The Midnight Library

Paperback, 288 pages

English language

Published Feb. 4, 2021 by Canongate Books Ltd..

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3 stars (3 reviews)

Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?

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Review of 'The Midnight Library' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

God awful read.

The plot is over-explained and dumbed down through the dialogue to the point where it’s painful to read. The entire story could have been summarised in a self-help/suicide prevention pamphlet, which would have spared me from the incessant attempts at gaining an emotional response.

I don’t believe in censoring books but this shouldn’t have been published.

Review of 'The Midnight Library' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Just ok. Initially I attributed the plodding, overly-simple language as a symptom of the protagonists depression, that same ‘we’re about to get to the secret’ style of hollow self-help books buuuut nothing changed when the character did. Like self-help books you’ll likely find here no soul, no nuance, no answers- just the same hollow platitudes about never knowing if it’ll get better if you pack it in now. Not enough sci for sci-fi. Just saying multiverse & invoking Schrödinger a couple times doesn’t wish a book into a different genre. Repetitive but still short. The occasional well-turned phrase counterbalanced by cringey poetry. I wouldn’t, if I were you.