Midnight City

Midnight City : A Conquered Earth Novel

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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, telekinetic super-signal broadcast across the planet, which has reduced them to a state of complete subservience. But the tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach twenty-one or twenty-two years old. This means that there is one group left to fight. Teens. Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, a treasure seeker who has escaped from Midnight City after being sentenced to death. It's not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn't something for which Holt bargained. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after he captures Mira. Venturing inside the ship, despite the tied-up Mira's objections, Holt finds a young girl who can't remember anything except her name: Zoey. The three soon begin an adventure through alien-conquered North America, encountering young freedom fighters, powerful artefacts of strange science that seem like magic, pirates and brigands, and frightening mutated creatures of the night, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the Assembly. Zoey, in the meantime, starts to exhibit amazing powers while Holt and Mira begin to realize that this young girl just may be the key to stopping the alien invaders.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • Griffin Publishing
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1250009073
  • 9781250009074
  • 780,278

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Mitchell's prose debut, the first in a dystopian sci-fantasy series, is an imaginative mix of danger and humor...The action will keep readers turning the pages. "Kirkus Reviews" Comic-book author Barton's first prose novel offers a bold narrative style, strong characters, and fast-paced action that will appeal to genre fans. Readers may feel disoriented at being dropped into a larger story already in progress, but the cinematic experience is enjoyable enough to convince them to just hold on during the wild ride. "Booklist" "Midnight City "hooked me right from the moment Holt first tries to capture Mira and takes her prisoner only to realize he's dealing with a girl who's got some serious survival skills. The two characters are complete equals, more than any other fictional co-star team I've read and yet they're enemies. I knew exactly what would happen with Mira and Holt's instant chemistry and yet, I had to read on just to watch this amazing, action packed journey, both emotional and physical, unfold. "Julie Cross, international bestselling author of Tempest" I have succumbed to "Midnight City"! Just like Holt, who fights to liberate a conquered Earth, I now see that great things can happen. After all, J. Barton Mitchell wrote this novel. I have hope of another. As soon as possible. "Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Saga" When the adults mysteriously disappear, who will save the day after earth is conquered by aliens? In J. Barton Mitchell's riveting post apocalyptic tale, the kids are the last line of defense. Centered around engaging (and conflicted) characters, "Midnight City "hurtles you into a story teeming with frightening monsters, bizarre techno-magic and edge-of-your-seat action. "Jana Oliver, award-winning author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter""show more

About J. Barton Mitchell

J. BARTON MITCHELL is a screenwriter, comic book writer, and author. He studied creative writing at the University of Houston before going on to receive a B.S. in Film Studies from the University of Texas. After selling screenplays to Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, he created and wrote the comic book series "Poe, " published by Boom! Studios in 2009. Mitchell lives and writes in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.show more

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1,511 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 33% (494)
4 38% (580)
3 20% (298)
2 6% (90)
1 3% (49)

Our customer reviews

(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book thanks to St. Martin's Griffin, and Netgalley.) 20-year-old Holt lives in a dystopian world, where aliens (known as The Assembly) have taken over, and most adults have succumbed to the 'Tone' - a telepathic mind control signal which causes adults eyes to turn black, and then they go walking into the 'Presidium' and never come back. Holt however is heedless - the Tone has no effect on him, and he works as a bounty hunter, catching people wanted by the people of Midnight City, and taking the cash reward. 15-year-old Mira is a 'Freebooter' - she sneaks into 'The Strange Lands' and brings out 'artefact's' which become charged with magical powers outside of 'The Strange Lands'. Mira is wanted by the people of Midnight City, and has a bounty on her head. Holt has tracked and captured Mira, and is making his way to Midnight City when one of the alien aircraft crashes, and Holt decides to look inside for things to scavenge. What he finds instead is an 8-year-old girl - Zoey, who the aliens seem to want back. Holt, Mira, and Zoey begin to make their way toward Midnight City, but why do the aliens want Zoey? What lurks in the flooded plains that they must cross? And what adventures lie in store for them once they make it to Midnight City? This was an okay little dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy, with plenty of weird stuff - aliens, zombies, magic etc. It wasn't too scary, although there was no shortage of enemy encounters in one form or another, and the flashbacks to when the attack originally happened - showing Holt with his parents and younger sister, gave a nice background to the story. I liked how Holt showed compassion, and real depth of character, and Mira was a sweet girl even if she was a freebooter. I wasn't really sure what to make of Zoey, other than to be a little wary of her and why the Assembly wanted her so much. Midnight city itself was not only physically complex (made out of caves with loads of secret passageways) but had a complex hierarchy consisting of opposing factions, and point scoring and wasn't what I expected at all. The story really kicked up a notch towards the end, with adventures and twits that I didn't see coming, and the revelations were also interesting. I did find this book didn't grab my attention all that well, although I don't really understand why. Maybe it is aimed at younger teens? I'm sure that other people will enjoy this though! Overall; an interesting mix of genres and ideas 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
I first learned about "Midnight City" through one of the blogs I frequently visit and upon seeing the cover, and reading its description, I just knew I had to read it and I'm definitely glad I did. I loved this book from the first chapter and that didn't change at any point in the story. The pace of the book is very fast and action packed. Even when it's "slow", there's always something happening which, in my case, means I was never bored. The author was very detailed in his descriptions and that helped me "see" better what was happening in the story as I read. I also feel the need to mention that although I tend to intensely dislike the overuse of flashbacks, or an author relaying on them as the primary storytelling device, I liked how these were incorporated into this story. They didn't feel out of place or overused and it definitely worked to move it along instead of weighting it down. Another thing which kept me very interested in this book was the mystery surrounding Zoey and how I didn't have to wait for the second book, or an in-between short story or novella, to start learning about who she is and how important she is to the story. This doesn't mean the author gave it all away; there are still some questions that need to be answered. I almost never like more than one of the main characters in a book, if I even like one, but in "Midnight City", I loved them all. I loved Holt, Mira, Zoey, and "the Max". It was great seeing them grow, strengthen their bonds, and become a team, even possibly a family. Something I usually have issues with in books is how females are portrayed. But all the females in the story were strong in their own ways, even the despicable ones like Lenore and Amelia. This made me love the book even more. Also, when what little romance there was in the story popped up Mira didn't become completely boy crazy, just boy crazy enough, if that makes any sense. There's also no dreaded love triangle, which I feared for a few pages would happen when a couple of characters appeared or were mentioned. This earned the book extra points. I do have nagging feeling maybe it will happen in the second book, but I'm not going to worry about that now. Although, I really hope there won't be one. "Midnight City" turned out to be one of those very pleasant surprises I find now and then. It was intense, moving, and interesting. I'll even say it was one of the best books I have read this year. To be honest, I didn't want it to ever end.show more
by Ari Correa
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