Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Good Morning, MidnightGood Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Good Morning, Midnight’ is one of the most beautiful, atmospheric novels I’ve come across in a long time. Its words were like magic on the page and it’s setting a wonderful ethereal experience. But, despite my appreciation of the technique and style of writing, I felt that the novel could have been better. Here’s why:
1. The whole novel seemed to be a rather long exploration of the emotions one feels when met with absolute isolation. It would explore the minute influences and effects on a human mind and character. I found the concept rather enchanting, but it could have been conveyed in a better style. With more UMPH. I felt that there was just that missing piece to the whole story-telling. A missing piece that would have sky-rocketed my opinion of the novel.
2. The settings, in which the novel was written, were chosen quite nicely to convey a sense of isolation. But I felt that were unoriginal and a blatantly obvious choice. For humanity, the Arctic poles and deep space are probably THE most extreme environments – and definitely the loneliest. But these locations can’t be the ONLY ones that explore the impact of true isolation on the human mind! I felt like this choice – whilst capable of beautifully illustration their wonders – was the author conceding her choice to THE most obvious. It was a frustration that nagged me during multiple points in the novel.
3. The writing was…good and solid. But that’s all it was. Average; too average in my opinion. An idea – a STORY – such as this should be written in THE most beautiful style the author could think of! The writing needed more GRAVITY to it, and a more formal style would have done wonders, in my opinion. A more complex story and sentence structure would have effectively conveyed the complexity of the human character. And ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ just didn’t have that.
On the other hand, here are the things that I enjoyed:
1. The characters were highly complex…and highly flawed. I felt that they were well crafted and were very, very tangible. There was no comparison between the two main characters, Augustine and Sullivan. Augustine was a captivating illustration of the regrets of old age and the somewhat cruel nature we all possess deep inside us. He was a reflection of what most of us – I imagine – will come to when there is nobody to look at us and judge us: except ourselves. Sullivan was a more hopeful portrayal of humanity. She was the realisation that some of us are gifted with early enough the make a difference. Both were completely different; but also enchantingly similar as well.
2. There was one major “secret” that spanned the entire novel and wasn’t revealed until the very end. The connection that Augie and Sully have. From the beginning, the author would heavily allude to some sort of mysterious bond that was present between the two. It was THE mystery in the novel but also a somewhat obvious one. By the end of the novel I had an idea of the truth so its revelation wasn’t a surprise – but definitely thought provoking. It made me reflect back on the novel and look at it with a new insight.
3. The pace was slow but fit quite nicely with the idea behind the novel. It allowed for the reader to mull thoughts over and process each minute detail given to them. It also allowed for the atmospheric quietness and stillness of the novel to shine through. A great combination!
Congratulations to Lily-Brooks Dalton on publishing her debut novel, ‘Good Morning, Midnight’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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