Author: Patrick Carman
First line (and a little bit more): If you could have only one superpower, what would it be? People get that question all the time, but hardly anyone I've asked has a logical answer...The truth is that every power, no matter how amazing, is loaded with trouble of the worst kind.
Short Summary: Indestructibility. That's the gift 15-year-old Jacob is given when he and his guardian are involved in a terrible car accident. Mr. Fielding dies, but Jacob escapes unscathed. Just like Houdini. And now Jacob can make others indestructible, too....at least temporarily. But there are consequences. Not that Jacob, or his best friend, Milo, or Ophelia James, the beautiful new girl in school, can see those consequences when they first start experimenting with this new power. It's not until it's too late that they discover the ominous truth.
My thoughts: I needed a little bookish escapism this week and Thirteen Days to Midnight provided a fun and entertaining break from reality. It's fast-paced and well-written, Jacob's a great narrator, and I thought the teens' predicament was unexpected and inventive. Best of all, this diverting YA find required nothing from me but to sit back and enjoy the ride, which made it the perfect summer read for me.
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
Superpowers by David Schwartz