Thirteen Days to Midnight, by Patrick Carman (2010)

Genre: Fantasy
Interest level: 14-adult
Thirteen Days to MidnightJacob Fielding has the power of invincibility. He’s not sure he wants it, and doesn’t really know what to do with it. When he accidentally discovers he can temporarily hand it to other people, Jacob and his friends Milo and Ophelia embark on a quest to test its limits. The efforts are almost comical in their horror, involving everything from chainsaws to bullets and not-very-tall buildings. Having determined the power is real, Ophelia convinces the boys to use it to save lives. Jacob is reluctant, but smitten by this new girl, he agrees. But these good intentions lead them down a path of collision with death and tragedy. The novel is set in Salem, Oregon, and the cool, damp weather is a perfect match for this dark and introspective tale. Carman develops distinctive, authentic voices for all three teens, and the plot moves along like a roller coaster ride, 13 days from start to finish, from lively teen energy to near death. It’s a dark story, and teens will love the questions Carman raises about Death, hell, and responsibility.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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