Good Morning, Midnight October 06 2016, 0 Comments

“Good Morning, Midnight is a remarkable and gifted debut novel. Lily Brooks-Dalton is an uncanny chronicler of desolate spaces, whether it's the cold expanse of the universe or the deepest recesses of the human heart."
—Colson Whitehead

If you loved The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

If you loved Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

If you loved Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.

If you loved All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

You will probably find much to love in this slow burn of a book.

I thought this novel was a literary avatar of Night Shyamalan's cinematic universe.

The book shares Shyamalan's hypnotizing slowness, stylistic spareness and psychological depth. The writing was broody in both senses of the word: meditative and oppressive. Its ultimate elegance lay in that dichotomy.

It took me a while to fully appreciate the story but once I was able to put the pieces together and take a step back, a beautiful and lonely tableau took shape in the vastness of space. The descriptions of the universe and our place in it are truly heartbreaking.

The title "A Heart of Darkness" would also seem fitting to describe the separate voyages of two individuals into the poetry and blackness of the universe. Two journeys as physically grueling as they are psychologically transformative.

A novel that is unhurried, deliberate and incredibly graceful.