Midnight at the Electric (A YA Book Review)


Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This book isn’t long, but it’s full of feeling. It follows the lives of Adri (in the future and preparing for a mission as a Mars colonist), Catherine (the 1930s during the Dust Bowl), and Lenore (the 1920s after World War I). The lives of the women are inextricably intertwined and the story is told through both narrative and letters/diaries/journals.

Midnight at the Electric is a quick read, not only because it’s relatively short for YA, but because there’s an insatiable desire to know what happens next. Each of the women’s voices is distinct and their longings are palpable. At times, the connections/family tree parts were difficult to keep straight (some kind of map at the end would have been helpful, but not at the beginning as it would ruin some of the story elements).

I initially bought this book because I was attracted to the cover, but if you’re looking for a story about love, friendship, courage, and hope then this is a wonderful, quick read full of the emotional contemplation of our own interconnectedness.

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