SciFi Book Review: Midnight City

Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

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.

Holt is a Heedless, a rare condition that means he’s immune to the Tone, a mind controlling contagion that leads the infected to the aliens. The aliens are a bit of a mystery, as are most of the characters’ histories. Holt is tries to keep others at a distance so he won’t feel the hurt of loss again. Mira is trying to get her prize and make it back to Midnight City to rescue her friend. And Zoey has no memory of her past, but she may be the key to fighting back against the aliens.

Science fiction fans of all ages will enjoy this exciting and riveting read. With a similar feel and setting to the show Falling Skies, I was hooked from the start. The first novel in the Conquered Earth series, Midnight City, is a non-stop adventure thrill ride. Mystery, suspense, drama, a bit of romance, aliens robots, mutants, and technology so advanced that seems like magic – this story has it all. Easily one of my favorite scifi reads of the year, this was impossible to put down. Don’t miss this fantastic series debut.

Midnight City releases from St. Martin’s Griffin on October 30, 2012.

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