The City in the Middle of the Night

E-book, 352 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2019 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.


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4 stars (11 reviews)

Would you give up everything to change the world?

Humanity clings to life on January--a colonized planet divided between permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other.

Two cities, built long ago in the meager temperate zone, serve as the last bastions of civilization--but life inside them is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.

Sophie, a young student from the wrong side of Xiosphant city, is exiled into the dark after being part of a failed revolution. But she survives--with the help of a mysterious savior from beneath the ice.

Burdened with a dangerous, painful secret, Sophie and her ragtag group of exiles face the ultimate challenge--and they are running out of time.

Welcome to the City in the Middle of the Night

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This is a tough book to rate. The story will definitely stick with me and I'm incredibly glad I read it. However, I'm not sure I exactly enjoyed reading it. It was powerful and compelling, but rambling and dense.

In the end, I would recommend this book to science fiction fans – just don't read it expecting a light, fluffy, quick read.

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5 stars

Science fiction rests on suspended disbelief, and Charlie Jane Anders toys with that concept with a level of creativity I have never seen before. The world in this book feels plausible, and the world-building is amazing. But more importantly Charlie Jane uses tropes and their subversion expertly. In particular, I appreciated how the book deals with themes like friendship, trauma and healing, and relations in general in a way that felt more mature than any science fiction I think I have read before.

This feels like a science fiction that finally plays with a full hand of sciences, not just imaginary pseudo-physics.

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