Good Morning, Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"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 that 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 crewmates 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? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart" --from Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998900
0812998901
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Adw555
Sep 18, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A world in turmoil...

Augustine is stranded on a desolate Arctic outpost, somehow with a child in his care. Normally, isolation is the preferred state for scientist Augustine, whose first love has always been space rather than anything happening around him on Earth. But now he is worried. Has he lived a life he can be proud of? Why are radio waves silent? What is happening in the outside world? And at 78 years of age, what will happen to the child if he dies?

Sully is returning from a mission to Jupiter with five other astronauts when communication with Mission Control suddenly goes silent. What is happening on Earth??? What will be waiting for these astronauts when they finally arrive home after being gone for so long? In the end, were the decisions made the best ones? Or will these two drastically different people be left with only regret over the choices they made?

PROS: Great story, fantastic locations; a space shuttle and a scientific outpost, and characters with a great deal of depth. Also, I adore the cover on this one!!!

CONS: Not crazy about the ending, and it sort of felt like two different stories juxtaposed against one another, with no real link between the two.

YES or NO: It’s a YES - despite my reservations from above, I really enjoyed Good Morning, Midnight and would recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi, or just a well written drama.

4 Stars

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henkeljr1
Jun 19, 2019

The book was written very well and keeps you engaged, considering there is very little dialogue. The author makes you think, makes you sad, and makes you empathetic all at once. The scenes are vivid as are the characters emotions. But there is very little closure at the end. It will leave you wondering.

BostonPL_DeniseD Aug 02, 2018

This otherworldly, unforgettable story of Augustine and Sully, two outsiders facing an uncertain future, is an emotional exploration of relationships. Whether in deep space or a remote Arctic facility, Brooks-Dalton masterfully juggles the two perspectives that gradually intertwine. Also, the beautiful cover intrigued me!

JessicaGma May 08, 2018

Like many of the other commenters, this was a well written book, but I too feel the ending was abrupt, especially as you figure out the links between Sully and Augustine. Maybe this is how the people vanished, but it seemed like the story was going somewhere and then poof, nothing more.....Station Eleven is a better version of this.

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CMA8451
Feb 21, 2018

I really loved this book; loved her writing, her spare prose and the whole premise. Unlike another reviewer here, I loved the ending... The not knowing sewed up tight ending was perfect I thought. And I had a real sense of place with the Arctic and also the space view... Looking forward to more from her.

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CHRISTI_14
Feb 07, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It was well written. Interesting characters who grappling with difficult situations, the possible end of the world? and the not knowing, loneliness, the immensity of space. And the beauty and awesomeness of wild places and the wild frontiers in humankinds mind/s.

I look forward to future books by this author.

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kkirby221
Feb 03, 2018

I enjoyed the book. Well written. Interesting characters.

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Reads_A_Lot
Dec 22, 2016

This was a beautifully written book that really conveyed the loneliness and isolation of the characters. Unfortunately, it left me feeling dissatisfied. What kept me going was waiting for Augie and Sully to make contact. I thought he would be instrumental in bringing the astronauts home. Nope. Just an abrupt ending. No explanation, no revelation between Augie and Sully, no closure. Made me feel like the whole thing was pointless and a waste of time. Can't recommend this one.

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BWilsoned
Nov 30, 2016

A captivating read and took me out of my rainy, gray world. Augustine is stranded by choice at the top of the world while astronaut Sullivan is stranded with crewmates on a spacecraft. Both are cut off from the rest of the world--something has happened, but we don't know what. This story is a wonderful meditation on love, loneliness, and humanity.

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maggiepcurtis
Aug 06, 2019

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