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For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton's haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders--a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth--as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Random House Trade (first published August 9th 2016)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
”I heave myself out of the darkness slowly, painfully.

And there I am, and there he is…”

----Jean Rhys


It is interesting that Lily Brooks-Dalton named this book after the Jean Rhys’s novel of the same name. I’ve never read the Rhys’s book, but it is a notoriously depressing novel. The premise of this novel could certainly lead readers to believe that this book, too, is destined to be depressing, but for me it proved to be strikingly uplifting. Jean Rhys takes her title
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karen
this is an interesting spin on the apocalypse genre: the end of the world as experienced by two characters who have already distanced themselves from the bustle of humanity - an astronomer named augustine who has been posted at an arctic research station for three years, and an astronaut named sully, returning to earth with her crew after a mission studying the moons of jupiter.

the cataclysmic event that causes the end is unspecified - the reader knows only as much as the characters themselves. augustine k
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Jen
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dystopian you say? Groan....I picked this up with trepidation and only due to some rave reviews. But what I found was this narrative had the audacity to cut across my layer of bias and take me on a journey which was indeed of an apocalyptic nature but so much more.

So, this book. Took me by surprise. The story. The contrasts. The writing. The characters.

Two stories told in parallel - one being of Augie and Iris who have been abandoned at a remote station in the Arctic circle.
The other, revolvi
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Angela M
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am unable to give it anything less than 5 stars for the author's gorgeous writing and the in depth characterizations. I loved the descriptive writing from the beginning which allows us the to see and feel what it was like living at the Arctic Circle. We also get glimpses of outer space, of what Jupiter may look like from the crew on a spacecraft, called Aether, but it was the passages describing the Arctic, it's landscape and wildlife that pushed this to 5 stars for me .

Augustine , an aging,
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Lyn
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.”
- John Donne

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

At its heart, this book is about loneliness – but also about connectedness, the primal need for humans to unite with one another.

Author Lily Brooks-Dalton has chosen as a means by which to demonstrate this idea a post-apocalyptic setting, similar in style a
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Larry H
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely extraordinary.

Loneliness is a powerful emotion, yet you can feel just as lonely while spending time with people, or in the middle of a crowd, as you might when you're completely alone. Lily Brooks-Dalton's powerful, haunting, contemplative debut novel, Good Morning, Midnight , is a meditation on loneliness, regret, ambition, love, and loss, through the eyes of two unique people.

"He was drawn by the isolation and the punishing climate, the landscape that
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Candi
"We study the universe in order to know, yet in the end the only thing we truly know is that all things end—all but death and time. It’s difficult to be reminded of that… but it’s harder to forget."

Ah, what a stunning and quiet, contemplative work of science fiction. I loved every minute of this book. The isolation yet the beauty of the landscapes, both of the harsh Arctic and that of the vastness of outer space, were utterly astonishing. Augustine and Sully are in no way perfect human beings.
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
The sentences ...
My God....are...
.....GORGEOUS....
simply gorgeous.... it’s hard to find words to express the feelings and the appreciation of such gorgeous gorgeous — should I say it again? gorgeous writing.

THIS BOOK IS EXTRAORDINARY!!!

In the minds of two extraordinary scientists .... that are essentially left alone - they are left to contemplate the meaning of life and death.
Examining their own loneliness and isolation...
silence becomes their best friend.
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Cheri
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There is a moment, after the planes have left the Arctic Circle, when Augustine ponders the wisdom of remaining after all the others have gone. Before the snow even settles, that moment is gone, as surely as all the others are, as well. He’s alone. On the Arctic Circle. He ponders this much like if it were a theory he’s trying to unravel. He’s never been inclined to seek others out, maybe in his earlier days when he sought the acclaim of his brilliance, the glory of accolades in his career. Mayb
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Annet
When the world stops listening, who do you become?

Well..... wow... this was just a beautiful book. I have no words for it ... It really got to me.
The stillness of the story (unlikely for an apocalyptic story really). The poetry of every page. The beautiful language. The simplicity of it. The emotions, buried in the pages. I just enjoyed it immensely. Every page. Slowly. The pace is really slow actually and it fits Good Morning, Midnight. The alternating stories of Augustine, ageing scien
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Iris P
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Scifi with a strong psychological bent
Good Morning, Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

★★★★★ 5 Shining Stars!

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality."
Carl Sagan

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After reading Goodnight Morning, Midnight, an article I'd read in The New York Times a few days earlier came to mind. It described how the City Council of Reykjavik in Iceland, temporarily turned off its street lamps and encouraged its residents to do the same.
The purStars!
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Dan Schwent
Sully is a mission specialist on board Aether. One of a team she had dreamed of the mission forever. A two year journey into space to study Jupiter and it's moons, up close and personal. The thing is..they have lost contact with any one on Earth. At first it seemed like a fluke but as the weeks go by the crew begins to realize that something more is going on.
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A different viewpoint of the story is told by Augustine, an aging astronomer stationed in the Artic who refused to be evacuated when the r
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Kemper
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T S Eliot wrote that the world would end with a whimper instead of a bang, but if you’re in space or at the frozen wasteland at the top of the planet you might not even hear that much when it finally happens.

Augustine is an elderly astronomer who refuses to leave his Arctic research station after an unspecified world emergency causes the evacuation of everyone else there. He soon loses contact with the outside world, but a mysterious young girl becomes his only companion. Meanwhile, Sully is a
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Diane S ☔
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the arctic circle is evacuated due to some unknown crisis, Augustine, in his seventies refuses to leave. He has spent his life looking towards the heavens and refuses to abandon what he considers his life. Sully and her crew, are returning home after their spaceship has successfully completed their mission of installing probes on Jupiter's moons, when they lose all contact with mission control.

This is set in the future, exact date unknown, but these few people may be the only on
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Zoeytron
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
A handful of astronauts are finally on their way home from a two-year space mission, eager to touch down on their home planet. Then, jarringly, all connection to Mission Control is lost, and the problem does not lie with the spaceship's equipment. What on earth are they coming home to?

Meanwhile, at the Arctic circle, an old astronomer revels in his aloneness after refusing to evacuate the outpost with the rest of his crew. The dire warning is that there will be no chance of a return trip, this
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Katie
I’ve got a hunch you’re much more likely to enjoy this if you read it quickly, in one or two sessions. If you read it like I did, twenty pages or so at a time there will be days when nothing moves forward, when you’re faced with page upon page of padding.

Essentially it’s a novel that’s built around one fairy story idea. And all its best moments have a fairy story quality. Problem is, there’s also a lot of rather banal soul searching. Usually I don’t see twists coming but I had guessed this nove
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Will Byrnes
Sitting with him in the control room, and more broadly, joining him here at the end of civilization—the edge of humanity, measured in both time and space. He wondered how it happened, how she had arrived here and how she had stayed, where she came from, who she belonged to, whether she had any feelings on these subjects; she never once said anything about it, and it was somehow unimaginable that she ever would. She was a puzzle, but she was his puzzle, and her presence kept him working, kept hi
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Dianne
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2017
Wowsers............so, so good and different from what I was expecting! I thought this was going to be a sci-fi dystopian novel (a la "Station Eleven") and there was a bit of that, but the beating heart of this story is about the human need to connect.

The loneliness in this novel is palpable. There are two story lines - Augustine, a brilliant and remote 78-year-old astronomer whose gaze has always been upward into the cosmos, is alone at an abandoned observatory in the arctic circle.
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Dan Schwent
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books, 2016
Augustine lives alone an an observatory at the north pole, living out his days doing what he loves when everyone else evacuated. Sullly is an astronaut on the way back to Earth from Jupiter. How will their lives intersect?

I got this from the fine folks at Random House.

Good Morning, Midnight is a story of loneliness, time, and deciding what's important. The two main characters, Augustine and Sully, both live lives of isolation. Augustine is an astronomer at the north pole and Sully is/>I
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Bradley
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
There were a few things to this novel that I quite enjoyed, such as the level of description of the mundane life aboard the spacecraft that had seen Jupiter. That whole part of the story was like a slightly better written Clarke in 2001, but without the drama or conflict.

And that's where my problems really stem from, too. The main conflict is silence. Literally. (view spoiler) an
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Philip
4ish stars.

This is much more of a "mood" book than a narrative one, so expect a lot more "feels" than plot movement or explanations and resolution. I'd say don't expect to feel satisfied at the end, but I think that's unfair because we're left with a strong lasting impression and a lot to ruminate on and that's a special kind of satisfaction in itself.

Brooks-Dalton has a very natural descriptive voice that immerses us in the distinct settings and makes us feel connected to the characters who s
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Andrew Smith
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: Jen
My perfect SF novel would be one containing a good deal of fiction and just a little science – enough to make the world feel different, to spark the imagination. I’m also an apocalypse junkie, so an end of the world scenario is always welcome. Therefore, on the face of it, this book should be perfect for me. Told in alternating voices, we hear of the plights of Augustine (Augie) and Mission Specialist Sullivan (Sully). Both are scientists with an interest in what exists beyond Earth. When we mee ...more
Phrynne
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
And then suddenly from left field comes a book which is practically perfect from an author I have never heard of before. In fact I believe it is her first fiction book. Let's hope she writes many more!

It may be dystopian, it may be science fiction, but it is also totally readable by anyone who likes to read fiction. I loved the descriptions of the Arctic Circle, the snow, the polar bears, the arctic hares, the flowers, the Aurora and so much more. That was only half the story. On the
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Hannah
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no wonder I loved this book - as it combines pretty much everything I look for in a book. I wouldn't say that it was perfect (but pretty damn close to it).

This book tells the story of the end of the world - but the reader doesn't know what happened. We follow Augustine - a 78-year-old astronomer who decides that rather than be evacuated from the North Pole like the rest of the scientists he'll spend the last years of his live there - and Sully - one of six astronauts on a missi
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Cathrine ☯️
5 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠
Truth: "No one who reads Good Morning, Midnight will ever forget it." - New York Times

They are “fighting an absence instead of a presence,” an ending instead of a beginning. All the descriptives I’ve seen about this book are also true:

Best of the year
Masterful
Exquisite
Beautiful
Elusive
Lonely
Haunting
Desolate
Sparse
Lovely


Despite likeminded friends who also are not fans of the dystopian/apocalyptic genre but gave assurances that this one was/>Best
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Julie Christine
A lyrical and poignant elegy for Earth, imbued with irrepressible hope, Good Morning, Midnight is one of the loveliest books I've read in such a very long time. Lily Brooks-Dalton's keen and delightful imagination, paired with a natural compassion and her gorgeous, lucid prose, make this a book I thought of in the hours when I had to leave it behind.

Two stranded souls, one in the Canadian Arctic, one in deep space, struggle to communicate with their own hearts and conscience. They've each chosen a life
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Ron
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I’ve read in recent months that were centered, at least partly, in the Arctic. In the first book, the frigid cold, the darkness and isolation scared me. In Good Morning, Midnight, I found the opposite: beauty, tranquility, and life. Granted, the first book was meant to scare, and I still doubt that I would venture to the North Pole, but this example shows the vastly different stories writers can reveal using the same landscape.

There is another love apparent wi
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Laura
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Update: my library now has audio, may do reread by listening to this one. Love this book!

This may be my best read for 2017. Please, please don't be tempted to read the ending before you get there. You will have this novel figured out but the last page is one of the most powerful things I have read. This book is a journey told from two narrators. Wow, this book is amazing. It's beautiful. This gave me the same emotional feelings that I felt after reading McCarthy's, The Road. Hope and
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Taryn
A quiet, character-driven, post-apocalyptic novel filled with gorgeous nature descriptions. An astronaut in space and an astronomer in Antarctica search the airwaves in hopes of connecting with another living soul, despite evidence that everyone on Earth is gone. It's being compared to Station Eleven (the covers are even similar), but it won't be a slam dunk for everyone who loved that book. As predicted in my review of The Sunlight Pilgrims, I'm now going to rave about things that I previously ranted about! ...more
Karen Rush
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Morning, Midnight is a very good post-apocalyptic novel. It took awhile for me to become engaged as it was slow and I had expected it to be a gripping story of survival. It was not. It is a thriller in which the protagonists find themselves in danger from the start but it is a slower-paced story than what I expected.

The author knows her characters inside and out. The focus is on two of them; astronaut Sully and scientist Augie, their thoughts, relationships, regrets and motivations. Sully,
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LILY BROOKS-DALTON was born and raised in southern Vermont. Her memoir, Motorcycles I've Loved, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and her first novel, Good Morning, Midnight, will be translated into half a dozen languages. . ...more
“Only the cosmos inspired great feeling in him. Perhaps what he felt was love, but he’d never consciously named it. His was an all-consuming one-directional romance with the emptiness and the fullness of the entire universe. There was no room to spare, no time to waste on a lesser lover. He preferred it that way. The” 6 likes
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