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Review: Midnight at the Electric

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Title: Midnight at the Electric
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi/fantasy
Page Count: 272
Published by: HarperCollins
Date Published: June 13, 2017
You can find it here: Bookshop.org


Told among three women and three different time eras, this is an emotional read of connecting fates and stories.

Adri, Kansas in 2065 has been accepted into the Mars Mission program – a group of esteemed scientists colonizing Mars. But a few weeks before launch she finds a journal while staying at her cousin’s farm in Kansas that changes her perspective on life.

Oklahoma, 1934, Catherine is living in the fear and uncertainty of the great depression, and desperately wants to save her little sister from her debilitating illness. When a strange circus pulls into town, with a mysterious man promising mortality, Catherine drains her life savings to save her.

England, 1919, Lenore is struggling to recover from the death of her brother from WWI and is dreaming of escaping to America to live with a childhood friend. But will her friend be the person she remembers and can she help her heal?

Overall Thoughts

Surprisingly, this has very little to do with the Circus. But no matter, this is an exceptionally stunning itty bitty novel that completely blew me away with its emotional depth and complexity of character – all layered within a weaving narrative of environmental urgency. While this 270 page book is broken amongst three characters, we get a very clear, very deep emotional connection to each woman and, even more surprising, for a split narrative storyline, I enjoyed every arc equally. Not typical in most multi point-of-view, multiple timeline stories.

This is truly a stunning, emotionally riveting read that is wonderfully executed as an audiobook and I highly recommend listening to it as such as it brings these characters and their individual voices to great life and depth. Truly a special read that tugged on my heart strings.

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