Thirteen Days to Midnight- Patrick Carmen

I am Indestructible.

I love this phrase from the book (Yeah, I know it’s simple and stuff… but it’s awesome!). I really wish I had come up with it so I can use it as my catchphrase. Therefore throughout this review starting from now I am going to use it as many times as I possibly can to celebrate how awesome that phrase is.

Thirteen Days to Midnight. DUM DUM DUM!!! It’s a pretty awesome book. The best I’ve read in a long time (so this review may be slightly biased towards the good side…). But of course it’s going to be good when Michael Grant (author of Gone, Hunger, Lies, etc.) recommends it.

Thirteen Days to MidnightSummary
On the night of Jacob Fielding’s adopted dad’s death he whispers three words to him: “You are Indestructible“. Then he dies in a car crash, but miraculously Jacob escapes unharmed, not even a scratch, even though he was in the same car.
A new girl called Ophelia James (also known as “Oh”) arrives in his little town and becomes friends with Jacob and his best friend Milo. And so they discover what “I am Indestructible” really means…
Jacob and Jacob alone (and by alone I mean, Oh and Milo as well) has the power to keep someone from harm with his “I am Indestructible” power. So they check out the news and stuff, so if anyone ever goes missing or is drowning, Jacob passes his power to them and ends up saving them from Death…
But “The Grim Reaper doesn’t disappear… he catches up.” From the Blurb.
And then the ending happens… but I can’t talk about it because it is so so so so so so good and by good I mean the ending is “Indestructible” within my heart. So obviously I can’t tell you…

Cons
Oh and Jacob
… AFTER TWO (or maybe three or four or five- I can’t really remember- just a number under thirteen) DAYS HE MAKES A MOVE ON HER… Just because she’s “pretty and dangerous”… He didn’t even really care about her personality because seriously… how can you actually get to know someone after two days…
But on the other hand… They were really cute together… Their love was “Indestructible“… even up to and including death. ;(

Pros
The Ending
sfhNEUKNARLCU. It tore my heart out. It’s like one of those Monsters of Men endings… ;(. But the good thing is, this time there is a “One week Later”… Urg,.. Forget it. It says so on the blurb on goodreads. So I’m just going spit it out. So I guess. Spoiler Alert- From Goodreads” “What if to save the girl he loves, he has to kill her?”… ;( so so so so sad… And because their love was “Indestructible” it must have killed him so much doing it over and over… ;(

Milo
The name says it all. How can someone be called Milo and NOT BE AWESOME? (Yeah, I may be sighting tweenies…. but seriously… even on that, Milo was pretty epic). He’s just such a good friend and knows Oh and Jacob so well… There was this one time though that I wanted to hit Jacob because he just ditched Milo for someone else… ;( It also makes me want to hit my brother because he’s doing the same idiotic thing to his best friend…

The Black Lion
AWESOME. Two “personalities” in one! And the way that he wrote it and stuff made it seem alive and all “I’m going to eat you because I’m a lion” attitude. AWESOME. I also like how it got confused about it’s “home”. It was cute imagining a “Indestructible” lion get confused… Although I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to actually see that in real life.

Oh
Ophelia James. Oh. I liked the name Oh actually. Although at times I did get a little confused “Oh! NO!” I like how she “developed”. It was quite cool but at the same time quite sad how she became more and more consumed… But it really tore my heart out when she wrote each of the crosses… ;( It turned out at the end she wasn’t as “Indestructible” as she thought…

Superpowers!
The last line was really cute. I’ll put it below. It rounded the story off nicely starting and ending with superpowers. At the beginning I was thinking of the normal superpowers that people think of. In the end I think I settled with Flying. But at the end I found myself agreeing with Jacob, the superpower to never be alone would be nice (but at times it would be a little annoying…) All superpowers have their “Indestructible” downfall somehow I guess…

Favourite Quotes

  • “I’ve stabbed two people with a fork today. What’s wrong with me?”
  • “The Grim Reaper doesn’t disappear… he catches up.”
  • “I go to a Catholic school and I’m telling you: invisibility = eternal damnation. You can take it to the bank.”
  • “Did I mention you’re going to have to drive on our date?” I asked.
    “Cheap bastard
  • “All I really want is to stay with my friends all the way to the end.
    The power to never be alone is the only answer there is for a guy like me”

Summary
So if you’ve managed to put up with all of my “Indestructibleness” throughout this review, give a pat on your back. 😛
So at the beginning I’d say it’s a four star book, but it picks up and becomes so freaking amazing in the end when akdsfhjasdfkjhl happens… ;(
But I guess Overall I’d give it 4.5 shuriken stars 🙂 An “Indestructible” book.

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