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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) - Scott Westerfeld The idea is awesome - a group of teens that are "awake" in a secret 25th hour of the day, while the rest of the world is frozen in time - but the execution and story were lacking. There was a veeery slow buildup to the mystery and discovering the answers behind what was going on, and while you got hints of each character's personality, it was never really enough for me to truly fall in love with any of them. I found myself wondering when the book would get more interesting (and it did towards the end) but then I found that the falling action and dénouement were too jarring and not conclusive for this book to be satisfying on its own. Pretty unfortunate.