Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson is a YA Historical Science-Fiction set between a futuristic 2065 and historical Oklahoma 1934 and England 1919.
“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.“
Going into this audiobook, I really was intrigued by the idea of a astronomical, futuristic world colliding with the historical 1900s. I am a huge fan of space and carnival-like shows, so I had high hopes.
This book reminded me of the vibes from movie Interstellar (with Matthew McConaughey, 2014) with the differences of the dust bowl and space. Even though these plots aren’t the same, I couldn’t help but picturing this book set in that movie.
The characters are snarky and strong. I quickly liked reading Lily who comes to help Audrey in her dreams in being a part of the MARS space programs. It was fun to see how they interacted with each other and the journal that is found.
I will say that as the book went on, I tended to find myself getting a little bored. I was also confused in some of the relationships between the different eras, but of course, the ending helps to round it out a little with the actual Electric show.
Overall I gave this 3 out of 5 stars. It was moderately entertaining, but I think I just had too many expectations going into the story. But if you really loved the Interstellar movie, I highly recommend giving this book a go!
Published: 13 June 2017
Genre: Young Adult Historical Science Fiction
How I Read It: Audiobook
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