Midnight at the Electric – Jodi Lynn Anderson


   Midnight at the Electric – Jodi Lynn Anderson, Harper Teen, (9780062393548), 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: historical/science/realistic fiction? or maybe mystery?

What did you like about the book? Adri has been chosen to go to Mars as one of the early colonists. Before she leaves, she stays with a newly introduced cousin in Kansas who is lively, funny and over one hundred years old. At the house in Kansas in 2065, Adri comes across Catherine’s journal from 1934 and Lenore’s letters from 1919. All three stories intertwine to show three independent, resilient women. Adri is attempting to uncover the mysteries of Catherine and Lenore’s lives while preparing to settle on a distant planet. Catherine is affected by the Dust Bowl and is forced to decide between her sister’s health and her own love life. Lenore is grieving the loss of her brother from the First World War in her own way while writing letters to a long lost friend who has moved to America. The mysteries of the women’s lives intertwine beautifully to form a story about love, loss and hope. Each character was distinct and fully formed. I really enjoyed this quiet, beautiful read.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I was a little disappointed in the reveal at the end, but the story itself was beautifully told.

To whom would you recommend this book? Students who like quiet mysteries and character studies.

Who should buy this book? All high schools.

Where would you shelve it ? tricky! It includes both historical and science fiction elements, but is primarily about the characters themselves. It is also a mystery. I think different librarians will shelve it differently depending on their readers.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Somewhere in the middle.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: July 24, 2017

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