Monday, July 23, 2012

The Age of Miracles

By Karen Thompson Walker
Random House, 2012. 272 pgs. Fiction

On a Saturday just like any other, Julia and her friend Hannah have had a sleepover. As they wake up and the day progresses however, they discover that the world as they know it will never be the same. The earth has suddenly begun rotating slower and slower adding minutes and then hours to each day. Not only do the days and night grow longer, but gravity as well as growing food is affected. Julia is facing her world being turned upside down in other ways as well, friendships dissolve, her parents’ marriage is strained, and they boy she likes doesn’t ever seem to notice she’s around.

This apocalyptic book was interesting, yet rather depressing. Once the slowing begins, there’s not a whole lot of good news. People get gravity sickness, animals and plants begin dying at a rapid rate, and Julia becomes lonelier than ever. I would recommend this book to someone who likes apocalyptic fiction and feel that it is similar to Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “Life as We Knew It.” Be aware, this book does have some rough language, but the world is ending!


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