Number of pages: 316
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 5
I pre-ordered this book in January, but I don’t think I was really ready for it then. I think it came at the perfect time. October has been a horrible month for me (I will spare you the details), and with the last book I read (read DNFed) for fun being less than stellar, I really needed this book.
I don’t think I ever really noticed this while I was reading The Young Elites and The Rose Society, but I relate to Adelina’s anger. A small part of me wanted my tormentors to know how they made me feel (even though now that I’m not in that situation anymore, I know I never want anyone to feel what I felt), a small part of me is still angry at how they still have a small amount of power over me. Although I would not hurt my tormentors, I know where Adelina comes from. Surprisingly, instead of terrifying me (mostly because I know have way too strong moral values to do the things she does), this revelation makes me glad that Adelina has been written. I think this book shows us that just because you have done some things wrong or had horrible thoughts, it doesn’t mean you aren’t/ can’t be good, and that is a truly meaningful message for people like me. Anti-heroes are so important because people are not pure saviors of the planet; the majority of us inhabit the area of gray between pure goodness and pure evil.
This book made me cry. I am a part of that cliché that rarely cries while reading. I can get tears in my eyes, but they often do not fall. Not even the unnameable book (I still don’t want death threats) made me cry. All I could think about before the tears started to roll was how this book was missing something. As I have said before, the final star (and often the fourth star as well) are all about my emotional reaction. Still, I’m not giving this book 5 stars because I cried, I’m giving it 5 stars because I related to Adelina, and because The Midnight Star hooked me enough emotionally to make me cry.
Speaking of being hooked, I did not want to put this book down. Unfortunately, school exists, so I had to put it down in order to not sleep through my classes, but I didn’t want to. It made my heart pound, which is by far my favourite physical reaction to a good book. Also, I think the pacing and the length were perfect.
Overall, I loved The Midnight Star, earning it 5 out of 5 stars. It was exactly what I needed to make it through the rest of October.
Side note: I would like to personally sarcastically thank Canada Post for delivering my copy a day late (it was supposed to arrive on the 13th), then saying that it was delivered on the 13th, on the 14th. In case you are wondering, that is not how time works.