Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

If you could have only one super power, what would it be?

That’s the question that Jacob Fielding asks at the start of Thirteen Days to Midnight, the dark new book by Patrick Carman.  One Saturday morning in search of breakfast, Jacob and his foster-father, Mr Fielding are out driving when they crash into a tree.  The last words that Mr Fielding says to Jacob are ‘You are indestructible.’  Mr Fielding dies, leaving Jacob completely unhurt and trying to figure out why. As he experiments, Jacob discovers Mr Fielding has transferred an amazing power to him – he is now indestructible.  The priests that run his school take Jacob in and he eventually goes back to school, where his best friend Milo introduces him to the new girl, Ophelia James (or Oh for short).  Oh is a bit of a daredevil and so she’s come off her skateboard and broken her arm.  She wants Jacob to be the first to sign her cast, but when Jacob signs it with ‘You are indestructible,’ the trouble begins.  They realise that by uttering those three words, Jacob can transfer his power to another person.  They test the power out and use it to help save others.  But with every heroic act, the power grows stronger and soon feels more like a curse.

I got totally engrossed with this story and couldn’t put it down.  The story twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  It’s a story that really makes you think.  There are lots of unanswered questions about Mr Fielding’s past and the power that Jacob has inherited, and you keep trying to put the pieces of the story together to answer these questions. One of the things I really liked about the story was the dark, creepy atmosphere , which tells you that this isn’t your normal story about a boy getting super powers.  I also loved the way that Patrick Carman weaved history into the story, with the connection to a famous magician.  Thirteen Days to Midnight is a story full of suspense, action, mystery, and a curse passed down through time.   Recommended for 12+   10 out of 10

2 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Madison said,

    Omg I love your book I’m still reading it but wow it is awesome

  2. 2

    Hope Walker said,

    14 hours to midnight and counting

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