Midnight at the Electric

Midnight at the Electric

Book - 2017
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Adri's, Catherine's, and Lenore's lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062393548
0062393545
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2017

What a quietly beautiful and moving book. Midnight at the Electric is centered on a girl named Adri living in 2065. In the weeks before she is scheduled to leave earth for Mars, she discovers a journal from a girl who lived long ago, thus beginning the unraveling of the mystery of a girl named Catherine living in Oklahoma, 1934 during the Dust Bowl. Along the way we also discover the story of Lenore, an English girl living in England in 1919 after World War I. This tale entwines the story of three girls, two from the past and one from the present, all connected by a tortoise named Galapagos. I admit when I first picked up the book I was expecting a science fiction story with concepts of future technology or a contemporary story, but this story is neither. The author is showing powerful perceptions on the sorrow of leaving something behind, but going towards new experiences and beginnings; which is something all three main characters in this book experience. This book is filled with friendships and is tinged with melancholy and bittersweetness. 
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

First: this is not a sci-fi book. While it is set in the future and technology is discussed, it's not what the book is about at all. This is a book about love, friendship, failure, fixing and probably some other f words. It's definitely a female book. About the power of women alone and together. Beautifully written. I actually looked for this author after reading her May Bird and the Ever After, a children/teen book. I'm amazed at Anderson's versatility, including the three voices in this one novel.

Miranda_Ericsson Aug 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this one, and zipped right through it. It's 2065, and Kansas is the home of the space program. Adri has been chosen as a colonist to Mars, a high honor, but connecting with her family history raises questions that she's never considered. The story flashes from a grim future to the gritty past of the dust bowl, slowly unfolding a mystery that kept me turning pages past my bedtime to the conclusion. Strongest features: relationships between women, a multi-generational family story, grounded in history, and beautifully written.
Adri is a difficult character to connect to, both in the story and for me as a reader, so the book was a slow starter. Stick with it until you get to the first letters and journal entries. If you're drawn to the sci-fi element, just know that there isn't much on the actual space travel or colonization of Mars. It's a book that feels very close to home.

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Nikkelsndimes
Jul 14, 2017

A beautiful little book! I admit that I had a lot of misconceptions about this book. The cover made me think it was about a circus, while the description and first chapter made me think it was a sci-fi. It was neither. It was a mystery about the history of past generations that lived in the house Adri finds herself living while she is preparing to take a one-way trip to Mars. What I loved most about this book was the way that the main character, Adri, developed throughout the course of the book. Initially an unlikeable character, I grew to love her as she in turn learned to love. This story gave me all the warm fuzzies. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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marthabwaters
Jun 06, 2017

The best sorts of books, to me, are the ones that simultaneously remind you of lots of books you love, and also don't remind you of anything else you've ever read -- and I think Jodi Lynn Anderson manages that perfectly here. This is a weird, multi-layered book -- reminiscent, on a simpler level, of the multiple levels of stories, across time periods, of Cloud Atlas (though without being as intensely literary and complex as that title, as is appropriate, given that this is written for a teen audience). This book is beautiful -- I found myself near tears at multiple points while reading, and yet I could never put my finger on what, precisely, moved me so deeply. Put this in the hands of a teen about to leave for college -- I think this book has appeal for a wide range of audiences, but the themes of coming to terms with your past before embarking on your future will be particularly resonant for a recent high school grad. This was a gorgeous book, from start to finish.

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