Midnight at the Electric is a sci-fi/historical fiction novel that tells 3 stories of 3 young women, Adri, Catherine, and Lenore, facing difficult times in their lives as they learn about the values of friends, family, and love. One takes place in Kansas in 2065, one in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, and one in post-World War I England. These stories are all beautifully interweaved, but we do not learn how until the end of the book.
What I love most about this book is how immersed I felt in each of the worlds. Anderson did a great job of developing each of these settings with limited space. Since the novel has 3 different settings and timelines, I was expecting the plot and the settings to not be as developed as they would be in a story with one central setting, but I was completely wrong. The story is told at a great pace so you don’t feel as if it is dragged along or rushed, and you spend about equal time with each of the 3 main characters. Another aspect I loved was how these three stories were connected. There was enough suspense to keep you hooked, and the ending was very satisfying. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves unconventional methods of storytelling, or just wants to try out a different writing style.