Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Thirteen days to midnight

“You are indestructible”.

Having a superpower sounds great in theory; but as Jacob Fielding finds out in “Thirteen Days to Midnight” by Patrick Carman, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

When Jacob walks away, without a scratch, from the car accident that killed his foster father, he just considers himself lucky. At that stage Jacob didn’t realise that the final words his foster father spoke before dying passed the power of invincibility on to him.

After writing those same words onto the cast on the new girls broken arm, Jacob realises that something has changed. He has passed on the power to her. After some experimenting, Jacob and his two friends realise that the power can be easily transferred between Jacob and others; but just because something can be done; does that mean it should be done????

Jacob finds himself torn with guilt, trying to determine who he should save with his power. He can’t save everyone, and each failure just adds to his guilt. But with each transfer of the power, something is changing. If you stop a death from happening; where does that death go? Will it catch up later; and who will it catch up to?



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