Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

Title: Midnight City
Series: Conquered Earth, #1
Author: J. Barton Mitchell
Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian
Genre: YA
Rating: 1 star out of 5 (DNF)
Lord of the Flies meets War of the Worlds in J. Barton Mitchell's alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world where two teens and a young girl with amazing powers must stop the aliens’ mysterious plan

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.

As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all. 

Midnight City is the breathtaking first book of the Conquered Earth series.


My Review

Oh, how I hate not finishing books. But it does happens sometimes. It wasn't that the book was a bad book, on the contrary, I don't believe that their are bad books. Just simply books that don't 'fit' you. Be it writing style, world building, characters, and/or that feeling of the book. Sometimes you encounter books like that. And this book just wasn't 'fitting' me at the moment. 

The reason I mainly put it down was because I just couldn't get into the world that Mitchell created. Yes, it was very intriguing and very interesting, at times. I found some of the ideas to be unique, but I also felt like their were too many similarities to other paranormal/alien books out there. So though there was a bit of uniqueness to his world, I also found too many similarities for my taste. 

On the other hand, I did enjoy his characters. I found them to be interesting and they definitely held their own personalities well. However, though the characters were interesting, they didn't held enough intrigue to keep me glued to the book. 

Now, I might wait and go back and try to pick this one up later. Maybe I'll be able to get into it later, but as of right now, this book just isn't for me. However, if you like the sound of this book and think that you might enjoy it I wholeheartedly encourage others to give it a try! You might end of liking it!



  1. Aww boo! It's a shame this one didn't work out for you but there is no reason to finish a book that just isn't working for you. Alien books can be so hit or miss. Thanks for the honest review Magen.

  2. Love this cover and sad to hear that it didn't work for you

  3. Hmm, don't think my first published...
    I love the cover but sorry to hear this one didn't work for you

  4. Sorry that this book wasn't for you, Magen! I hope your next read will be better.

  5. I hate having to DNF books, and I actually just posted a review on one lol. But it definitely happens, I do want to pick it back up, but after so many attempts of doing so, I doubt it. Sorry you didn't enjoy this!


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