- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062393545
- ISBN-13: 978-0062393548
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., with her husband, her son, and an endless parade of stray pets.
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Midnight at the Electric is a standalone YA novel.
The book features three stories woven together. There are three young women who feature prominently in this book: Adri in 2065, Catherine in 1934 and Lenore in 1919. For this reason I'm not even sure exactly what genre to put this book in. It is sort of part futuristic and part historical.
The main narrator is 16-17 year old Adri (3rd person POV). Her story takes place almost 50 years in the future. Adri moves in with her older cousin Lily in preparation for moving to Mars.
I was actually hoping that we would see Adri's life on Mars. But the book basically just focuses on the months before as she prepares to leave.
Adri's chapters are interesting because she is not very likable. She is very distant and reclusive. And for much of the story I really did not like her. But I loved Adri with Lily. This was the best part of the book for me.
Catherine's story takes place in 1934. 16 year old Catherine's story is told only through journals and letters.
Lenore lives in England in 1919 and her story is also told through letters.
I am not a huge fan of historical books. But both Catherine and Lenore's stories were interesting. But I don't love that their entire stories are told through letters and journals.
The last part of the book was interesting, seeing how everyone ended up and finding out how the stories tied together.
Overall, the story was enjoyable. I liked how everything tied together. I really enjoyed Catherine's relationship with her sister Beezie. It was definitely unusual to have two time periods set in the past and one time period in the future. Catherine's adventure was intriguing. Lenore's life was interesting (seeing how much she missed her best friend). Adri's world was fascinating. I loved the idea of them getting a group together to settle on Mars. The story was about three young women, each trying to do what was right for themselves. We got to see the people that they each loved. This was definitely a character driven story, quite different from anything I've read previously.
Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.
Anderson intertwines all three narratives beautifully, and while the stories are at times heartbreaking they still give the reader a sense of hope. Of them, I found myself more invested in Catherine's part of the tale. I haven't read that much YA historical fiction set during the Dust Bowl and the author does a good job of bringing the uncertainty and direness of the situation. Plus, while Adri isn't the most likeable character, she's still pretty great (We INTJ's have to stick together!) and I couldn't help but to relate to her. I think a good deal of that comes from her near obsession with discovering more and more about Catherine and Lenore through the letters she has discovered - I've been doing something similar since I discovered old letters from a family member I had never heard of before a few years ago (Turns out she's one of the most fascinating people in my family - I'd give anything to sit down and talk to her. If only she hadn't died 67 years ago!) Anyway, before I get too sidetracked by my ongoing genealogy projects, if you're interested in stories of sisterhood and friendship through time, I think you'll love Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
This book is about understanding the past and the possibilities of the future.
It's also about love and turtles and long-lost letters.
I won't say much more about what happens.
It's books like these I love to hand to YA naysayers who assume that YA is obsessed with frilly oversexed romances and vampires. This book could just as easily be in Oprah's book club as it could be a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers title .... it's thoughtful, captivating, and tightly wound, telling a story in about 250-ish pages. The story is perfect; it doesn't drag, and it keeps us compelled the entire time.
This book reminds me most of other compelling, character-driven historical fiction YA books like Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.