The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

I’m so excited that I finally get to sing the praises of The Age of Miracles! I read this book back in January 2012 and I’m glad that it’s finally being released this coming Tuesday, June 26th, so I can give it the great review it deserves.

I don’t normally gravitate towards apocalyptic fiction for some reason. Maybe it’s because these books all seem to be somewhat similar in nature, same storyline, same characters, same terrible human race destroying itself. But just like that Sesame Street song, one of these things is not like the other, this apocalyptic novel is definitely not like the others.

Our story is told through the voice of 6th grader Julia, a typical 11-year-old girl going through all the usual emotional and physical changes that comes with the territory of being an adolescent. But she is also dealing with catastrophic changes to life on earth. as the planet’s rotation has started to gradually slow down.

With the slow down, the days and nights get longer and longer with devastating consequences for the world. Gravity feels different causing birds to fall from the sky, and the long days and weeks of light and dark take a toll on all living things. The government even tries to enforce a 24 hour day to keep the country on a schedule regardless of sunrise and sunset, but groups of people ignore this mandate and try to live on the new real-time instead.

In the meantime little Julia is trying to deal with her growing pains, boys, bras and the breakup of her parents marriage, all while the world around her tragically crumbles. Walker’s writing truly encapsulates what it’s like to be a teenager and makes this story so believable that it scared the pants off me.

She has truly written a gem with beautiful prose and a page turner of a story that I truly think will make it my all time favorite novel of 2012.

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2 thoughts on “The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  1. Praise indeed!!! I’ve read so many good things about this novel that I’ll definitely read it. I’m ordinarily like you on apocalyptic novels or films – but your review has convinced me to make an exception for The Age Of Miracles.

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