He Said / She Said : Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

January 5, 2014 He said / She said 0

He Said / She Said : Midnight City by J. Barton MitchellMidnight City by J. Barton Mitchell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 30th 2012
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic
Pages: 384
Source: Purchase

Lord of the Flies meets War of the Worlds in J. Barton Mitchell's alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world where two teens and a young girl with amazing powers must stop the aliens’ mysterious plan

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, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.

As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all.

Midnight City is the breathtaking first book of the Conquered Earth series.

He Said / She Said

Where we bring you two completely different viewpoints about one fabulous book!Frame of insects

One opinion from the author of this website, Nova Reylin and the other, her hubby!

And today, we bring you:

He Says:

  • Cover: Not a huge fan. It’s ok
    Midnight City Audible
  • Synopsis: May have revealed a bit too much about the story itself. It’s like the first five chapters which doesn’t need to be said.
  • Page 99: — Listened on Audible.
  • Narrator — A little high pitch but he did an over all good job.
  • Favorite character: Max. Of course, who doesn’t like the dog? But the Max/Holt relationship was my favorite.
  • Plot pluses: Flowed really well, has some pleasant surprises, really good story.
  • Plot minuses: There were parts that were corny that really didn’t need to be in there.
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Further comments: Bit juvenile but really good overall. Very unique take on the end of the world scenario.


She Says:

  • Cover: Dark, mysterious, interesting! I actually think the Audible cover is more intriguing and more interesting to look at than the book cover.
  • Synopsis: Although like Paul says above there is a lot in there, it really is just the first few chapters. And you really have to read them to understand what is going on. So although it is a long synopsis I think it gives everyone a really good understanding of what they are going to delve into!
  • Page 99: Listened on Audible.
  • Narrator — I really like how I knew which person was speaking. Sometimes some characters get lost in the narration and you can lose the thread of what’s going on. With Kirby Heyborne he had the characters down so well. And had enough inflection to really keep me interested in the highs and lows.
  • Favorite character: I really like Mira. It so hard to choose a favorite in this book because the main characters are all very different with their own talents and issues. Each had a great story line. Zoey and Max were awesome but Mira’s sarcastic manner really got my funny bone.
  • Plot pluses: I really do enjoy apocalyptic books but this one just flew! I read it in a very short amount of time and then listened while we drove 24 hours back and forth. It is that catching that it will not put you to sleep while you drive!
  • Plot minuses:  There is a lot going on. It’s a lot to take in. This is one book where if you don’t read every word, you’ll miss something important!
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Further comments: Very happy that I listened to this after reading it. There’s just so much to put together and I was able to add threads that I didn’t get the first time around. Absolutely fabulous writing!
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