Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
About: Adri’s, Catherine’s, and Lenore’s lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: Wow. When I read the description for this book, I thought there was no way the author would be able to pull this off in any way that makes sense. Not only does Anderson pull it off, but she makes it sing. The novel begins with Adri who lives in 2065 and is completely disconnected emotionally from people and really from herself. When she moves in with an elderly aunt temporarily before being shipped off to Mars, she finds some letters and a journal, which is how we get the stories of the other two protagonists. Anderson uses this story within a story device with maximum effect making the stories flow and intertwine seamlessly. This book is all about how knowing your history helps make your future. All three protagonists are interesting and tell compelling stories on their own. When you see how they are all connected it just makes the narrative that much stronger. Adri is also assisted by a 100 year old tortoise named Galapagos, who actually plays a role in all three stories. I know it sounds weird, but you have to admit you’re intrigued, right? You should be because this is storytelling at its most complex and beautiful. This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before and totally worth reading more than once.