Article Title

Midnight at the Electric


Meagan Andrus


Outstanding, Young Adult, science fiction; space travel; futuristic; historical fiction; Dust Bowl; romance; adventure; diary; letters; England; World War I; family; family historyS

Document Type

Book Review


There are three stories in this book: Adri, the young engineer who is carefully selected to go with a recolonization group to Mars; Catherine, who endures dust storms and hardships in the Kansas Dust Bowl; and Lenore, a young woman living in England in the aftermath of World War I. While Adri is training in Kansas with the US Space Program, she is assigned to live with a distant cousin, Lily. Adri discovers an old diary and letters containing Catherine's and Lenore's stories. She's unsure why she's so captivated by these stories, but they seem to change the way she looks at Lily and at her impending mission to leave her home behind forever. After searching all over the small town of Canaan, Kansas, she finds more letters from both Catherine and Lenore and is able to piece together her complicated but inspiring family story before she sets off on her adventure to Mars.