ending really highlights Zoey's importance. And how she is more powerful than anyone else. 

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