Early reviews are in for Thirteen Days to Midnight

Early teen readers have piped in on Thirteen Days to Midnight, but first a word from Kirkus, one of the toughest book reviewing organizations around.

A ward of the state for most of his life, Jacob has bounced from home to home until landing with the eccentric and mildly iconoclastic Mr. Fielding—who, when the car they’re in hits a tree at 60 miles an hour, dies, but not before passing on an unusual attribute. And with the same three simple words, the 15-year-old forever alters his life and the lives of his two friends, Milo and Ophelia, as he passes along his power of invulnerability. Using the power for altruistic purposes after a period of extreme experimentation, Jacob learns that protection from death comes with a steep price. Instead of offering a horror movie rip-off, Carman explores survivor’s guilt and raises theological issues, all within an action-packed and twisted tale. Ophelia’s haunting breakdown adds a second layer of complexity to the narrative, though Milo seems to avoid any sort of development. Mr. Fielding’s journals offer slightly more exposition than is necessary, but the author pulls the story together without too heavy a hand. Page-turning suspense through the end.

And these from teen readers – thank you for taking the time participate!

Hip Scout Reviews 2/10
Thirteen Days to Midnight

Patrick Carman fans will be in awe when they finish Thirteen Days to Midnight.  Being a huge fan myself, I can easily say this is quite simply his greatest work yet.  The reader is immediately caught from the beginning and thrust into the mysterious life of Jacob Fielding.  Thirteen Days to Midnight is simply excellent and shows the dark side of having a super power.

-Jeff, 17

This supernatural novel is an excellent addition to young adult literature. This new novel makes fantasy and superpowers real and believable. It’s got laugh-out-loud moments and reads like a movie in the reader’s head, perfect for drawing more teen boys into reading. Thirteen Days to Midnight is compulsively readable entertainment from cover to cover.
-Chloe, 17

Thirteen Days to Midnight was unlike any other book I have ever read. It was well put together and had an awesome plot. Though the middle of the book was a little “let’s get this over with already” in the end, it all made sense and the wait was totally worth it. While I had previously never heard of Patrick Carman, I will be looking for more of his books in the future.
-Victoria, 17

I think Thirteen Days to Midnight was a great book. Suspenseful and engaging. I’ll definitely recommend this to my friends. 🙂
-Hannah, 16

Thirteen Days to Midnight is a thrilling read. Immerse yourself in this exciting story as you’re pulled into the race to keep life and figure out the mysteries of death.
-Alexandra, 15

I really enjoyed the latest book from Patrick Carman, /Thirteen Days to Midnight/. The story of Jacob, his friends, and their quest to stop death and save people was both fascinating and terrifying. Jacob’s power seemed like a gift at first, but as the plot progressed it was clear there was more to the “dark lion” inside him than met the eye.
The novel reads like a serial killer-in-reverse: Jacob feels compelled to keep death away from his friends at first, but then he tries to save strangers and even enemies. Jacob’s relationships with Milo and Ophelia were complex and realistic. Milo and Jacob are best friends, and although Ophelia comes between the two they remain close. I was really struck by the intensity of Ophelia’s character. The first impression of Ophelia is that of the typical teenage “beauty”, but she takes a dark turn early on and the end result was shocking (literally and figuratively). I would definitely recommend this book to teenagers of all ages, especially those interested in supernatural and unexplainable events.
-Jess, 20

A mix of science fiction, with some romance sprinkled over, and fantasy. Thirteen Days to Midnight is a captivating read. It churns with emotion. A tale of friendship, magic, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and hardships. It is an excellent choice for high school students.

-Rachana, 16 

I read Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman and absolutely loved it. From the very first page, the author humorous tone drew me in, and the plot itself was fascinating. I feel that this is a book that many young adults will love, as they can relate to some of the difficult choices the protagonist has to make throughout the novel. This story of suspense, intrigue and adventure   will draw in readers.

-Caroline, 16

Patrick Carman is back with another stunning literary adventure with Thirteen Days to Midnight. The last words Jacob Fielding’s stepfather ever said to him said were, ‘You are indestructible.’ The second after, the two were in a car crash that should’ve killed them both. But Jacob survived, beginning a dizzying chain of near-death experiences with Jacob and his quirky friends Milo and Ophelia, who prefers to be called Oh. Jacob, Milo, and Oh work together to learn about the mysterious power Jacob gained, but, like Spider-Man, Jacob must balance great power with great responsibility. The countless tests, challenges, and heartbreaks Jake, Milo, and Oh face make Thirteen Days to Midnight one of the most thrilling page-turners of the year!
-Zoey, 16

Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman is about a boy named Jacob Fielding who inherits a mysterious power from his father that makes him indestructible. When his new girlfriend, Ophelia, suggests that he use the power to save other people he agreed, until a darkness began to show through power, and he only has thirteen days to figure  out how to put things back to normal. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a thrilling read full of mystery!
-Kayla, 19

This was one of the most interesting books I’ve read so far. The plot was new and different without being completely out there; Carman managed to make it seem completely plausible, by discussing Jacob’s own disbelief. It was a great read, and I very much enjoyed it.
-Maggie, 18

What an amazing read! Had a hard time putting this one down. Characters were very relatable and the details were spot on. I will have to say I willing be looking for other titles by him.
-Noelle, 22

Thirteen Days to Midnight, like the power it describes, is addicting.  The take on the superpower (indestructibility) is original, and I enjoyed seeing its effects slowly play out over the course of the novel.  The main characters work well together.  Milo, small but scrappy and incredibly amusing – as well an unexpected source of wisdom – is my favorite.  Perhaps it’s that his parents own a book store or that he’s the first to realize something’s a little off about Jacob’s power; whatever the reason, he’s the character with which I most identified and would most want by my side if I suddenly became indestructible.  Jacob, too, I could relate to, sympathizing with his guilt over Mr. Fielding’s death and his many stays in foster homes. I particularly loved seeing Milo and Jacob’s friendship react to Oh, the power, and the secrets everyone — from Milo’s father to Father Tim — were keeping.  I also enjoyed the contrast between what Jacob, Milo, and Oh were doing and the intermittent scenes of normal life — the priests and their morning habits, the bullies, the other students at Holy Cross, and Oh’s protective mother.  It made the darkness of the superpower that much more pronounced and intriguing.     
A very good read; at times hysterical, at others disturbing, but always worth it.
-Sacha, 17

Thirteen Days to Midnight was an amazing book! I will admit that it was a little slow at first.  And the characters weren’t as thorough as they could have been with the testing of their “powers,” but other than that it was very well written and realistic. I like that fact that the kids did their best to keep the power a secret while still trying to help other. The draw back to the power was a very creative idea as well as the way it was fixed. The ending was fantastic and I stayed up to finish it until 1am. It was that good!
-Bella, 15

4 Comments

  1. Aimee says:

    I love the book and I am only in elementary school it is a life changing world for Jacob. He killed his Forster dad and is being bullied by this mean kid Ethan.

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  3. Steve says:

    sounds like a pretty good read to me 🙂 but it seems like theres some pretty big spoilers among some of those reviews

  4. Dan says:

    What I have been seeing so far is thrilling me beyond belief. I really enjoy the integration the book shall have with 13dtm.com. It just keeps getting better and better…
    Cheers to you, Pat!

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