Good Morning, Midnight- Book Review
Title: Good Morning Midnight
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Wow. This book.
When I started it I really didn’t know what to expect. A post-apocalyptic book about just 2 people? It could have been great, or been terrible.
It was great. Amazing. The writing was absolutely stunning.
This book was about the characters, not the apocalyptic event, which was both great and frustrating. As much as I wanted to know what happened, we only know what Augustine and Sully know, which is not much, given one is at a remote research center in the Arctic and the other is on a space ship coming back from Jupiter.
It was an emotional journey that we took with these characters. Augustine has only Iris, a child he found abandoned at the research center after everyone else left. He knows he is old, and dying, so everything he does, he does for her. As the book goes on, we learn about his past, how he had a child that he never once saw, just sent presents from afar for a few years. He spent his life distancing himself from other people, and now the airwaves are silent, and he is alone with this child.
Sully has her crew on the spaceship. They soon realize that they aren’t getting anything but dead airwaves from earth, and the crew becomes more and more desperate in their isolation. They comfort each other, fight with each other, and pull away into their own little corners on the ship.
I wouldn’t classify the characters as instantly likable or relatable, but they felt 100% real.
Augustine is old, tired, and doesn’t really care about people. He has a daughter that he basically abandoned, and has never really connected with anyone, or even tried to. It isn’t until he meets Iris that he even cares that he is alone in the world. He isn’t bothered by the fact that he is probably the only person on earth- he only cares about his research. He spent his entire life trying to be alone, and now, he finally is.
Sully also left people behind when she went on the voyage to Jupiter- her husband and child. She chose work over them, but still loves them and misses them. I related more to Sully than Augustine, and found her to be more likable. I also loved that we got to learn about her crew members, all from Sully’s perspective. They were all heartbreaking in their sadness and the way they dealt with the isolation.
This isn’t a book about the world ending. It’s a book about people, and how they deal with complete isolation, silence from the rest of the world. It’s fascinating reading about these characters, their histories, their connections. How they react to the situation that is facing them, the depressing reality that they might be all that is left.
I had so many questions by the end of the book, but I was also content with the fact that they wouldn’t be answered. It was beautifully written, and took a common theme and created an entirely unique story.
I definitely recommend this read, even if it isn’t your usual genre. If nothing else, it is wonderfully written, both heartbreaking and beautiful.