Thursday, July 1, 2010
Book Review: Thirteen Days to Midnight
Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
Summary from Goodreads.com
When Jacob’s foster father whispers, “You are indestructible” seconds before dying in a car crash that should’ve killed them both, Jacob never imagines he could possess a real superpower. To test it Jacob and his friends start indulging comic book-like fantasies. Later, they commit to use this amazing power of indestructibility to do good in the world and save others from death. But how do they decide who to save? And what happens when they blur the lines of life and death, right and wrong, and good and evil? Thirteen Days to Midnight is a nail-biting tale of dark intrigue, powerful romance, friendship and adventure.
I have been on this huge Patrick Carman kick lately. Ever since I read Skeleton Creek I have become a massively huge fan of this guy. I follow him on Twitter and Facebook and look forward to the new things that he is always pushing out to the world. I just finished this novel and I loved it. Once again, I read a book by him that was different from each of the previous novels and series. I have yet to finish a book by him and have that feeling you get after reading James Patterson where every novel has the same approach, style, and feel. After you have read about 3-5 Patterson novels you have him figured out for the other 50+ books he has created. With Patrick Carman, you never know what you are getting yourself into when you begin one of his books. With Trackers, he used the video/reading concept, but it was way different in feel compared to Skeleton Creek. 13DTM does not have any video feeds, but just because it is a regular novel does not mean he has lost his touch. This book is darker, more intense, and a little more intriguing in storyline. He brushed on the topics of good vs bad, religion in terms of God and using a superpower to try and make decisions as if a god, foul language(nothing too bad by any means, but really helps shape the storyline and make the dialogue more believable), and the large concept of friendship and falling in love.
I posted some of my thoughts while reading this book through one of my twitter accounts. You can go back and read some of my thoughts while I was reading. My account is coffeechugbooks
I am going on a limb here by stating that this might be my favorite novel of his. I was really into the storyline as I was confused and very interested in what would happen next. This is a bold statement on my part as I loved his other works. I plan on reading Ghost in the Machine as I have not read that one yet. I like to space out my series so plot is fresh on my mind as new releases come out.
As always, Patrick does have a cool website out for the book. Check it out here
Go out and read this book, post your thoughts here on the blog or my twitter account. This is one of the best books I have read this summer and I will be booktalking this book big time when school starts up again.
Great job Patrick and look forward to your new series and book three in the Skeleton Creek series as well.
Here is a video from the author