Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: … something awesome?? I actually have no idea.
Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.
Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire — and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life — Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.
Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing is so beautiful and her stories are so bittersweet and heartbreaking. After reading this I felt sad… but not in a bad way. More like how sometimes you feel lonely when you remember a good memory. Or when something happens that you know is right, but it doesn’t make it any less melancholy.
I’m honestly not sure how to review this. I’ll try though. *sobs*
As always, each of her characters were so well developed. Which is pretty amazing, as this book is under 300 pages. I got a clear sense of who each person was, and the intricacies of their personalities, motives, and hopes. There wasn’t a single dry or two-dimensional character in the book. I especially thought Adri’s development in particular was fantastic. She started out so closed off and lonely, and throughout the book slowly starts to feel okay letting people in. I’ll admit I didn’t like her at first. But she grows sooo much throughout the book.
I also really enjoyed Catherine’s journal and Lenore’s letters, and their individual stories were so sweet and compelling and the way they connected was really well done. Midnight at the Electric‘s greatest strength is the characters and the relationships between them.
One important thing to know about this book is that there really isn’t a plot. Nothing happens. But this book isn’t about what happens. It’s about relationships, romantic and friendly and familial, and the tiny moments that can change a life forever.
I did feel like Lenore’s and Catherine’s characters lost a lot of their development the second half of the book. Or maybe they just changed? Either way, I definitely preferred the first half. The second half was still so good, just not AS good. If that makes sense.
Also, didn’t like how SHORT this book was. I want more!! I need more!!
But really, the shortness really makes this book powerful. And the ending leaves a lot to the imagination, much like real life. (It was also so wrong and so perfect and just UGH MY FEELINGS SOMEONE SAVE ME.)
Would you pay $10 for Eternal Life? You Can at the Electric! Midnight Shows Only!”
That quote makes clear both the title and the ending of the book. My emotions are too muddled to discuss it clearly, but it is really poignant and compelling.
And that was a terrible review. But the FEELS. Ugh. Maybe I’ll reread this closer to the release date and write a more coherent review…
But really, the bottom line is: YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. It comes out in just a month!! Get it!! Read it!! Love it!!
Also, think it’s time to reread Tiger Lily. Because apparently I need more emotional agony in my life.
Have you read any of Jodi Lynn Anderson’s books?? If not, when will you?? Apparently I like getting my heart torn apart. Are you like that at all?
*Thank you to the publisher for the ARC!
** A couple instances of very light swearing.