Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Buddy Review: Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published: June 13, 2017
272 (Hardcover)
Erika's Rating: 5 of 5 stars 
Nikki's Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.

Erika's Thoughts:
It's been way too long since my last five star read. Everything I had been reading lately just lacked that extra something that makes me absolutely love the story. Midnight at the Electric exceeded my expectations and left me near tears by the end of it. I don't know why I ever expected anything less from Jodi Lynn Anderson since Tiger Lily left me feeling a similar way.

The book is entirely character driven while sometimes that can leave me a little bored, this story didn't. I was invested in all the characters by the end, even characters that I initially didn't really like. The development of all of the characters, even the side characters amazed me, especially considering three different stories are being told in less than 300 pages.

The way that the author wrote all of the experiences that the characters had from loss to romance to friendship was so well done and believable. I really liked how the romance didn't eclipse the rest of the book and that it didn't make Catherine forget other important things.

I loved the ending and will definitely be checking out other books by this author in the future. The ending was bittersweet, but it fit so well with the characters and the story line.

Nikki's Thoughts:
I’d been in a bit of a reading slump the last year or so because of academics taking up most of my free time and let me tell you- this book is definitely a cure for reading slumps! I’ve been reading it over the past couple days and every time I I had to set it down I was itching to pick it back up again. I had my doubts at first as to how this book was going to have well developed characters, a plot, and 3 POV’s while still being as short as it is. All I can say is that it must be magic.

I thought that the 2065 future Jodi painted for me cool, frightening, and realistic. There’s some political/social commentary about the generations before Adri ruining the planet and the global waterline rising. That is something I can get behind in my YA! Authors who are using their writing platform to subliminally send important messages have my respect. Additionally, how the 3 POV story lines mingle and interconnect was so creative, it honestly felt like a historical fiction novel rather than 100% made up plot. The journal and letters just felt so realistic even though we were only reading one side of a conversation. This book was everything I needed and more. Midnight at the Electric was so wholesome and refreshing. It struck an emotional chord with me. I can’t say I’ve experienced anything like what these various women are going through, but while reading so many lines just rang true for me. I can’t remember the last time a book had made me feel this way.

If none of this makes you want to go read this book, I don’t know what else to say to convince you to be honest. I was so invested I almost cried over a tortoise.

*We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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