I was literally dying to read “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. The book is a New York Times Bestseller, and every book review I have read just has amazing things to say. I finally received the book as a digital loan from the library, and I have to say, the book was worth the wait!
“The Age of Miracles” is told from the perspective of a child named Julia, who is living in a time when the Earth’s rotation begins to slow, therefore increasing the length of the 24 hour day by minutes. The Slowing continues, with little consequences in the beginning, then much harsher consequences as the days and nights lengthen by hours, tens of hours.
In addition to the global changes, Julia is experiencing changes in her family dynamic, experiencing the woes of first love (you know, the kind where you sit close to each other on the bus and it means you’re in love), and experiencing the changes in friendships, how they come and go.
Here’s a short YouTube trailer that will give you a great overview of the book:
“The Age of Miracles” is a must-read! This book is poignant, realistic, with a small hint of science fiction that is perfect for the non-sci-fi fan. It’s also a quick read that will keep you captivated until the last moment. After all, is the Earth going to stop rotating completely? What will happen to all of the people living on Earth?
If Earth began to slow its rotation, and you thought the world might come to an end, how would you spend your last few days?