Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1) by J. Barton Mitchell

Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC
Series: Conquered Earth
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi,Young Adult
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything...

Earth has been conquered. An extraterrestrial race known as The Assembly has abducted the adult population, leaving the planet’s youth to fend for themselves. In this treacherous landscape, Holt, a bounty hunter, is transporting his prisoner Mira when they discover Zoey, a young girl with powerful abilities who could be the key to stopping The Assembly. As they make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, the trio must contend with freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and perhaps most perilous of all: Holt and Mira’s growing attraction to each other.
I'm very impressed and amazed by this book! I highly commend the author because it's been quite a while since I've encountered a story that is so intricate and full of depth. Midnight City is wrought with action, sci-fi, mystery, adventure and very complex characters.

Midnight City is about a world where aliens--known as the Assembly--have invaded the earth eight years ago and there are no adults around as a result of the alien's telepathic mind control; and the teens who still remain will eventually succumb to the control once they reach their early twenties, or sooner. So basically, there are only kids, teens and young adults (in special cases, some kids are immune to the mind control) left to fend for themselves. It was really interesting to read about how these kids created their own colonies and adapted as best they could to the situation. Their current existence is just so much different than what they used to know. It's also pretty terrifying at times, since there are frequent attacks from Assembly combat walkers and their flying crafts.

Holt, Mira and Zoey are the main characters of this novel, and I'm quite fond of all of them. I should also mention Holt's dog, Max, as a main character because he was present throughout the entire book, even if his point of view was never heard! They all pretty much started out alone at the beginning of the story, but then they were quickly thrown together--each under different circumstances--and they unintentionally became a solid, connected family. The dynamic and growing romantic connection between Holt and Mira was almost palpable, and their sarcastic banter was pretty hilarious as well! Zoey's character is pretty special as well, especially since there is so much mystery surrounding her origins and past. All of these characters are pretty impressive in their own ways, actually, and I'm pretty sure there will be a lot more to find out about them in the next installment of this series!

The author's vivid world building and imagery are some of my favorite things about this book. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I felt like I was right there with Holt, Mira and Zoey. I never knew what to expect, and some of the scary and creepy encounters these characters experienced made my heart-rate speed up quite a bit! I'm very much looking forward to continuing on this journey with Holt, Mira and Zoey.


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