Holt Hawkins, one of three narrating protagonists, was 12 when the aliens invaded and acted as extraterrestrial Pied Pipers, stealing away anyone over the age of 18 by using a magical transmitted frequency. Holt, however, is immune to the frequency, so at 20 years old, he’s sort of an old-timer.
Enter Mira, expert in the “magic” the aliens brought to earth with them. Also enter Zoey, a little kid with “magic” powers that also have to do with the aliens.
Enter aliens, who want Zoey because she’s some sort of “chosen one” or whatever.
Cue national search-and-destroy mission and three kids on the run.
I’d say that has the makings for a pretty good plot, all told.
It was honestly a nice change for the main character to not actually be the “chosen one” or “the most special of all specials” for once. Holt was a normal guy, except that he was immune to alien magic, but even then he was hardly one of a kind. He was a refreshing change from the norm.
Altogether, Holt, Mira, and Zoey were nice, likable characters. I was interested in their individual stories and invested in their success. I would, personally, have wanted a bit more depth in their characterization and motivation, but what J. Barton Mitchell gave me wasn’t bad.
Where Midnight City and I had a disagreement was over the action scenes. Confession time: in any given book, action scenes bore me. I just cannot get engaged in those parts. Problem was, Midnight City has a lot of “fight scenes”—I struggled with them, not going to lie. I think Mitchell is a good writer, if a bit wordy, but that type of thing is just not something I enjoy in a book.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Midnight City. I most certainly did. I just think that I would have liked it more had things been different. Either way, though, Midnight City was far from being a waste of my time, and J. Barton Mitchell’s Conquered Earth series is one to watch out for.