Good Morning, Midnight
By Lily Brooks-Dalton
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?
Summary from Goodreads.
Sometimes it is best to hold off reviewing a book that you are on the fence about for a couple of days to gather your thoughts. I had to do that for Good Morning, Midnight and I ended up on the wrong side of the fence. I now struggle to remember what occurred in the book, but in my opinion this shows my thoughts on it perfectly.
The best way to describe Good Morning, Midnight is a thought provoking novel, but you have to be in the mood for it. Unfortunately, I was not. We skip between Augustine, an aged astronomer and Sully; a mission specialist onboard the Aether, a space ship returning from Jupiter.
Both Augustine and Sully face challenges, mainly to do with loosing contact with the rest of the Earth. How they both react to this was very impressive but I just struggled to relate and enjoy what I would almost call a journey of self-discovery.
Whilst I did not enjoy it, that does not mean that this is anywhere near close to how bad some other books that I have read were.
I suspect that most people would enjoy this novel if they enjoy a thought-provoking read that makes you think about what would actually occur if they were in this position.
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