The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Review by Ms Christou

Library age rating: KS4 (Year 10+)

Genre: fantasy, magical realism, science fiction

Content warning: death, suicide, drug misuse, sexual references

Plot summary

Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library - a place between life and death. Here, Nora the chance to try out her other realities by undoing her regrets in life to eventually decide whether she wants to take a chance and change her current life with one that could have been. A story about the power of choices, big and small and the exploration of what fulfils us in life.

Positives

The questions Nora finds herself pondering in her search for a fulfilling life are incredibly relatable. Due to this, as a reader, it is easy to connect with Nora's journey and I think this book can help readers to reflect, re-evaluate and potentially re-focus their own lives.

Negatives

The ending, though integral to the book's overall message, was fairly predictable. Also, at times the scientific language around parallel universes were slightly difficult to follow.

 Reading recommendations

If you like science fiction then why not try Ready Player One and Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. If you want to explore themes of life and its intricacies, then try The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.