Review: Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1) by J. Barton Mitchell

November 14, 2012 3 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 14 ★★★

Pabkin’s One Liner: Great characters but with hokey pokey plot points

In a post-apocalyptic world controlled by alien invaders, two teens and a young girl with mysterious powers embark on a dangerous journey. What they find will change everything…

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.

Midnight City is the breathtaking first novel in the Conquered Earth series, and a stunning work of imagination from debut author J. Barton Mitchell.

I’m a serious fence sitter when it comes to Midnight City. It started with great action right from page one – showed us a bit of mean post apocalyptic human behavior, but what really reeled me in was when the aliens came on the scene and sent everyone scurrying. I won’t tell how, but it got my blood pumping and me jonezing for more.

Then all of a sudden things get hokey. I was expecting more alien and it felt like I got magic or fantasy instead. All of the stuff about”strange lands artifacts” and combining them together to get the contraptions to do certain things. It didn’t throw me completely off the book, but I was mildly annoyed by it.

The idea of how the people succumb to the Tone and start going towards the Alien motherships uncontrollably was a cool idea. Having it show up visibly in the eyes was a great tension builder. I liked the three main characters and how the relationships slowly build and become more attached. It was well done and distracted me from the things I didn’t like about the story. For instance, Midnight city and its point system…so stupid that I made ugly faces every time it was mentioned.

Overall, enjoyable but I don’t know if I’d continue.

Tabitha the Pabkins

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14 Responses to “Review: Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1) by J. Barton Mitchell”

    • Pabkins

      Reading in public is funny! It scares people when you burst out laughing if you’re alone

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    I’m not totally into aliens, but I was planning to give this one a try. So the fact that it seems more fantasy/magic is a plus point for me 🙂 But I can understand that it’s annoying, because you wouldn’t suspect that from an alien story. The likeable characters and a slowly build relationship: great. I’m still not sure if I will try it out or not, but I will keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing your lovely review.
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    • Pabkins

      Yes I noticed that after I was done reading that a lot if other people have a similar feeling about the lack of actual alien stuff and the heavy concentration on what is essentially magic to me.

    • Pabkins

      Oh that is always bad news for me if I get bored enough to put a book down. I do however start multiple books at once..usually 20 pages in before I decide which one I am in the mood for.