(Review) Midnight at the Electric
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 272 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
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.
I've been a fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson's since I fell in love with Tiger Lily. I was pretty excited to get this book from BookShout, which is a neat little app.
Adri is...well, she's a little rough around the edges. Since she has no close family, Adri has signed up to be one of the first humans to live on Mars. Before she can go, however, she has to complete her training. In the midst of that, she learns of an older relative that she stays with through the course of training. When Adri meets Lily she's automatically annoyed. Lily is different than Adri in a lot of ways. She's more carefree and a little absentminded. Lily is older, a packrat, and it sometimes gets on Adri's nerves.
When Adri can't sleep, she snoops. In her snooping she finds letters and then we are transported back in time. In the letters we learn about Catherine, and then Lenore. The story is told in three different parts with letters and plenty of mystery.
I loved finding out everything about the three women and also trying to figure out how they all tied together. It was nice to see Adri committed to something besides her training. She was closed-off at the beginning but slowly opened herself up to Lily as she delved deeper into the others' history.
This is truly a story of family, friendship, and sacrifice. Each of the women have their own story to tell and it's lovely. There were times I was annoyed with Adri and in love with Lily and vise versa. I loved how their relationship grew and how Adri finally learned to love and depend on someone.
Definitely check this one out if you're into female characters who are strong and lovely.