The City in the Middle of the Night

The City in the Middle of the Night

"If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace -- though the perils outside the built cities are "If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." ...

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Title:The City in the Middle of the Night
Author:Charlie Jane Anders
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:0765379961
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The City in the Middle of the Night Reviews

  • Misha
    Feb 01, 2019
    Wow. This book. All the stars. This is a science fiction novel steeped in the politics and prose of relationships. Humanity has arrived on a cold, tidally-locked planet, January, with searing sun rays on one side and constructed societies of survival in different pockets on the dark si...
  • Josh
    Mar 15, 2019
    Not since 2018's Blackfish City by Sam J Miller has a novel captured my imagination and enveloped me in a complete shroud of the other worldly as The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders by virtue of its intricate and epic world building. Set many years into the f...
  • Mark
    Dec 31, 2018
    Cities, Colonies, Past, Present January 14, 2019 We dream of colonizing the stars. Or being colonized. Or simply contacting other sentient beings. We look up on a clear night and reject the ancient notion that we are all alone. We understand too much to accept that. But som...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    Jan 19, 2019
    The City in the Middle of the Night is the gorgeous new science fiction novel from Charlie Jane Anders. The novel, which is reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness, has exquisite world-building: on one side of the city lies night, dark and frigid, on the other side, day, bright and fi...
  • Drew
    Feb 02, 2019
    A bit messier than her first (the smash-bang amazing ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY) but in ways that pay great homage to Ursula K Le Guin while pushing hard SF ever further into the future. A tidally locked planet, humanity on the edge of a breakdown, strange creatures and stranger stories....
  • Anthony
    Aug 06, 2018
    Charlie Jane Anders writes prose that is infused with imagination, compassion, heartache, and a deep exploration of what makes us human. The City in the Middle of the Night is a huge departure from her first novel, All the Birds in the Sky, in almost every way: tone, rhythm, subject ma...
  • Bradley
    Feb 17, 2019
    I'm caught in gravity's tug. I'm stuck between two massive bodies forever tidally locked. ; ; You know those books that have that certain something that could make them truly great but then they stumble because of the characters within them? Yeah. This is one of those novels. I c...
  • Denise
    Mar 11, 2019
    DNF at 50% Perhaps I?ll try again another day as I understand the second half is better. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 09, 2019
    It takes longer than you'd expect to figure out what kind of book exactly you're reading when you read THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. It doesn't follow the rhythms and patterns you might expect, every so often the whole plot gets thrown on its head, and sometimes it seems that th...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    Apr 01, 2019
    This is the SF novel by Charlie Jane Anders, who won Nebula and Locus and was nominated for Hugo for All the Birds in the Sky. The planet January is tidally locked, which means that one side is scorched with immense heat, while the other is frozen and the life exists only on a thin...
  • Paula Lyle
    Mar 04, 2019
    This is definitely an interesting premise, but it just doesn't go anywhere. The same people keep being horrible in the same way and the other people always believe they are going to change. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 147 times and it's just bor...
  • Sana
    Apr 02, 2018
    COVERRRR. The answer to when I will get tired of covers featuring cityscapes is never --------- 'If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams...And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives.' NEEEEED. THIS BETTER BE GOOD ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jul 16, 2019
    3.5 stars The planet of January is tidally locked, with one side always facing the day, the other facing the night. In the narrow band of twilight humans live in the authoritarian Xiosphant, where waking and sleeping and strictly regimented and everyone knows their place in society....
  • Lindsay
    Feb 28, 2019
    Many centuries in the future a portion of humanity has colonized the tidally-locked planet of January. The colonists live on the thin band of the terminator in perpetual twilight between the searing day and the freezing night. But after centuries the climate is becoming unstable, the s...
  • Susan Kennedy
    Mar 13, 2019
    This one really took me some time to get through. I really wanted to like it and there were parts that I did enjoy. Overall, it was a bit of a struggle to get through. The characters were okay. Sophie and Mouth were the better characters while the others were just okay. None of them...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    Feb 05, 2019
    "I close my eyes and imagine that when I open them again I will have outgrown all of my feelings. Sometimes I clasp my eyelids until I almost see sparks." Well.. fuck. I'm a quick reader, this book isn't that long to begin with.. yet it derailed some of my TBR plans because it wa...
  • Clara
    Feb 13, 2019
    This book was sent to me by the publishing house for an honest review. This book was so intriguing and interesting! It reminded me of Brave New World, which is one book I adored. I couldn?t give this one more than 3 stars though, because I didn?t connect with any of the characte...
  • Bonnie McDaniel
    Apr 10, 2019
    This book has an interesting concept, but the execution is....less so. This tale of a human settlement on a tidally locked planet (half in white-hot killer sunlight, half in frozen dark wastelands, with only a narrow center strip of habitable land) with slowly decaying technology, fail...
  • Michael
    Mar 14, 2019
    It's tough to review this one without spoilers and still convey the essentials, because the worldbuilding is so unique, so let me give a one-liner first and you can choose to move one: An unqualified recommendation! This is a brilliant story with great characters and plot. AND, yeah, t...
  • Justine
    Feb 18, 2019
    3.5 stars I was a huge fan of Anders' debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, and so I was really excited to read her new book. The City in the Middle of the Night is absolutely and completely different in every way. I'll be honest, it did take me awhile to warm up to it, but by the...
  • Dianne Trautmann
    Mar 14, 2019
    If someone handed me this story and said this is a draft for a book, I would have said that with some polishing and editing and maybe even some rearranging (the end should have been in the middle of the book) I would have said that there was potential for a decent sci-fi story. I feel ...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jun 07, 2019
    Compared with the fast-paced, kinetic, and campy All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders opts for a more languid and slow approach in The City in the Middle of the Night. This book was a struggle to get through for the majority of the read. Anders? two leads, Sophie and Mouth?...
  • Hannah
    Jul 01, 2019
    It pains me but I need to put this down for now. I have been reading it for months and I am just not super enjoying it right now. And I do love Charlie Jane Anders so! I will come back to this. ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Mar 31, 2019
    Sci-fi is a hit or miss genre for me and, quite honestly, the term 'space opera' just fills me with absolute dread! However, this is also a genre I'm eager to expand my knowledge of. Charlie Jane Anders most recent standalone sci-fi seemed like a great place in which to start. The b...
  • imyril
    Feb 20, 2019
    Oh dear. The pace is slow, the prose lovely - I do like the way CJA writes - but I was never won over by the protagonists (or their terrible toxic relationships) and so it felt awfully long. There was so much along the way that intrigued me, except the characters, and this is more of a...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 28, 2018
    release date: 12 February 2019 me when i was like 12 is shrieking. i love planetary dynamics let me live ...
  • Jamesboggie
    Dec 08, 2018
    I received an advanced reading copy of The City in the Middle of the Night through a Goodreads giveaway. I was excited by the premise, and looked forward to reading my first Charlie Jane Anders story. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the experience. I think The City in the Middle of t...
  • Nicky Drayden
    Mar 21, 2019
    Geeky. Weird. Awesome. Ticked all my boxes. ...
  • Daniel Greene
    Mar 05, 2019
    This book manages to do everything well, without doing anything exceptional. It is like a solid dome. There are no real weak points, but nothing stands out to the reader. I do not regret reading it, but I am left wanting something more. The most glaring weakness The City in the Mid...
  • Gabi
    Jun 24, 2019
    This novel was quite different from CJA's "All the Birds in the Sky". The tone is much darker, the struggle of the protagonists much more hopeless. I was instantly drawn towards one of the MCs, the young insecure Sophie, who's hopelessly in love with the popular Bianca and willing to...