The City in the Middle of the Night

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Goodreads says:

"If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams...And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives."January is a dying planet - divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.But fate has other plans - and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

Waterstones says:

If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives.

From the brilliant mind of Charlie Jane Anders comes a new novel of Kafkaesque futurism. 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 rife with danger as much as the streets below.

But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet - before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.


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3.57 out of 5 stars (5,271 ratings)
5 20% (1,080 ratings)
4 35% (1,871 ratings)
3 28% (1,492 ratings)
2 12% (646 ratings)
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About Charlie Jane Anders

I'm the author of All the Birds in the Sky, and the forthcoming The City in the Middle of the Night. Plus a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, and a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke.

I’m probably the only person to have become a fictional character in a Star Trek novel and in one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books.

I used to write for a site called io9.com, and now I write for various places here and there.

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