Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Good Morning, Midnight
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Published: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian
Series: N/A
Rating: C+


When you’ve sacrificed everything for your career, how do you make sense of life once civilization falls and everything you’ve striven for no longer matters? This is a question that aging astronomer Augustine and a group of astronauts have to ask themselves when they discover they’re among the small handful of survivors at the end of the world.

When the evacuation party came to remove Augustine from his post at a research facility in the Arctic, he refused to leave. He had accepted the position with the knowledge that he would eventually die there and had no intention of changing his plans. When he discovers a young girl left behind, he has to accept a responsibility he has been avoiding his entire adult life.

At the same time, a group of astronauts are distraught when all communication lines with Earth suddenly fall silent. As the days pass and the dead air continues, the group slowly begins to realize that the homes and people they left behind may no longer exist.

“Good Morning, Midnight” was an extremely slow moving book. While it’s an apocalypse story, that aspect takes a backseat to the characters and the inhospitable surroundings they’re living in. Throughout the book, we’re kept in the dark about what has happened outside of the Arctic research facility and space ship. Instead of dwelling on what could have happened, the plot focuses on Augustine’s inner reflections as he nears the end of his life and one of the astronaut’s regrets over the relationships she let fall apart for her career.

Overall, this was a solid novel but a little too slow and meandering for my tastes. However, if the description strikes your fancy, it’s worth a read through.

ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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15 thoughts on “Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

  1. This sounds really interesting, I’m more interested in the Arctic base angle than the astronaut one but the fact that it’s so slow moving gives me pause. I love character driven stories where the characters grow and reflect, but in a story like this I might want a little more background on what actually happened too, a little more tension or action. It’s nice to know more about this one as that synopsis would definitely appeal to me.

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    • Yeah, I’m all for character driven stories as well but I didn’t it just didn’t work that well for me. If you go into this expecting background on what happened to the rest of the world, you’re going to finish the book extremely frustrated. I hope the book works well for you if you decide to give it a shot.

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    • I’m hoping it works out better for you too! I think I had a lot of expectations going into this one, which didn’t help either. I didn’t think it was bad, it was just one of those books where I finished reading it and went “well that happened”.

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  2. This sounds so introspective. I’m not sure it’s something I want to be tested on b/c it sounds absolutely frightening but I like that the book doesn’t even focus on that part. It sounds like it focuses on the human aspect of, “well, what the heck do I do next?” Great short review!!

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    • Oh this one is definitely not frightening at all. There’s very little page time dedicated to the whole “end of civilization” aspect. It’s almost like a footnote here. So, I think you’d be ok if you’re looking to read one that focuses almost purely on the “what next”.

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