The City in the Middle of the Night
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 8.5 of 10
A beautiful example of world-building and the depth of culture that can be created when the world is built well. This story takes place on a tidally locked world (I’ve always wondered why we don’t see more of this) and is filled with tons of fascinating perceptions of time that would be brought upon by the sun never rising or setting. Anders creates wonderfully rich cultures which clash and blend into a multifaceted story that makes you want the story to go on and on. Above all my favorite aspect of this book was the aliens and their culture. Often in science fiction alien culture are not fully actualized, this book is an exception to that, and I found the alien to culture to be incredibly foreign, but ever so beautiful. I loved some of the characters and hated others, and the fact that I had strong feeling about them convinced me that Anders is one of our contemporary greats.