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Author: Karen Thompson Walker Title: The Age Of Miracles Publisher: Bond Street Books Publish Date: June 26, 2012 Buy:Amazon Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours and the publisher Book Review: “It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Review: I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. Its a little bit sci-fi in some respects, in others its a normal YAish kind of story.
It also has a very dystopian undercurrent, not so much like Delirium or the Hunger Games, but that element is definitely there.
What you have with this book is a beautifully written story of a young girl in middle school years coming to terms with a new way of living as a result of a huge catastrophe. The earth's spinning is slowing. Days are getting longer.
The sci-fi aspect of the story is really interesting and different. The reactions of the people living through the catastrophe felt real. This was definitely what felt like end times. I couldn't imagine how I would react if something like this happened when I was in 6th grade.
I really enjoyed this story. It was different from what I usually read, but even though it was out of my comfort zone, it kept me turning the pages watching Julia grow. Again, this isn't my typical reading material, and probably not a book I would have picked up on my own, but I'm glad I did. It was an excellent read!
Rating: 4 flowers
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