Midnight at the Electric

Midnight at the Electric

by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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6 Starred Reviews and a New York Public Library Best Book of 2017!

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson's epic tale—told through three unforgettable points of view—is a masterful exploration of how love, determination, and hope can change a person's fate.

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 more than a hundred years ago and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate.

1934: Amid the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine’s family’s situation is growing dire. She must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

1919: In the recovery following World War I, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail from England to America. But can she make it that far?

While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In Jodi Lynn Anderson’s signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.

“Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion without ever dipping into sentimentality, Anderson's novel is both intriguing and deeply satisfying.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Each character’s resilience and independence shines brightly, creating a thread that ties them together even before the intersections of their lives are fully revealed. Anderson’s piercing prose ensures that these remarkable women will leave a lasting mark on readers.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With quietly evocative writing, compellingly drawn characters, and captivating secrets to unearth, this thought-provoking, lyrical novel explores the importance of pinning down the past before launching into the mystery of the future.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Anderson …allows her characters to shine through, with each distinct, nuanced, and memorable.”—BCCB (starred review)

“Anderson deftly tackles love, friendship, and grief in this touching exploration of resilience and hope. A must-have for all YA collections.”—School Library Journal (starred review)

"In Midnight at the Electric, Jodi Lynn Anderson weaves a shining tale of hope in the face of adversity. " —Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062393555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 130,699
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., with her husband, her son, and an endless parade of stray pets.

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Midnight at the Electric 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely beautiful. I was hesitant about reading Midnight at the Electric, because I'm in the minority who didn't enjoy Jodi Lynn Anderson's much beloved Tiger Lily. Still, the cover got me and I put it on my TBR a couple years ago, thinking I'd try it and see how it went. I'm absolutely thrilled I did, because I loved this book. Midnight at the Electric is a quick read, ranging across a century and told in the voice of three different readers. The characters are strong and each has her own strong voice. I'm also impressed by the side characters, who are all well developed and interesting. The love stories, friendship, and family relationships are all different and well explored in this brief, varied format. The book is beautifully written, but it's not so fluffy that it distracts from the story. It is paced well enough to keep the reader from getting bored, and it's a good length for the story it's telling. I'm really glad I decided to pick this one up. I really enjoyed meeting Lenore, Catherine, and Adri, and it's a book I would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
MichelleShoutsRandom More than 1 year ago
Top 5 reasons why I like Jody Lynn Anderson's new book, Midnight at the Electric! 1) It's like time travel. Midnight at the Electric highlights three strong young women from different generations: Adri from year 2065, Catherine from 1934, and Lenore from 1919. They have their own stories and something that they fight for. It's amazing that even though these young women existed in three different generations, their stories opened up and connected through the story of one. It's a story within a story, which I liked! This book is both futuristic and historical and it gives a time travel feels. 2) Love, hope, and determination Adri, Catherine, and Lenore's stories and characters are something to look forward to. Lenore, because of love, overcame doubts, time, and distance. Catherine held on to the hope of something better than what she has - she had the courage to do something that is beyond what she knows and hoped that life will turn in favor of her. Adri, due to determination, achieved something she wanted. 3) Unpredictability The story didn't have me on the first few chapters. However, after patiently reading and flipping the pages, I came to the interesting part which made me eager to read more to know how the story will unfold and how their stories might be connected. I was excited and curious to find out more about Lenore and Catherine just as Adri did. I was waiting what will happen next and the things I thought would happen did not (though not all). The unpredictability of this book both frustrates and pleases me but above all, unpredictability is always a plus thing for me. 4) Warmth This book isn't just "give me a story". The sub stories and overall story was well-thought of and can speak to every reader. I love how it gives tribute to love. Love for family, friend, lover, stranger, and even to a beloved pet. It gave the book more depth and value. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. 5) Reading activator Even before I quit my book blog I've been on reading slump. I have read few books after that (most are non-fiction) but not to a point that it had me reading like a machine unlike before. Managing a new blog and the fact that I am sure to share (and read) about books as well made me wonder if I can go back to reading again after years of slump. Reading Midnight at the Electric is an easy one. It was interesting, warm, and unpredictable that it help me kept reading. I actually finished the book! I would want to read more after this. :) Overall, Midnight at the Electric was a good and entertaining read. Also celebrating its release day today! Originally posted on: https://yoursblackbutterfly.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/book-midnight-at-the-electric-by-jody-lynn-anderson/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago