Book Review: Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the ElectricTitle: Midnight at the Electric
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Paperback ARC/eARC
Source: Edelweiss/ALA
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Post Apocalyptic/Historical


Kansas, 2065 Adri has been 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 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 World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms 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 in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Wow, that was SO not what I had expected, it was actually so much more. When I went to ALA and the publicist over at Harper told me that she had just finished reading Midnight at the Electric and was still thinking about it, I knew I had to read it. The synopsis is vague as to what really goes down in the book, but I think if they were to say more than they already revealed, it would ruin the experience for the reader. The story is told from 3 different POV and during different times. It was perfectly done and I loved how the author connected everything at the end.

The characters are all well developed and so well written that it made me feel like I was right there with them. I felt their emotions, their desperation and their love, so much so that it made me emotional at certain parts. Midnight at the Electric is so different from the books I have read. Example, In the present day, the world is somewhat post-apocalyptic, yet it still has a modern day feel and a historical feel, especially when we go back in time (not time travel). I felt like I was in 2 different worlds. I loved it because it was so perfectly executed.

It is really hard to describe Midnight at the Electric without giving too much away.  You just have to read it.  


  1. This certainly sounds intriguing...and I've been looking for some fun books to read this summer. I might have to check this one out. :)

  2. Just added it to my wishlist. I've seen it featured on a few blogs, and it sounds really fascinating.


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