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Midnight in New California


Not for me 😔

A futuristic dystopian novel – or a political novel of sorts – like no other, with bits of saucy romance here and there.

Midnight in New California follows Cora Broussard as she starts a love affair with the sultry Ashley Doral.

The action takes place in a futuristic America where the USA is no longer what it was and California is a state of its own, no longer under the leadership of the dictator that rules the new United States. While New California wants to be all about freedom and no guns - not even allowing the police to have guns - things may not be as rosy as they seem. Various social classes exist, and jumping from one to another is almost impossible.

The beginning of the world building is really interesting, but other than the few details about the no-guns police and the different social classes, we don't really get to know much about New California – with the exception of the many kinds of Ubers that one can get depending on the level of privacy one wishes to have, and that polyamory is pretty much the norm. Similarly, we don't get to know much about the new United States either, other than the Dictator's hate of the Internet and the control he has over the news...

The lack of world building is disappointing as dystopian novels usually tend to have some of the best world building there is; fascinating not only for its creative ideas about the future, but also for its political commentary on the world. Midnight in California is trying to go the political route too, however it reveals very little. The main focus of the novel is actually the love affair between the two characters that just met and are instantly attracted to each other.

We do get to know these characters' families, and Cora, our main character, always has a sense that everything may not be as it seems, but the plot only starts to get going after the first half of the book – which would not be a bad thing if that first half was spent world building, but instead it was spent with our two lovers going on dates and having sex.

There are more things to talk about, but we might get into spoiler territory and while this book was not for me, I don't want to spoil anyone else's enjoyment of it.

While I like a nice erotica novel from time to time, a dystopian erotica is definitely not my thing. But if you are new to dystopian novels, this is not a bad place to start.

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I'm Andreea, book lover raised in a library by my librarian aunt (and baby-sitter). Books are my favourite gifts to receive and I love to read pretty much everything from non-fiction to new adult, but my all time favourites are fantasy and science fiction.

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About the author

Lisa Renée Julien grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but has lived in Chicago since 2003. She is currently writing a prequel to Midnight in New California. view profile

Published on July 01, 2020

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90000 words

Genre: Literary Fiction

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