The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Published: 2012

Genre: fiction with a science fiction premise

Length: 269 pages

Setting: Southern California, near future

Font: Transitional 521

Interest: It was recommended by the Modern Mrs. Darcy, based on some books I said I enjoyed. I posted the details in this What I Will Be Reading post.

Summary: Julia is a typical middle schooler, trying to fit in with the more popular kids at school. One day, the Earth mysteriously slows its spin and the days start lengthening. At first, everyone tries to adjust to the longer days, but the added minutes aren’t consistent and continue to lengthen the day. The world governments decide to revert to “clocktime”, while some people decide to go off the grid and live on “real time”. Everyone has to adjust to days lived in the dark and sleeping during white nights. Some people, including Julia’s mom, start to manifest symptoms of a disorder. Throughout all these physical disruptions, Julia’s trying to figure out a budding relationship with her crush, Seth, and the fact her old best friend has moved on.

Final thoughts: I was a bit disappointed with the book. I think the reason for my disappointment was I wanted to know more about the why of the science of the slowing, whereas the author focused more on the impact of the slowing on relationships and growing up. I wanted a science fiction book, but it was really a fiction book.

The story was told as a reminiscence about the initial time after the slowing. I kept forgetting how young Julia was in the story, because her voice was much older. There was lots of foreboding foreshadowing (“We didn’t know how good we had it” or “I didn’t know this was the last time…”), but very little payout on the foreshadowing.

Title comes from: At one point, Julia referred to middle school as the age of miracles, when kids grow into their potential.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 53/100 in my 100 Book Challenge.

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