"Something about you is so ... 11:59. You don't belong." p.124
So this is Scott Westerfeld's first young adult book. I've read all the rest except this series and Leviathan, which just came out. It was really good and I enjoyed it. The concept is great though less original than his later books. It came across as appropriately chilling and suspenseful and occasionally funny and moved along at a nice pace. I liked Jessica and Jonathan and Dess and I'm not real sure about Melissa but Rex was okay. I've always found the idea of ancient creatures intriguing (must be why I'm a Buffy fan) and the mythology is great in this book without being too overwhelming, just enough to tantalize. I got a good image out of the book and I could definitely see it as a movie.