Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

Thirteen Days to Midnight
by Patrick Carman
ISBN-13: 9-780316-004039
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥

You are indestructable. Three whispered words transfer to Jacob Fielding an astonishing power that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of it’s implications. But there’s something addictive about testing the limits of fear, experiencing the thrill of walking through fire, or saving your friend from a beating in front of the whole school.

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? Jacob has only thirteen days to figure out how to harness this terrifying power…and the answer is chilling:

What if he has to kill the one he loves to save her?

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.

 

Thirteen Days to Midnight absolutely blew me away. It’s an intense thrill-ride of moral dilemma, love and death and had me hooked from the beginning.

Jacob is an orphan who thought he’d never have a family of his own until he met Mr. Fielding. An older gentlemen (although no one knows exactly how old he is), he took Jacob in, sent him to school, and became his family. But there was a car crash, and now Jacob’s on his own again, living at the church connected to his private Catholic school. Jacob has secrets, and one of them comes to light when he writes the words You are indestructable. J on the pink cast of the new girl at school, Ophelia. It soon becomes clear that Jacob is in posession of a power that allows him to be indestructable…and anyone he passes that power too. But there are consequences Jacob and his friends don’t forsee when playing hero, and soon Jacob is racing to save Ophelia’s life.

This book was breathtaking. The build up in the beginning, to when we find out about Jacob’s power, was perfect. Once Ophelia and Jacob’s best friend Milo find out, the action is non-stop until the end of the book. Carman’s idea for this power that Jacob has is amazing. The legend behind it and the way it can be used (and not used) is very unique. Mr. Fielding’s friends slowly lead Jacob in the direction to discovering the truth of why he was given this power, and the responsibilty that comes with it. A responsibility he eventually has to take hold of in both hands when the power begins to corrupt Ophelia.

The characters were written incredibly well; you can feel Jacob’s uncertainty and fear, and Ophelia’s desperation and madness. You really understand that Jacob and Milo have been pushed to the bitter edge in order for them to do what they do to save Ophelia. There were no real big surprises in the book (except for the solution to their problems in the end) – all the little hints that we’re given about the power and what’s happening to Ophelia and Jacob continued to add up all the way to the big reveal.

Thirteen Days to Midnight kept me up and reading from the foreshadowing epilogue to the heart-stopping ending. It’s easily one of my favourite books so far this year.

 

 
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