The City in the Middle of the Night (Tor Books)

From Hugo and Nebula-Award winning author of the critically-acclaimed All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders, comes an all-new work of thought-provoking and entertaining speculative fiction set on a distant planet, divided into permanent day and night. The City in the Middle of the Night will satisfy Anders’ many fans as well as expand her audience as she crafts a wondrous new world in a hauntingly strange future. 

January is a dying planet—divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.

But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.

Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal. 

But fate has other plans—and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

Praise for The City in the Middle of the Night

“Like a classic from another timeline… This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman.”—Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

"I highly recommend [it].” —Anthony Rapp, Broadway star

The City In The Middle of the Night does everything right. The world is so strange and so familiar. The characters are beautiful and ugly and flawed and perfect. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat….I f—ing love this book. It is really, really breathtaking.”—Daveed Diggs, Grammy and Tony Award winning actor

“One of America’s most inventive writers has done it again: The City In the Middle of the Night is a breathtaking work of imagination and storytelling, set in a world of originality, intelligence and empathy.  Each page holds wonders, making the case for Anders as this generation’s LeGuin.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of Less

The City in the Middle of the Night is a wildly inventive, inventively radical, and radically subtle mad rush of a novel. Sophie and Mouth won my heart ten times on every page. Charlie Jane Anders is always a surprising writer; she offers so many twists and delights that at the end of this book I felt rather dizzy and very happy.” —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

Charlie Jane Anders is the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, the popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, was a Hugo Award finalist, and was one of Time magazine’s Top 10 novels of the year for 2016. Her story, "Six Months, Three Days" won a Hugo Award. She has also had fiction published by McSweeney'sLightspeed, and ZYZZYVA. Her journalism has appeared in Salonthe Wall Street JournalMother Jones, and many other outlets. Follow her @charliejane.

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ISBN: 9780765379962
Published: Tor Books - February 12th, 2019

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