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“He wanted to tell her about his work, his achievements, but also his failures -to confess his sins, and to be forgiven. Here, at the very end of his life, he had so much to say and yet so little strength to say it.”
Spoiler Alert: I was not a fan of this book. This will be a quick review…
To the folks who are saying this is a “read alike” for Station Eleven, you are sorely mistaken. There is no comparison here. The only similarity is that both books are set in a world ending scenario. That’s where the similarities end. This was a disappointing read. Both lead characters weren’t particularly like-able, especially womanizing, egotistical Auggie. His character arc does not end with redemption although the authors goal I believe was to have it appear that way. Both main characters have major “Mommy issues” and their connection to each other was fairly obvious early on. This is a skipper for sure.
Because I don’t like to end on a bad note, I would like to compliment the author on a gorgeous book cover! The night sky is dazzling on the front.
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.
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