The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Where did I get it? The school library
Synopsis:On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old 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.
This book is about Julia, an eleven year old girl who one day wakes up to find that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. As a consequence of ‘the slowing’ birds are unable to fly and crime and injury rates are rising.
When I started this book, I was not sure if I would like it, but the cover drew me in. However, about half way into the book I was still waiting for something exciting to happen.
The whole point of this book was definitely lost on me.
The one aspect of the book I did like, though was Julia’s narration. The way that she spoke was very interesting and well written even if the plot wasn’t.
I would not really recommend this book, but if you are a fan of coming of age/distopia novels then this may be for you.
My Rating: 2/5