review by John Chon, age 15
Midnight at the Electric was an electrifying book. It took me through three different timelines as the main character explores them all through a series of letters she receives. Adri, our protagonist, is chosen to live on Mars with others already there. She is an emotionless person who lacks the capability to form bonds and finds life to be boring. While training, she lives with an estranged cousin, many years older than her, and struggles to keep her relationship stable as she is unable to reciprocate her cousin Lily’s love and caring attitude toward her. However, Adri finds a series of letters and explores her family tree with them. The earlier timelines and the unresolved endings enthrall Adri as she looks for the truth and closure.
Midnight at the Electric took a step in a new direction for me. It was a very slow book, and was not action packed nor what I would have normally considered ‘interesting.’ The book was very descriptive, and painted a world of color with its pages for me as Adri and the reader were taken on a story from the letters. Adri served less as a main character, and more as a branching-off point to each letter. The seemingly unrelated timelines converged in a very satisfying manner at the end that gave the reader and Adri closure in a manner that was not expected. This book trapped me in it until I finished it, and I would definitely read another book by this author. 4.5/5 stars.
Find this book in our catalog: Midnight at the Electric
Catalog Number: YA SF ANDERSON,J