Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

“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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review!

First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. Please note that the version I read was an advanced copy, and certain events/language may be changed in the published edition.

“No one wants to disappear. Words pin things down and make them real, and they last so much longer than we do.”

Stars (Out of 10): 6/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This was a pretty interesting book. It was at times slow, and I never truly got hooked into the story or connected to the characters, but I did end up enjoying it all the same. I especially liked the three POVs, and their connection to each other through a century of time.

The Good: Interesting premise, pretty decent plot, and some interesting character growth. Also loved how all the eras/POVs ended up being so connected!

The Bad: Didn’t really end up caring for any of the characters, felt slow at points, and was a bit short

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: While I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, or love them, they perfectly fit the story. I specifically liked Adri and her journey through the months we saw her, and how her fascination with the letters brought her closer to Lily, and more able to let other people into her life. I also loved how interesting the lives of all three were, and how while none of the girls seemed to have more than 100 pages of plot/writing dedicated to them, they were all fleshed out pretty well, with their own lives and backstories.

The Plot: I ended up quite liking the plot. The jumping from era to era was well down, and ended at perfect moments to both leave us wondering, and excited to see where each character’s story would go. In addition, I love how wrapped up the ending was, and how people from years past managed to change the life of someone living a century after them!

The Favorite Character: Adri, her growth was cool to see.

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