Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-DaltonGood Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
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Pages: 272
Published by Random House on August 9th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.
At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.
As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?

 

Good Morning, Midnight was a genuine surprise. Drawn in my the cover and the premise, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of this apocalyptic tale. Dalton weaves the story through two characters, Augustine and  Sully who both experience the uncertainty of the end of the world. If you are looking for a unique perspective on the apocalypse genre, look no further than this book.

Augustine, an aging astronomer who refuses to be evacuated from the Arctic complex, remains and discovers a young girl left behind int he wake – Iris. Through his time with Iris, Augustine reflects on his life and the opportunities he’s missed out on. Sully who shares a similar disinterest in relationships and has left behind an ex-husband and daughter to pursue her dream. The characters started off a little slow and you are not a fan of long descriptive prose then you might feel a little bogged down in the details. But it’s in the details where this true character expose becomes a very strong story. How the world came to a “catastrophic end” doesn’t ever come into play, but the story is so rich with Augie and Sully’s character reflections that you almost forget you don’t know all the details.

Good Morning, Midnight is a slow moving, highly descriptive story told through two people who are not only physically distanced from the end of the world but have also emotionally already separated themselves from humanity. Dalton manages to capture the beauty of a silent world. The resolution was handled well, and all-in-all I feel the story has been fulfilled. This book definitely isn’t for everyone, but is worth a shot if you’ve got the time.

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