blo Teens Read and Write: The Midnight Charter (Giveaway Points Post)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Midnight Charter (Giveaway Points Post)

By David Whitley
Pub: Sept 1, 2009
336 pages

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(This review is actually by Anna Hart. Thanks Anna!)

Do you need something? Well you aren't going to get it if you don't have something worthwhile to trade...not in Agora anyways.

Mark comes from the slums of Agora, only managing to escape the deadly plague because his father sold him. Lily is the servant who takes care of Mark in his new home. In their world where everything -including their lives- can be bought and sold, their only goal is survival.

When the two get a chance to switch lives, they take it. Lily goes outside in the world and Mark remains in the tower, acting as a servant to the mysterious Count. While Mark moves up in fame and fortune, becoming a wondrous astrologer, Lily starts the first Almshouse for the poor. Both of their lives remain entwined, seemingly by destiny. But when Lily discovers the Midnight Charter -started by Agora's founders- she realizes that her city and its elite have some very serious secrets. She and Mark are forced to make dangerous decisions...some that may alter the very future of Agora itself.

Creative and interesting, but also a book that makes you think. The Midnight Charter does have a distinct message hidden in it, but not the cliche messages that often bore one to tears when reading a YA novel.

In the beginning the book slid along quickly and smoothly, keeping me completely mesmerized by Agora's political intrigue and intertwined secrets. As the book slows down a bit, you are attached enough to the characters to continue reading. And if you stick with it to the end, well, the revealing of the mysteries was all the reward I needed.

Overall, I recommend this book for people who enjoy hidden meanings spiced masterfully with entertainment. I would read this book again, simply to uncover more and more of the secrets.

We have a copy of The Midnight Charter available in our MegaBook Giveaway. Go the contest post to enter!


Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting.I'll have to check it out.

pepsivanilla said...

I've never heard of this book, but it definitely sounds interesting.

Bunny B said...

Ooo... mysterious and intriguing. I like!

Blodeuedd said...

Really, one that makes you think, without going duh, I like that

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I'll pass, but thanks for the great review. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Very cool. Great review. I like stories that make you think.

Stormi said...

Sounds interesting I might put it on my library list (the list where I don't want to buy but want to read

Unknown said...

I haven't heard of this one. Thanks for sharing it. I'll be checking it out.

ninefly said...

usually stories like this with a message either turn out really good or ends up sounding like a broken tape, I really hope it's the former
the buying/selling of lives also sounds like good material to develop social commentary
also, the cover is creepy and kinda pretty at the same time (in terms of colors, not wrinkles)

- ninefly(at)

cait045 said...

Sounds like a cool book to read!

mariska said...

I've never heard of this book. It's interesting :)

Kristen said...

Looks like a book that will make you think a bit. And we all need that type of book now and again. :-D

Llehn said...

Whoa! I want to read this!

donnas said...

Great review. I like books you can get more out of each time you read it.

Ailsa said...

Ooh, this sounds really great! I'll definitely put it on my 'to buy' list. It sounds like the kind of fantasy stories that I gobbled through a few years ago, before I got (pleasantly) stuck in an urban fantasy groove. I'm trying to rediscover fantasy novels now.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I have to say that the synopsis doesn't really tell much about the book, but maybe that's the point. I like a little mystery anyway.

The cover creeps me out too, so I'm intrigued.

:D Nikki

Orchid said...

Sounds like it could be an interesting read. :)

booklover said...

I've only heard of this book, not read it, but I must say, the cover is creeping me out.

Brittany said...

This book seems very mysterious and intriguing.

Sheere said...

Mysterous book? great!
The man in the cover remembers me of Voldemort!

Katy said...

Sounds interesting. Hidden meanings are always fun to try to figure out.

CeeCee said...

For whatever reason if a book has slum's in it I'm automatically attracted to it. That is probably a little weird. Midnight charter is a book I'm definitely interested in.


brizmus said...

That looks like Voldemort on the cover!
I love how the hidden meanings are "spiced masterfully with entertainment." What a great way to put it!
Agora sounds like a place that I would hate to live.

Brodie said...

This sounds really interesting! I hadn't heard of it before but you've certainly intrigued me enough to read it!

And LOL at the other comments. He does sort of resemble Voldemort!

Teddyree said...

Sounds like an intriguing read, one I'd enjoy!

babygirlG said...

Awesome cover! I have chills!

Alessandra said...

This sounds... sort of creepy.

Sarbear said...

IT DOES look like Voldemort!

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