Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published June 13th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.
Kansas, 2065. Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few 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 fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and 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 the First World War, Lenore struggles 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.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Just like the book, I’m gonna keep this review short and sweet. This is my first Jodi Lynn Anderson book (I have Tiger Lily and The Vanishing Season but haven’t cracked those open yet) and wow, this is different but I oddly like it.
The book has three settings, involving three different main characters and showing how they are all connected. One character also bears witness to all their stories: Galapagos the tortoise.
One thing all of the characters have in common, is that they have the thought of leaving. Adri, a colonist is leaving soon for Mars, to be one of the first inhabitants of the planet. Cathy is thinking of leaving Oklahoma with her family, because of the great Dust Bowl which is greatly affecting their health. Lenore is also planning to leave England to follow her friend Beth to America and start a new life.
It was really interesting that most of the story, especially for Cathy’s and Lenore’s parts, were told in letters and in journal entries. Their stories tackle on grief, loss, love, friendship, and family. It was also really fulfilling to finally find out how all three characters were actually connected to each other.
Overall it was a pretty entertaining read, though it feels a bit cut short. Like I wouldn’t mind if there was a bit more to the story. Definitely a book worth checking out!