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Title: The Midnight Society
Author: Rhonda Sermon
Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.
Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.
As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.
When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.
With the distinction between good and evil blurred, Cate’s faced with the choice of which side to join to enable her to save her family. Should she rewrite history and risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?
The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.
The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.
I was really excited to read to read this book. The synopsis sounded great and since the author was a fellow Australian, it made things for me personally all the bit better. When I began reading the book, I found the storyline to be really captivating, interesting and overall really enjoyable to read. The story never had a dull moment for me and was written really well. I really enjoyed how the world building was done. Even though it was written in modern time, there were so many different aspects that might be overlooked that were done really well.
I really loved the concept of time travel during this book. Often during time travel books, we see the characters travelling to the future and the past with little change when they go back to their present day. I really liked how there were different groups, wanting two very different things. You got to see the difference each day when the past was changed. I liked how real life events such as the sinking of the Titanic were used to show how the past impacts our future for the worst but also for the best. This concept also added a touch of humour especially at the beginning when the timesurfers’ minds would be left untouched after an event change leading to a lot of confusion and humour. I also really enjoyed the different “powers” that different characters possessed. The different concepts in this book really added to the book being really unique.
The characters in this book were written really well. The main character Cate is an amazing, kick-ass character that you cant help but love. I did find it odd about how she had to have a boyfriend when she was trying to blend into the community though. I really enjoyed learning about each character as the book went along. There were so many twists and turns that were unexpected when it came to the characters. Unfortunately, the only thing I can fault is that I found it hard to connect to the characters in the book. I did enjoy reading about them but I cant say that I really connected to them. Saying that, a slightly younger audience would most likely connect with these characters compared to audience which are adults. The way you connect with a character really depends on your own experience and I feel like many would be able to connect with these characters. Even though I was unable to connect to the characters, it did not hinder my experience of reading the book.
Overall, this book was a action-packed, fast paced and humorous novel that would definitely appeal to a young teen audience. While I did really enjoy this book, I did find it hard to connect to the characters on a personal base but for a younger audience, I feel like this shouldn’t be a problem. This book was really well written and the author should be commended on this. I’m really looking forward to the Sequel called The Midnight Elites which should be released in December this year!
Rating: 4/5 stars