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Europe at Midnight

(The Fractured Europe Sequence #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,162 ratings  ·  137 reviews
In a fractured Europe, new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight.
For an intelligence officer like Jim it's a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England's interests. It's hard to keep on top of it all.
But things are about to get worse for Jim. A stabbing on a
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Published November 5th 2015 by Solaris
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Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
Running parallel to the times and events of the first novel, this one is still full of spycraft and intelligence work from both sides of a very, very strange divide.

On one side, we have a true Invisible College, in spirit and in reality, that is barely accessible to the real world of our near future after a plague has decimated the world badly and even worse for Europe. Civilization is still around, though, and so is the politics that make life living there damn stressful.

So what happens when a
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Somebody please give this to Trump and Cruz. The most geopolitically relevant SF series I've encountered in a long time, and I'm thrilled that this highly imaginative yet grounded sequel approaches 'Fractured Europe' from an entirely different angle. Series-phobes need not fear: this easily standalone novel gently contributes to the plot in 'Europe in Autumn,' without relying on it. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next novel in the cycle.
Richard Derus
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New review! It'll be up at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud for a few weeks before coming here.

Author Dave Hutchinson takes so many strands from EUROPE IN AUTUMN and they are weaving together. This entry in the sequence does an excellent job of resolving puzzles, adding puzzles, and making the next book (out from Rebellion Publishing in November!) torture. Oh, and this is another great cover!
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've skimmed through the predecessor to this book, "Europe in Autumn", and as I skimmed I didn't get drawn into the story enough to slow down and really concentrate on it. These books do require concentration, as they deal with complicated political problems and how they affect your average Joe and Jane. (For these books, it's mostly Joe.) "Europe at Midnight" grabbed me sooner, mostly because the book starts right
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific series, highly recommend.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: speculative, reviewed
When I reread my review of Europe In Autumn, I realized I’d actually written a review for Europe At Midnight already. Nearly everything I mentioned there holds true for this second installment in the Fractured Europe Sequence: no filler, solid prose, interesting geopolitical setting, some references to spy novels, no pretension, entertaining, fresh, snappy, imaginative, gritty. As you might know Midnight is not a sequel to Autumn, but more of a companion volume.

So, what’s the new?


If you
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, sf-and-fantasy
This reminds me of The City & the City by China Miéville, but not nearly as deliberately obscure, ambiguous or outrightly (new) weird. Instead, Hutchinson’s take on mirror/pocket polities plays like a straight thriller, and is therefore likely to appeal to non-genre fans (who are likely to pat themselves on the back for dipping a toe into the genre ocean). The SF trappings here are sprinkled very, very lightly, to the extent that the obvious (well, to real genre readers) quantum ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I hugely enjoyed Europe in Autumn, which we shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award last year and which also got onto the BSFA shortlist. Here Dave Hutchinson returns to his future world of a fragmented Europe, but from a very different angle: rather than exploring the new frontiers that have been erected in our world, his spy hero finds himself exploring also parallel maps to societies which are liminally linked to us, there and yet not there. It's a
Tudor Ciocarlie
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-my-best-of
Even better than Europe in Autumn and such a perfect reading experience in these times, when Europe is on the brink of collapse or at least is preparing for great changes.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A little more confusing to follow, but neat to see how even with the time differences, Rupert's story coincides and meets up with Rudi's. Really enjoyable ideas!
Sadie Slater
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Europe at Midnight is the second in Dave Hutchinson's Fractured Europe series; although it isn't quite a sequel to Europe in Autumn and could reasonably easily be read as a standalone novel, reading Europe in Autumn first fills in some of the background, and reading Europe at Midnight first would take away the impact of one of the major plot twists in Europe in Autumn.

Like Europe in Autumn, Europe at Midnight is basically a Le Carre-esque spy thriller which replaces the Cold War with the
Last one in the Fractured Europe series, it falls short from the expectations created in the two previous books. Too many new players and the protagonists are shown to have almost no protagonism, which is a bad thing for the story.

At certain points it seems the writer painted himself in a corner and needed a lot of magic to break out. Much weaker and left me with a bad taste when finished.

However if you have reached this point, you need to know what is behind. At least most important points are
Europe at Midnight isn’t so much a direct sequel to Europe in Autumn as it is a companion piece. Those hoping for the continued adventures of Rudi, coureur-chef may be disappointed to find themselves following two plotlines on another branch of the railway, but I think that was the right choice. I’ll also note that while the book can be read semi-independent of Europe in Autumn, the first book did such a wonderful job of drawing the reader in while introducing its setting, while Europe at ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I only read Europe in Autumn last week. I enjoyed it so much I went straight from that into Europe at Midnight.

Near future Europe is falling apart, nation by nation. The United Kingdom is now far from united, and on the European mainland many other countries are following suit. As if this constantly shifting political landscape wasn’t complicated enough, it turns out there is a parallel version of Europe who have their own agenda when it comes to diplomacy. Now imagine you are tasked with trying
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic progression of the story. I had some trouble keeping up with the steady flow of names, often for the same person, and a couple that appear at the end I had forgotten who they were. However it was as fascinating as the first and I just want to keep finding out more about this strange and familiar world.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Dave Hutchinson has created a fascinating alternative universe, a fragmented Europe with added extras. In Europe at Midnight, the second in the series, it is the extras that play a major role.
We start on a University Campus, itself a mini-state. There's just been a revolution and everything has that grey quality when things are hard and the old regime has to be sanitised. Grave crimes are being exposed as the soil is turned. But then it develops, and before long we're in Nottingham and then
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I have to start out by saying I didn’t really want to read Europe At Midnight. The only reason I bought it is because it was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award this year and I decided to review the whole shortlist. I didn’t want to read this because that I wasn’t a fan of Europe In Autumn, but I think it’s partly my own fault that I didn’t like it. I went into that book expecting a sci-fi story (I mean you would expect that if a book has been
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it

Publisher: Rebellion

Publishing Date: November 2015

ISBN: 9781781083987

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher Description: In a fractured Europe, new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight. For an intelligence officer like Jim it’s a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England’s interests. It’s hard to keep on top of it all. But things are about to get
Alex Sarll
Despite the title, there's much less of Hutchinson's prescient fractured Europe this time around, which is a bit of a shame; most of the action relates to the revelation from the end of Europe In Autumn, though of course it still speaks to Europe if you unveil a secondary world which, in place of dragons and wizards, instead more resembles a Telegraph fantasia of rural England as was. As often happens, turns out the pocket dimensions bred, so we also have Kafkaesque chapters set in a university ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought Europe in Autumn a very good, if a little confused, novel – a superior near-future spy novel, it took an unexpected swerve around two-thirds in, which unsettled the plot but managed not to upset it. And now the sequel, Europe at Midnight, follows that swerve further around the curve and results in a very different novel of a type of science fiction that likely occupies a small place all its own in the genre’s corpus. In the nineteenth century, a wealthy family invented a new English ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A spy thriller, without much of what we think of spying or thrills. The world-building remains fascinating (different, but on par with the first book), and a hidden realm very much suits itself to a slow exposition. But to me it feels like a pulpy story, with all the pulpy bits carefully avoided.

As an example of what I mean, the second section (after a tabula rasa "three week's early" opening) is in the aftermath of the overthrow of a totalitarian Government. We don't see the battles. We do see
Anna Feruglio Dal Dan
Europe at Midnight manages to be great and funny despite a couple of genocides, only one of which was allegedly accidental.
I had liked Europe in Autumn a lot, but Europe at Midnight broke my heart. In part because it’s about really decent people trying to do decent things and going through a lot of heartbreak, only the lesser one of which is sentimental in nature; and partly because of bits like
The English entry for the Eurovision Song Contest this year was “Reservoir Dogs”, by a band calling
Andrew Wallace
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few good things about growing up in the 80s was the horror, be it in movies or a political reality that meant instant death after a four-minute warning. The emotion also underpinned spy fiction at the time in print and other media; Ian Bannen’s terrified expression when he is cornered at the beginning of the TV production of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is as terrifying as anything on Elm Street. Horror was a visceral response to the meeting in the human imagination of personal ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the first book in this series, this is a fish-out-of-water story, in which a character who thinks he understands the basic parameters of the world he lives in discovers that 1) he is completely wrong, and the truth is more weird than he could possibly imagine, and 2) because of this discovery, everyone wants to kill him.

I liked this one even better than the first, which was a little oddly paced, and the fascinating late reveal of the first book forms the basis of this one, which made me
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
More excellent post-EU cartomantic espionage with new protagonists and a new perspective. It got away from me a little at the end, but gripping stuff. And it now feels like a world with women in it, yay!

Full review.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I don't exactly know how to rate this one...
It was a very good book don't get me wrong but I didn't enjoy it as much as book 1. Maybe it's because I read the two of them back to back which is something that I very rarely do, I don't know.
It may also be because it wasn't the same characters anymore...

Anyway, I don't know, I am probably going to wait in a little before writing my review on this one to see what I really think
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great follow up to "Europe in Autumn". Starts out with a totally new direction from the first book, and that really took me by surprise. This series really is something special: science fiction, espionage, alternate worlds and alternate histories, it's all here and presented in such a dizzying fashion that you won't be sure what world you're in or where you're heading next. Really looking forward to the next book.
Kate Hinds
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and it seemed entirely appropriate to read it during the Brexit referendum. There was lots of at time confusing plot but exciting enough for me to wish my tube journey had been long enough to finish it. The characters were a bit under developed, but I would certainly consider reading the other books in the series.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mind boggling twists and turns. A great spy novel involving perhaps too many characters with too many different names. Would probably benefit from a second read. Still enjoyed it very much.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Much like its predecessor, Europe at Midnight is a fragmented novel. Dave Hutchinson’s remarkable science fiction series is about the fragmentation and fragile unity of the continent Europe. Our own version of Europe lies somewhere in the middle of two extremes. It is fragmented by geography, history and cultures, but a countervailing force nevertheless leads to reasonably stable countries, cultural mingling and to institutions like the European Union and, dare I say it, shows like the ...more
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UK writer who published four volumes of stories by the age of twenty-one – Thumbprints, which is mostly fantasy, Fools' Gold, Torn Air and The Paradise Equation, all as David Hutchinson – and then moved into journalism. The deftness and quiet humaneness of his work was better than precocious, though the deracinatedness of the worlds depicted in the later stories may have derived in part from the ...more

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