Title: Good Morning, Midnight.
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
This truly is a stunning novel. I found myself hooked from the first line all the way to the last.
Good Morning, Midnight follows two very different characters in two very different worlds. First we have Augustine, a very smart yet very old scientist based down in the Arctic circle where he studies the universe. Then we have Sully, an astronaut aboard the Aether which is making its way home from Jupiter. The novel flips between these two characters as we, the reader, try and work out what the catastrophic event was made all the scientists evacuate the research centre, and why the Aether has lost all contact with Earth.
It is a novel that deals with some pretty deep feelings; what it means to love, what it means to be alone, what we truly want from our lives and working through regrets.
Can you imagine what it would be like right now to live in the middle of an ice shelf and have zero contact with anyone else for years, no matter how hard you tried? Or to be floating in space with no communication from Earth which effectively means that if anything goes wrong, you are on your own? And that is what I loved about this book, it made me think of events that will 99.999% not happen to me, yet I was forced to question myself with what I would do, how I would act, and not take for granted that I can pick up the phone, dial a number and someone would be on the other end.
I don’t think it is a spoiler to say that Augustine and Sully eventually make contact, otherwise what would the point of the book be? But it takes a while for it to happen so be patient, you will feel that sense of relief eventually.
This book is an easy read because the plot is always moving forward. There wasn’t one moment where I thought it was too slow nor too fast. Plus you are reading about two worlds which I doubt any of you reading have been to so it is all highly interesting and worth the read just to find out some cool facts about space and the Arctic circle.
So for you all space junkies, you’ll love this. Or for anyone with a soft spot for difficult life decisions – this will be your new favourite book.
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